Apple has started the new school year with significant major changes in the MacBook lineup, including price reductions, retention features, and some silent cancellations, including the old MacBook Air preconceived before redesign and the favorite cult 12 inch MacBook.
The MacBook Air and the lowest version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro are being updated. For the air, this is an important point because the system has received itsjust last year.
The two new MacBooks have arrived in CNET labs for review. Our tests are in progress, but here is an overview of the first results and our first practical impressions.
The new MacBook Air does not differ at all, but it adds Apple's True Tone display, which adjusts the color temperature of the screen according to the ambient lighting. It is already on iPad Pro, recent iPhones and some MacBook Pro.
But more importantly, the starting price has been reduced by $ 100 from $ 1,199 to $ 1,099 (£ 1,099). This is not yet the $ 999 classic price offered by the MacBook Air, but it is getting closer and students can get it for $ 999.
The changes to the 13-inch MacBook Pro are more consistent. This $ 1,299 model was a favorite for some, as it excluded the more expensive MacBook Pro touch bar. Now you can no longer avoid the touch bar, but it is included for the same price of $ 1,299, with the TouchID fingerprint reader and the T2 security chip.
It also switches from an older dual-core Intel processor to a new quad-core version, so the cheapest Pro feels more like a pro. As an example, we compared the new 13-inch quad-core MacBook Pro to an older dual-core version. Yes, the eighth generation chips have an advantage over the seventh generation chips, but the difference between the two basic models is huge.
MacBook Pro 13 inch (2019)
MacOS Mojave 10.14.5; Intel Core i5-8257 at 1.4GHz; 8 GB of DDR3 2 133 MHz SDRAM memory; 1536 MB of Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645; 256 GB SSD
MacBook Pro 13 inch (2017)
MacOS Sierra 10.12.6; 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-7267; DDR3 8 GB, 2 133 MHz, 1 536 MB SDRAM Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650; 256 GB SSD
We are currently testing the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, and we will release full results, including battery life, in future reviews. While the Pro is gaining tremendous speed, I would not expect a real change in the performance of the MacBook Air – the biggest change is the price.