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Apple refreshes MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, discontinues 12-inch MacBook

By nanoguy ยท 7 replies
Jul 9, 2019
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  1. Apple earlier this year refreshed its higher end MacBook Pro 13 inch and 15 inch models with beefier, 8-core CPUs and subtle improvements to its infamous keyboard. Now the company is giving the same treatment to the base MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models, making them more compelling for the back-to-school season.

    The entry-level MacBook Pro is joining the Touch Bar (and Touch ID) club, which marks the end of the "MacBook Escape" option that has been the only sane option for some, particularly software developers.

    On the inside, the dual-core Kaby Lake i5 processor has been replaced with a quad core i5 of the Coffee Lake flavor, but on the outside there's the same butterfly keyboard, as well as the same two USB-C ports Apple considers enough for this model. The flipside is that the True Tone display is now also a thing on the base MacBook Pro.

    As for the MacBook Air, it gets a thinner upgrade in the form of dual core Coffee Lake CPUs and a True Tone display, so just like the Pro it is now capable of adjusting based on ambient lighting for more natural colors. The Air is also equipped with two USB-C ports and a third-gen butterfly keyboard, but if that's not your cup of tea, Apple might return to scissor switches in upcoming models next year.

    Apple has also dropped the starting price for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro to $1,099 and $1,299 respectively, and students can have them for $100 less, which is a smart move considering 71% prefer Macs over a PC.

    The Cupertino giant also quietly stopped selling the older, non-Retina MacBook Air, as well as the 12-inch MacBook, which started at $1,299 and only had one USB-C port for connectivity (and charging). While it wasn't for everyone, and was plagued by low performance and butterfly keyboard switches, its biggest issue was arguably Intel and its struggle to make its chips smaller and more energy efficient.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,036

    All the latest news point out this is exactly what's going to happen. They finally recognize the complete failure of the butterfly keys, returning to the traditional scissor switches in the 2020 update. Took them awhile though. For me personally, the butterfly keys was the reason I never upgraded my Macbook Pro from the last generation that had scissor switches, and it still works perfectly.
    Fearghast and Mr Majestyk like this.
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,941   +1,490

    Keyboard probably wouldn't be the problem if Apple didn't want paper thin laptops.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,036

    They still can have them very thin, by recessing the keyboard. The guy in the following video nailed it...

  5. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 566   +323

    And 90% of these have no idea how to use a computer, much less understand technology. Buying last years intel chip at today's price, no thanks.
    Fearghast, Mr Majestyk and OneSpeed like this.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,036

    Buying a Mac for most customers is like buying your first car - you have no idea what you are doing, but it is overly exciting, 'cos it looks great!
  7. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +901


    #2 I have 4 PC - two of which are laptops. All of them are pretty much sharing the same data over various clouds and my NAS. The main things Apple has over all of my PC is space saving, lightweight design without power/productivity compromise. They run far more efficient and weight far less.

    Both my desktops weigh over 50 pounds.

    Both my laptops weigh 10 pounds or more. They are really desktop replacements.

    When I want a solid travel computer that won't tip the scales of the corporate scum controlling the airways, I go with Apple. Otherwise, my gaming and work goes with PC.
    MonsterZero likes this.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,036

    Also, it has thin aluminium design, which you can hide under jacket, and it may even stop a stray bullet :)

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