Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
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Apple kills the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro, discounts the Air

Apple kills the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro, discounts the Air

Apple no longer sells a MacBook Pro without Touch Bar; the entry-level 13-inch model, which still starts at $1,299, now includes both the Touch Bar and Touch ID. College students will get an additional $100 off, bringing the price to $999, the company said Tuesday. The new MacBook Air also comes with True Tone on the 13-inch Retina display that can automatically adjust the color temperature of the display for different lighting conditions.

However, that entry-level machine gets a considerable boost with the introduction of an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor (1.4GHz, with boost to 3.9GHz), which Apple claims makes it twice as powerful compared to its predecessor.

Just in time for back-to-school season, Apple has refreshed two of its most affordable MacBooks for 2019. It will be available for $1,199 for college students. The "MacBook Escape" is also getting updated to full-on "MacBook No-Escape" with Touch Bar, Touch ID, and 8th gen Intel Coffee Lake processors, all for the same $1299.

Prior to this update, the non-True Tone model with 128GB storage was originally priced at RM5,249 while the 256GB version was going for a whopping RM6,099.

What's especially interesting with these updates is that, unlike the higher-end MacBook Pro updates earlier in the year, Apple didn't push for the latest, faster silicon.

Price: $1,299 / $1,499 in the U.S. and starts at Rs 1,19,000 in India.

The 12-inch MacBook, the "classic" non-Retina MacBook Air and the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro are all officially gone, though you can still find them in some retail channels, as well as Apple's own refurb store.

As part of Apple's Back to School promotion, Apple is offering a pair of Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones with the purchase of a qualifying Mac notebook or iMac. This means the MacBook Air lineup now starts at Rs. 99,000.

With Apple adding Touch Bar to the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro at the same price, there are no non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro models in the lineup anymore.

This new simplicity in the product line would have been incomplete apart from the third big change today: the death of the 12-inch MacBook.

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