Apple cuts MacBook Air price by $100, gives MacBook Pro chip upgrade

Kelley Robertson
July 10, 2019

In the USA, the laptop is priced at $1,099, and will be available at $999 for college students when it goes on sale later this week.

Apple has updated the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro for the back-to-school season.

Apple is expected to add brand new iPad and MacBook Pro models to its lineup, reports have claimed over the past few months.

The 2019 MacBook Air price in India now starts from Rs. 99,900, while college students can get it at Rs. 92,074. While the MacBook Air gets a True Tone Retina Display as an upgrade, the company is lowering the starting price. Both it and the Pro above got the True Tone feature on their Retina displays (this feature automatically adjusts the color temperature of the screen). Apple had to remove the Function keys from the MacBook Pro's keyboard to accommodate the new input. The entry-level $1,299 13-inch MacBook Pro now comes with quad-core 8th gen processors for the first time, as well as the Touch Bar, Touch ID, and the t2 security chips.

Both the updated MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro will be made available for consumers to purchase via Apple Authorised Resellers from July 25.

A series of reports mentioned the 16-inch MacBook Pro in the past few weeks, without revealing any details about the device.

In terms of pricing, the 1.4GHz quad-core Core i5 model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is officially priced in Malaysia at RM5,499. Apple is also launching its back-to-school promotion for students today, which gives them a pair of Beats Studio 3 wireless headphones with the purchase of a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or other qualifying Mac devices.

"College students love the Mac - it's the notebook they rely on from the dorm room to the classroom, and the No. 1 choice among higher education students", said Tom Boger, Apple's senior director of Mac Product Marketing. Apple has not formally announced the fate of the previous MacBook Air or 12-inch MacBook, but we have confirmed that these two systems are now discontinued.

The bigger update comes to the MacBook Pro line, which sees the death of the Touch Bar-less MacBook Pros and the introduction of two new, updated 13-inch MacBook Pros with TouchBar.

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