Apple kicked off the back-to-school season with some pretty significant changes in the MacBook lineup. There were price cuts, drip functions and some silent cancellations, including the old redesigned MacBook Air and the favorite 12-inch cult MacBook. Get an update for the Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
For the Air, that is a significant point, since the system received the largest revision in a decade last year.
Our tests are ongoing, but here we present some of the first results and our first practical impressions. Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
The entry-level MacBook Pro now includes the Apple touch bar. The new MacBook Air does not look different, but it adds the Apple True Tone screen, which can adjust the color temperature of the screen according to the ambient lighting.
It is already in iPad Pro, recent iPhones and some MacBook Pros. But more important than that, the starting price has been reduced by $100, from $1,199 to $ 1,099.
That’s still not the classic MacBook Air price of $ 999, but it’s getting close and students can get it for $ 999. Look at this: MacBooks back to school become faster and cheaper 5:15.
Changing in MacBook Pro
More consequential are the changes in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. That model of $1,299 was the favorite of some, since it excluded the tactile bar that is in the more expensive MacBook Pros.
Now you can no longer avoid the touch bar, but it is included for the same price of $1,299, along with the TouchID fingerprint reader and the T2 security chip.
It also jumps from an old Intel dual-core CPU to a new quad-core version, so the less expensive Pro looks more like a Pro. For example, we run the new 13-inch MacBook Pro quad-core versus an earlier version dual-core Yes, the eighth generation chips have an advantage over the seventh generation, but the difference between the two basic models is huge.
Specifications of Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (quad-core, 2019) 16949
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (dual-core, 2017) 9032
- NOTE: Longer bars indicate better
- CPU performance CINEBENCH R15
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (quad-core) , 2019) 647
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (dual-core, 2017) 381
- NOTE: Longer bars indicate better performance SYSTEM SETTINGS
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (2019) MacOS Mojave 10.14.5; Intel Core i5-8257 at 1.4GHz; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz;Graphics Intel Iris Plus 1536MB 645; 256 GB SSD
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (2017) MacOS Sierra 10.12.6; Intel Core i5-7267 3.1GHz; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz, 1536MB Intel Iris Plus 650 graphics; 256 GB SSD
We are currently testing both the new MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air, and will report full benchmark results, including battery life, in the upcoming revisions.
While the Pro is getting a great speed boost, it would not expect any real change in the performance of the MacBook Air: the biggest move there is the price.