UAE- Apple announces upgrades, lower prices for MacBook Air, Pro

Apple Kills Off the Last Non-Touchbar MacBook Pros, Discounts MacBook Air

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro has been given the teardown treatment over at iFixit, with some interesting revelations concerning the battery, keyboard, SSD and more. The previous base tier had an Intel 7th-generation 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5 chip. Apple has also outfitted the 13-inch Pro with its Touch Bar, which means that Touch ID is coming along for the ride as well.

The 2019 base MacBook Pro averages a single-core score and a multi-core score of 4,341 and 9,084, respectively.

The teardown also confirmed that this refreshed laptop now carries the same improved third-generation butterfly keyboard seen in the more expensive models of the MacBook Pro 2019, as we already reported.

The notebook can also be upgraded to a 1.7GHz Core i7 chipset for an additional $300. Students at college can get the MacBook Air entry-level for $1,000 or the MacBook Pro entry-level for $1,200. As far as how powerful that upgrade is, there now only appears to be one Geekbench test of the processor.

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While some might lament the death of Apple's lightest computer (personally, I was eyeing the next 12-inch to be my next laptop), to Apple's credit the thought process has become much simpler.

Looking under the hood of the new entry-level MacBook Pro, it appears that the notebook is powered by a custom variant of Intel's U-series processors. Benchmarks results show an 83% increase in speed, but performance-wise, it could be different in real-world usage.

This laptop will keep up with you as it has up to 12 hours of battery life on a charge. The MacBook Air now starts at $1,099, though if you're a college student, you can snag one for $999.

You can buy the base model with two Thunderbolt 3 ports directly from Apple for $1,300 and $1,500 depending on the configuration.

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