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Apple Updates MacBook Air & Entry-Level MacBook Pro; Now More Affordable

Apple just updated its MacBook lineup with a couple of neat upgrades. The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, for one, now comes with a Touch Bar and Touch ID; features that were previously only available on the higher-end MacBook Pro laptops.

As for the MacBook Air, it receives a minor upgrade in the form of a True Tone display. But the big news here is the fact that it is more affordable than before: it now retails from RM4,699 instead of RM5,249.

Aside from the lower price tag and True Tone display upgrade, the MacBook Air still has the same hardware under the hood. It still comes with a 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina display, an eight generation Intel Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core processor paired with 8GB or 16GB of RAM, an Intel UHD Graphics 617 integrated GPU, Touch ID, as well as two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support.

Two storage options are available for the MacBook Air (128GB or 256GB), which retail at RM4,699 and RM5,499 respectively. If you want even more storage space, you can configure it accordingly. Of course, that will drive up the price considerably too.

Basically, even with the price cut, the MacBook Air is still quite a costly laptop. Especially if you want more than just 128GB of storage.

And then we have the new entry-level MacBook Pro, which hasn’t been updated since 2017; this refresh is much overdue. It now features an eight generation Core i5 1.4GHz quad-core processor (with Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz), the aforementioned Touch Bar, as well as Touch ID support.

With this refresh, all variants of the MacBook Pro now come with the Touch Bar, for better or worse. Unfortunately, this variant of the Pro still only has two USB-C ports. The higher-end models come with four ports instead.

Aside from that, other hardware of this base model remain largely unchanged. It still comes with a 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina display with True Tone technology, an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 integrated GPU, as well as up to 16GB of RAM.

Pricing wise, the new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro now begins from RM5,499 for the 128GB model. The more practical 256GB variant, on the other hand, retails at RM6,299.

If you’ve been waiting to get a brand new MacBook Air or Pro, now is as good a time as any to purchase one. On top of that, with the discontinuation of the 12-inch MacBook, the Air is now the most affordable MacBook in Apple’s lineup.