Apple Updates Laptops, Gets Rid of Macbook

Apple’s updated 13-inch MacBook Pro now features Touch Bar and Touch ID, and a True Tone Retina display.

CUPERTINO — Apple has updated its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops just in time for back-to-school season. The company also dropped the 12-inch MacBook from its laptop lineup, leaving it with just two different laptop models.

The MacBook Air now features True Tone to its Retina Display screen for an even sharper viewing experience. It now starts at $1,099, $100 cheaper than before, and $999 with student discounts. Apple’s MacBook Pro has been updated with the 8th-generation quad-core processors, making it two times more powerful than before. It also now features Touch Bar and Touch ID, a True Tone Retina display and the Apple T2 Security Chip, and is available starting at $1,299 with a 13-inch scren and $1,199 for college students.

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are also part of Apple’s Back to School promotion, which includes a pair of Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones with the purchase of a qualifying Mac notebook or iMac.

“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. “With a lower $999 student price for MacBook Air and the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with faster performance, Touch Bar and Touch ID at $1,199 for students, there’s never been a better time to bring a Mac to college.”

This fall, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro can be updated at no cost with macOS Catalina, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, packed with cool new features, fresh new apps and powerful new technology for developers. macOS Catalina comes with Apple’s popular entertainment apps — Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app — and the all-new Sidecar feature enables users to extend their Mac desktop by using their iPad as a second display or as a high-precision input device. New security features keep users better protected and Voice Control lets users control their Mac entirely with their voice.

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