Apple updates MacBook Air & Pro, kills 12-inch MacBook & "MacBook Escape"

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While there's no denying that the 12-inch MacBook desperately needed an update, especially after Apple released the Retina MacBook Air a year ago, we don't quite feel the same way about the last-gen MacBook Air. It also features the new keyboard design that Apple introduced back in May with the updated MacBook Pros in an attempt to solve keyboard issues that have been plaguing users.

The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is getting a bigger overhaul. Apple says that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now its entry-level Pro model, but unfortunately, that designation comes with a casualty, as the 12-inch MacBook has been seemingly discontinued.

The MacBook Pro gains a TouchBar and TouchID, and the device - which is available to students for $1,199 - also features a True Tone Retina display, a super-fast SSD and the Apple T2 Security Chip.

The MacBook Air's update is the addition of its True Tone technology, which is supposed to adjust the display's colors based on ambient lighting, to the 13-inch MacBook Air's Retina Display. Now the company is giving the same treatment to the base MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models, making them more compelling for the back-to-school season. MacBook Air is created to power through daily tasks, from email and web surfing, to photo editing and FaceTime calls, and at an even lower price, it's the do-it-all notebook for consumers and students alike. By the way, despite their names, the 12” MacBook was both thinner and lighter than the Air (but had a wimpy CPU).

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Another machine popular with students is the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro - and Apple has also updated this line-up with the latest 8th generation Intel Core i5 processors.

It also suggest that Apple has dropped the pricing of its SSD upgrades across the Mac lineup, too.

As must be noted in any coverage of new Apple laptops, it's important to state that the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models both retain the butterfly mechanism keyboard. There's more, you can get 20% off AppleCare+ and more, check here for details.