Apple discounts MacBook Air, discontinues non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro

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The update to the 2018 MacBook Air is minor, only bringing support for True Tone to the device's Retina display. A True Tone display upgrade comes along for the ride.

This is a great addition to the MacBook Air after a Retina display was finally added in its previous refresh.

The revised MacBook Air, which now starts at $1,099 (down from $1,199) or $999 for college students, comes with True Tone.

You can get a Touch Bar with the cheapest MacBook Pro.

The announcement was made just in time for the back-to-school season in the U.S. and Europe but Malaysian students can also enjoy additional discounts.

This model starts at $1,300 (128GB SSD), but theres a Core i7 version for $300 more and you can add more RAM (starts at 8GB, 16GB is $200 extra) and more storage too.

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As we mentioned at the outset, if you look on the Apple website now, the only laptops offered are the revamped MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, with the 12-inch MacBook doing a vanishing act. In the United States, the refreshed MacBook Pro is priced at $1,299, while college students get it at $1,199 - it will go on sale in the U.S. later this week.

On the MacBook Pro, Apple is making some more significant changes.

The biggest improvements, however, are to the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The company also updated the entry-level MacBook Pro, giving it Touch Bar and Touch ID, as well as a new 8th-gen Intel laptop - that's right the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro, the one that featured a physical Escape key, has been discontinued. Yes, that notebook was severely outdated with its 5th Gen CPU and ancient design; however, the non-Retina MacBook Air was the last remaining Apple laptop without the troubled Butterfly-switch keyboard. The MacBook Air is the most affordable, best all-purpose machine at $1,099, while the entry-level MacBook Pro at $1,299 includes attributes of the higher-end Pro line such as the Touch Bar.

If you're interested in purchasing a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro for school, not only are education discounts available, but Apple's Back to School promotion is also offering free accessories with qualifying purchases, such as a pair of Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones.

For students, the new MacBook Air can be yours from as low as RM4,299 for the 128GB model and RM5,099 for the 256GB variant.

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