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Earlier this week, Apple updated the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models with new internals.

The all-new Apple MacBook Air was refreshed late past year with this hugely popular machine getting a stunning new look and much sharper Retina display. The previous base tier had an Intel 7th-generation 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5 chip.

That gives the new model single-core and multi-core scores of 4,639 and 16,665, compared with the 4,341 and 9,084 scores given to the 2017 entry-level MacBook Pro.

"With a lower student price for MacBook Air and the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with faster performance, Touch Bar and Touch ID at a lower price for students, there's never been a better time to bring a Mac to college".

The notebook can also be upgraded to a 1.7GHz Core i7 chipset for an additional $300. That's a good thing since the new model features a more powerful and power-hungry quad-core processor. As far as how powerful that upgrade is, there now only appears to be one Geekbench test of the processor. Of course, we'll be waiting for changes in these results as more benchmarks are expected to be conducted.

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12-inch MacBook will replace the 13-inch Retina MacBook Air that was released in the fall of 2018 at a lower price.

Keep in mind that these are just benchmarks and real-world performance can differ.

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. Because those hardware upgrades like the Touch Bar are going to sap more power, and Apple needs to maintain the same (claimed) 10 hour battery life.

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

"College students love the Mac - it's thenotebook they rely on from the dorm room to the classroom, and the No.1 choiceamong higher educationstudents", said Tom Boger, Apple's senior director ofMac product marketing.

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