New MacBook Pro and Air, 12″ model discontinued
Apple has done a small update and cleanup of the MacBook lineup.
The 12″ MacBook series got cancelled. The smallest portable MacBook without fan had not been updated since 2017 and is now completely out of the program. The closest model to the small and compact MacBook is now the hundreds of grams heavier MacBook Air. Apple also stopped offering the older Air without Retina Display.
The MacBook Air now gets a display with True Tone technology like the pros and has also become even cheaper – by $100. As usual, we would like to point out that you shouldn’t use the 128 GB version. The operating system has to be subtracted from this memory size and even bigger programs like Garage Band are not even installed. So if you really want it to be your work computer, take at least 256 GB.
Not only the 12″ MacBook was discontinued, but also the MacBook Pro without Touch Bar. It has been replaced by a new entry-level 13-inch model. This comes with Touch Bar, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 1.4 GHz processor – so it runs 1 GHz lower than the better versions. However, the processor has four cores to offer, so that the increase to the previous two should still be clear. Friends of the function key series now no longer have the opportunity to purchase a corresponding model in the mobile Pro range. But you get a T2 security chip and a Touch ID sensor.
Surcharges for more SSD memory decreased
As part of the adjustments, Apple has not only lowered the price of MacBook Air, but at the same time also made the surcharges for more SSD memory cheaper. So the prices for the soldered memory have become more civilized and it makes more sense to upgrade the memory without being too economical.