Apple’s event today saw it introduce some great new features and devices. While the new Macbook Pro definitely stole the limelight, there was a smaller sibling on the show as well. Apple has apparently decided to replace the Macbook Air series with an entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro. The 11-inch version of Macbook on the other hand, has been discontinued.
The announcements were made at today’s Apple event. While you can read our detailed coverage of Macbook Pro right here, the new 13-inch Macbook
Air Pro, is more like a rather toned down version of the more flashy Macbook pro.
The device lacks two of the most hyped about features that were announced recently, namely the Touch Bar and the Touch ID. Other features are also downgraded as comparison the the premium, 15-inch Pro. The 13-inch Macbook Pro packs a 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor that is capable of a Turbo Boost mode up to 3.1GHz.
The device comes with a 256GB PCIe-based SSD and has 8GB of 1866 MHz memory. You also get a Force Touch trackpad along with Two Thunderbolt 3 ports. They keypad has been upgraded as well and deploys a new second-generation butterfly mechanism.
The 13-inch, entry level MacBook starts at $1,499. This is almost $500 more expensive than the previous iteration of Macbook Air, that still sells for $999. Meanwhile, you can order the device now and expect it to ship within a few weeks.
This is actually a pretty clever move on Apple’s part. The Macbook Air has always been touted as one of the company’s cheaper variants. However, Apple is all about premium and the company has now managed to remove the “Air” lineup as well. This is not to say that the company won’t resuscitate the Macbook Air at some point in the future — however, it is all about the Pro at this point of time.