Hands on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 11, 2019

The old non-Retina MacBook Air was relatively popular among consumers despite its age due to its impressive performance, slim design, and low price tag. A brand new story out of Asia seems to give credence to those rumors, as the same local supplier is expected to provide components for both products.

Although it is nearly certain that those who are waiting for a new MacBook will not get it before 2020 kicks in, it seems that Apple will start making a 16-inch MacBook Pro before the end of this calendar year.

As for the 12-inch Retina MacBook, it never really made sense in Apple's lineup after the company unveiled the 13-inch MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. It's already found on iPad Pro, recent iPhones and some MacBook Pros. Again, that's $100 off and the second-best price we've seen for this config.

Currently, you can get the Apple MacBook Air (128GB) for $999. The advancements of display technology, however, would now allow Apple to pack a larger screen in a body that shouldn't be significantly larger than that of the 15-inch MacBook Pro. That $1,299 model was a favorite for some, as it excluded the Touch Bar found in more-expensive MacBook Pros. Case in point, we ran the new quad-core 13-inch MacBook Pro against an older dual-core version. This was also a reason why many users preferred it over the newer variant.

We're now testing both the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, and will report full benchmark results, including battery life, in upcoming reviews.

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