Hands on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

CNET | 7/11/2019 | Dan Ackerman
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Apple kicked off the back-to-school season with some pretty significant changes to the MacBook lineup, including price cuts, trickle-down features and a few quiet cancellations, including the old, pre-redesign MacBook Air and the cult favorite 12-inch MacBook.

Getting an update are the MacBook Air and the lowest-end version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. For the Air, that's a significant point, as the system received its largest overhaul in a decade just last year.

MacBooks - CNET - Labs - Review - Testing

Both new MacBooks have arrived in the CNET Labs for review. Our testing is ongoing, but here's an early look at some of the initial results and our first hands-on impressions.

The entry-level MacBook Pro now includes Apple's Touch Bar.

MacBook - Air - Apple - True - Tone

The new MacBook Air doesn't look any different, but it adds Apple's True Tone display, which can adjust the screen's color temperature based on the ambient lighting. It's already found on iPad Pro, recent iPhones and some MacBook Pros.

But more important than that, the starting price has been cut by $100, from $1,199 to $1,099 (£1,099, AU$1,699). That's still not the classic MacBook Air price of $999, but it's getting closer and students can get it for $999.

Changes - MacBook - Pro - Model - Favorite

More consequential are the changes to the 13-inch MacBook Pro. That $1,299 model was a favorite for some, as it excluded the Touch Bar found in more-expensive MacBook Pros. Now...
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