Apple has just unveiled a refresh for both their MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineup, bringing in new changes and some impressive price drops. If you're looking for a new MacBook, there’s never been a better time. Let’s take a look at what’s changed this year and how the prices differ. On top of the savings offered by Apple with this latest refresh, you can also save up to 12% with Techscheme. We’ll explain how it all works at the end.
New MacBook Air 2019 - What’s Changed?
Let's first look at the new MacBook Air refresh. Whilst very little has changed on the outside, the pricing has been adjusted and the display has had a bit of extra love.
The display has been updated to feature the True Tone Display. With this, the display color temperature can be adjusted automatically based on the current lighting from the environment the MacBook Air is in.
With the new pricing offered by Apple, the MacBook Air now starts at £1,099 instead of £1,199. Everything else about the MacBook Air is the same. That means the base model is available with a 1.6GHz dual core 8th gen Intel i5, 8GB RAM, a 128GB SSD, and Intel UHD Graphics 617.
Apple offers upgrades for the MacBook Air, and a suggested upgraded model costs £1,299. This includes the same i5, 8GB RAM, but a 256GB SSD.
The 12-inch MacBook range has been discontinued which was inevitable following last year’s major refresh of the MacBook Air. The old MacBook Air has also been discontinued.
What’s Different with the New MacBook Pro 2019?
Much like the new MacBook Air refresh, you won't see any changes to the exterior of the new MacBook Pro models. However, there are many more changes on the inside. Firstly, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro model features newer generation Intel processors. You can choose either a 6 core or 8 core 9th generation Intel chip.
The smaller 13 inch model has a quad-core 8th generation chip. The 15-inch MacBook Pro 8-core version will have far faster performance over the quad-core, so it's a huge jump up for anybody that needs even more power out of a MacBook.
There's also a new upgrade to the keyboard. Apple has designed this upgraded keyboard with a refreshed butterfly key mechanism so that key failures are cut down drastically in comparison to the older generation model.
Everything else about the new MacBook Pro is in line with the older models. If you're unsure what that is, here's a quick refresher. The 13 inch model can come equipped with either an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 or Graphics 655 and SSD storage starts at 128GB. 8GB RAM is the default option. The Graphics 645 version costs £1,299 and the 655 version costs £1,799 and includes an extra upgrade to a 256GB SSD.
The 13 inch model without TouchBar has been discontinued. All MacBook Pro models now feature Touch ID including the entry level model.
The 15 incher starts with the 9th generation 6-core Intel i7 processor, 16GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and the Radeon Pro 555X graphics card. This entry option costs £2,399. Alternatively you can opt for the even more powerful 8-core 9th generation Intel i9 processor version. With this model, you also get 512GB SSD storage, 16GB RAM, and a Radeon Pro 560X graphics card for £2,799.
Summary and Techscheme Savings
Like all new Apple tech, you can save up to 12% on the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro when purchasing through Techsheme. Here is an overview of the potential savings.
|13" MacBook Air, Intel 617, 128GB SSD
|13" MacBook Air, Intel 617, 256GB SSD
|13" MacBook Pro, Intel 645, 128GB SSD
|13" MacBook Pro, Intel 645, 256GB SSD
|13" MacBook Pro, Intel 655, 256GB SSD
|15" MacBook Pro, Radeon Pro 555x, 256GB SSD
|15" MacBook Pro, Radeon Pro 560x, 512GB SSD
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