The MacBook Pro sorely needed an upgrade, but so did the MacBook Air, Apple’s original ultra-thin laptop, which never ever got the Retina screen treatment.
Well, it was not meant to be. At today’s “Hello World” event, Apple’s Phil Schiller essentially killed off the Air by showing its replacement: the cheapest version of the new, 13-inch MacBook Pro.
This variant does not have the new, customizable Touch Bar, but it has the same design and form factor as its more advanced brother, which makes it — as Schiller pointed out during the keynote — thinner and smaller than the 13-inch Air.
In terms of specs, this 13-inch Pro starts with a 2GHz, dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, Intel Iris Graphics 540, 8GB of memory, a 256GB SSD and two Thunderbolt 3 ports (as opposed to four ports on the 13- and 15-inch Pro with the Touch Bar). Read more…