Last Thursday Apple announced that the slim and portable 11-inch MacBook Air will soon be replaced by the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. However, even as the 11-inch Air will no longer be manufactured and sold, the 13-inch MacBook Air will still be manufactured and sold, but with double the RAM from 4 GB to 8 GB. Nothing else will be updated, upgraded, and no new features will come out of the new 13-inchers. Likewise, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro replacing the MacBook Air 11-incher will only be “basic” compared to previous Apple MacBooks that came out. What makes it very basic is the fact that it doesn’t have the fancy new Touch Bar utility display bar above the keyboard, or the new Touch ID sensor that lets you unlock your laptop in order to purchase from online stores. And unlike the other previous MacBook Pro 13-inchers and 15-inchers with 4 Thunderbolt 3.0 ports, the new one will sport only 2 Thunderbolt 3.0 USB-C ports.
In spite of having less powerful specs compared to its other MacBook Pro siblings, the new MacBook 13-inch Pro is more powerful than any MacBook Air in Apple’s inventory. And despite being a MacBook Pro, the new model is 12 percent thinner compared to its other MacBook Pro siblings, at only 14.9mm in thickness compared to its sibling’s 17.0mm thickness. However, while the MacBook Air sold for just $999, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro will have a price tag of $1,499. It’s already available online or at licensed Apple stores and can be shipped immediately after ordering. Another feature of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is its new TV app that takes aim at replacing cable TV. The TV app can easily find and stream live TV in one place. Should this TV app be a sounding success, Apple plans to incorporated this TV app in all its Apple TV’s, iPads, and iPhones by December. When the app is used, users can search for desired content from a list of streaming platforms sort of like a TV guide.
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So far, hundreds of providers have signed on to Apple’s TV app service including BBC, Hulu, and NBC. Netflix however, has not signed up. During a recent Cupertino event, Apple’s senior leaderships in Phil Schiller and Tim Cook, also clarified that they will actually be releasing two types of 13-inch MacBook Pro models, both carrying the same name. The $1,499 model is the one described above while another model selling for $1,800 will include the transformational Touch Bar found on top of the keyboard replacing the traditional function keys and the Touch ID. Both models will carry the same specs but the more expensive model will get back its 4 Thunderbolt 3.0 USB ports. Both Cook and Schiller further clarified that Apple is doing this so people buying the MacBook Pro will have a choice of the just the very basic model or the more sophisticated 13-inch model.