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MacBook Air Updated With True Tone Display and Lower $1,099 Starting Price

Apple today announced that it has updated the MacBook Air with a True Tone display and lowered its starting price from $1,199 to $1,099 in the United States, or $999 for qualifying students through Apple's education store.


True Tone automatically adjusts the white balance of the ‌MacBook Air‌'s display to match the color temperature of the light around you to provide a more natural viewing experience. The feature is similar to Night Shift, but more dynamic, continuously adapting to the surrounding environment.

This is the first update to the ‌MacBook Air‌ since it was radically redesigned in October 2018 with a Retina display, faster 8th-generation Intel Core processors, butterfly keyboard, larger trackpad, Touch ID, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, Apple T2 chip with Hey Siri support, louder speakers, and more.

$1,099 continues to get you a 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and Intel UHD Graphics 617.

Alongside today's update and price drop, Apple has also discontinued the 2017 ‌MacBook Air‌, which it had continued to sell for $999 following the introduction of the revamped ‌MacBook Air‌ last October.

The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro was also refreshed today with the latest 8th-generation Intel Core quad-core processors for up to two times faster performance. The notebook now also features the Touch Bar, ‌Touch ID‌, True Tone, and the Apple T2 chip. Pricing starts at $1,299, or $1,199 for qualifying students.

The 2019 ‌MacBook Air‌ is available to order now.

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18 weeks ago
Can I pay extra for not having that Touch Bar?
Rating: 40 Votes
18 weeks ago
Missing a key feature: removal of butterfly keyboards!
Rating: 25 Votes
18 weeks ago

I still don't get the hate for the Touch Bar. I like it. Especially with Better Touch Tool. To each their own I guess.


I despise it. It is awful for me. I am glad my 2018 MBA doesn’t have it. Glad you like it though — some people do. More power to them.

I thought it had some potential, but as a coder, who puts his fingers on top of the function keys (especially for stepping through code), the fact I cannot rest on the F keys any more just makes me very upset. I use an external keyboard on my 2018 MBP for this reason.
Rating: 22 Votes
18 weeks ago
Still has the junk keyboards.

Still can’t buy a high-quality laptop from APple at any price.
Rating: 21 Votes
18 weeks ago
Well theres the old MacBook Air gone. Glad I got my Mum one last month. Rest in piece good keyboard and MagSafe.
Rating: 21 Votes
18 weeks ago
Can I pay extra for not having that Touch Bar?
Rating: 16 Votes
18 weeks ago
I still don't get the hate for the Touch Bar. I like it. Especially with Better Touch Tool. To each their own I guess.
Rating: 16 Votes
18 weeks ago
Damn. I was hoping for the better keyboard Ming Chi Kuo was predicting and a spec bump: the 1.6 GHz i5 was a bit slow by last year’s standards.
Rating: 7 Votes
18 weeks ago

Fab! But would be nice if Apple can get this product into that magic $999 price point for the standard retail price.

Seeing as most users will need 256 GB, even the $1,099 is basically a lie at this point. Greedy son-of-a-bitch company.
Rating: 7 Votes
18 weeks ago

Where were the rumors leading up to this? I literally just bought an Air last week for the MIL, arrived last Friday. Checking the prices on the Canadian Apple site, I could have saved $50 by buying it this week (Last week, $1499, this week, $1449). I would have held off if a refresh was being hinted at.


Return it. You’re within the 14 day return window.
Rating: 7 Votes

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