Apple has discontinued the MacBook Air

MacRumors ran some Geekbench benchmarks on the new MacBook over the previous model and saw performance gains of up to 83 percent.

Earlier this week, Apple updated the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models with new internals. This is in comparison to the previous iteration in 2017 that uses a 7th-gen 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5 processor. It has notably more powerful processor than quad-core Intel Core i5 processor.

Based on eight Geekbench results, the 2019 MacBook Pro scored 4,639 in single-core and 16,665 in multi-core specifically.

13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models launched between 2016 and 2019 are also eligible for the Keyboard Service Program.

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In Australia, pricing for the new Apple MacBook Air starts at AU$1,699 or AU$1,549 for university students. The 15W chip is part of the Coffee Lake family and has a max Turbo Boost frequency of up to 3.9GHz. You can upgrade the storage to 256GB or the RAM to 16GB for an extra $200, or step up to a 1.7GHz quad-core i5 for an extra $300. As far as how powerful that upgrade is, there now only appears to be one Geekbench test of the processor. For more processor-intensive tasks like video editing or gaming, get a MacBook Pro.

Keep in mind that these are just benchmarks and real-world performance can differ. The devices are equipped with a 58.2 Wh battery that can power the machine for up to 10 hours on a single charge.

This update should make buying an Apple computer a little less confusing with a much more simplified structure on offer to consumers.

"College students love the Mac - it's thenotebook they rely on from the dorm room to the classroom, and the No.1 choiceamong higher educationstudents", said Tom Boger, Apple's senior director ofMac product marketing.

  • Delia Davidson