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15 May 2020 04:43

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Apple Memorial Day sales arrive early for AirPods Pro, iPad 10.2, MacBook Pro

AppleInsider proudly offers readers some of the best deals on Apple products year round from top retailers like Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Best Buy, and others. B&H's latest flash sale delivers price drops of up to $1,600 off Mac Pros, 13- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, Apple's Pro Display XDR and even iPad Pros. 2019 MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 8GB, 128GB): $849* ($250 off) *To activate the special price, you must shop through this special pricing link or the $849 B&H link in our 2019 13-inch MacBook Air Price Guide from a laptop, desktop or iPad. We're sorry, but the offer cannot be redeemed in mobile apps at this time. You can thank Apple's new H1 chip for this, alongside lower gaming lag, and its "50% faster" connection for phone calls — although we didn't really notice any difference compared to other true wireless earbuds, including the original AirPods. Despite all these extremely welcome new additions, it's hard to forgive Apple for the fact that it still hasn't made the AirPods sweatproof.

Love it or hate, the AirPods' golf-tee design is iconic, so Apple didn't stray too far away from it when designing the AirPods Pro. They just now sport a shorter stem, which brings us to this major concern: Battery life. We tip our hats to the Apple AirPods Pro. These are absolutely the best true wireless earbuds that you can get if you're an iOS user. Instead of Face ID, which remains exclusive to the iPad Pro and the latest iPhones, you get Touch ID, although that's not exactly a deal-breaker for most users. There's still no way of storing it, though, unlike the second-gen Apple Pencil which magnetically attaches to the iPad Pro, and it's still in danger of snapping in half every time you charge it through the Lightning port. Right now, the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with 7th-gen Intel Core i5 processor is available on B&H Photo Video for a huge $150 below its usual price.

Even though we're super happy to see that the MacBook Pro still has a headphone jack, Apple decided that USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 is the future and has ditched every other port. This MacBook Pro includes the Touch Bar (units that don't have this feature tend to be cheaper) but it's honestly not very useful. Fortunately, B&H is offering as much as $300 in savings on Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for a limited time. Pro savings Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2019) These mid-2019 MacBook Pro models feature a 13.3-inch Retina display, Touch Bar, and 8th-gen Intel Core processor. The machines are equipped with 13.3-inch Retina displays, two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and pack in 8th-gen Intel Core processors.

The 13-inch machines balance power and portability, though the new 2020 MacBook Pro was just announced if you want to go for the latest specs possible. It's sleek, light, almost powerful enough to do everything I need thanks to a worthwhile processor upgrade, and most importantly, the laptop has ditched Apple's beleaguered Butterfly mechanism in favour of the excellent new Magic Keyboard. All that said, I ran into significant thermal throttling issues when trying to run several Adobe apps simultaneously while connected to a 4K display — because of this, shelling out significantly more cash for the 10th Gen Intel i5 Macbook Pro (2020) might be a better option for some people in the creative space. However, the audience Apple is going after with the new MacBook Air likely won't be connecting ultra-high-resolution screens to the laptop or, in most cases, running resource-intensive apps like me. In several ways, the new Air is a true return to form for Apple's laptop for the average MacBook user, save for a few issues.

Regardless of what configuration you opt for, the new MacBook Air is likely sufficiently powerful for most people — you just need to be aware that you can't push its hardware quite as far as you should be able to on paper. Apple has finally killed off the Butterfly keyboard mechanism with the release of its new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. While I don't fall into the camp of Mac users that hated the Butterfly keyboard's low-travel keys, the underlying mechanism suffered significant issues over the years that resulted in dead and unresponsive keys. Any way you look at it, an unreliable keyboard is unacceptable, especially for a laptop that costs as much as the MacBook Air. If you've used Apple's Magic keyboard before, you know what to expect here. To be clear, these are still lower-power Y-series Ice Lake chips and not the U-series processors featured in Apple's higher-end MacBook Pro line. There are comparable and lower-priced Windows 10 laptops that offer 10th-generation U-series power, so it's disappointing that Apple has opted to stick with Y-Series processors for the 2020 MacBook Air just like it did with the 2018 and 2019 version of the laptop.

Since the new Air features Intel's 10th Gen processors now, it also includes the chip maker's more powerful Iris Plus integrated graphics, allowing the laptop to run a 6K display. The odds of a MacBook Air user actually owning a 6K display are pretty minimal, though it's a nice feature to have. Anyone looking for a laptop powerful enough to handle tasks like this while connected to a 4K external monitor will likely want to opt for the new MacBook Pro. On the other hand, the Air was able to handle running these apps relatively easily when not connected to an external display, though I experienced a few bouts of lag when editing multiple pictures at once in Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC. Still, the fans can get pretty loud, so if you're like MobileSyrup staff writer Bradley Bennett and hold unreasonable hate for laptops with fans (RIP OG MacBook), you aren't going to be pleased with the way the new Air handles thermal throttling. Regarding the i5 10th-Gen MacBook Pro (2020), the laptop hits 1,188 for its single-core score and 4,347 for multi-core, making it significantly more powerful than the MacBook Air (2020), as expected. It's important to note that the Air can now be configured with a quad-core processor and up to 16GB of RAM, though only the previous generation 2133Mhz LPDDR3 ram, unlike the new MacBook Pro (the configuration I used for this review has 8GB of RAM). While the speakers do indeed sound better, in my experience, the jump in quality isn't as noticeable as it was from the 15-inch MacBook Pro to the newer 16-inch version of the laptop. Keep in mind that while the new MacBook Air is a true return to form for Apple's popular laptop line, it still has issues. That said, just like the MacBook Pro (2020), it would be great to see Apple push the battery life expected from its laptops just like it did years ago. I shouldn't need to be effectively limited to using Apple's own apps to experience improved battery life because that's not how everyone will use the laptop. The laptop also doesn't include Wi-Fi 6, but given few devices even support the new technology I don't see this as an issue.