Trump hosts US airline executives — and their Qatari rival — amid tensions over Gulf state subsidies

U.S. airline executives left a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday without securing a commitment to intervene in a long-running dispute over Middle Eastern air carriers, according to White House officials and people familiar with the meeting. The private session in the Oval Office with executives from United Airlines, American Airlines, among others, highlighted tensions between the U.S. air carriers and the White House over steps taken by a Qatari competitor. U.S. ca


U.S. airline executives left a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday without securing a commitment to intervene in a long-running dispute over Middle Eastern air carriers, according to White House officials and people familiar with the meeting. The private session in the Oval Office with executives from United Airlines, American Airlines, among others, highlighted tensions between the U.S. air carriers and the White House over steps taken by a Qatari competitor. U.S. ca
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Trump hosts US airline executives — and their Qatari rival — amid tensions over Gulf state subsidies

U.S. airline executives left a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday without securing a commitment to intervene in a long-running dispute over Middle Eastern air carriers, according to White House officials and people familiar with the meeting.

The private session in the Oval Office with executives from United Airlines, American Airlines, among others, highlighted tensions between the U.S. air carriers and the White House over steps taken by a Qatari competitor. The Doha-based airline serves the U.S. from Qatar but also has a minority stake in Air Italy, which has in recent years added routes to the U.S. from Milan. U.S. carriers have sought to limit the expansion of carriers which they argue receive unfair government support. The meeting came amid bruised feelings both at the White House and in the industry — although all participants sought to put a good face on the session after the fact.

The episode revealed that there are limits to the president’s generally protectionist approach to benefiting U.S. companies at the expense of their foreign competitors. In this case, Trump didn’t take action to benefit the American carriers — an outcome that was beneficial to the Qatari airline. Qatar is also proving a tricky piece in the dispute since it is a big consumer of U.S. goods. Earlier this month, Trump touted Qatar Airways’ purchase of five freighters made by Boeing and its use of General Electric engines to power new planes.


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The F-35 has already freaked out Iran and changed everything in the Middle East

Standing in front of an F-35 jet parked at an Israeli Air Force base, Netanyahu barely held back a smile as he said that Israel can reach Iran, but Iran cannot reach Israel . But the F-35’s already powerful impact in the Middle East was multiplied extensively during the months leading up to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. While never confirmed publicly, a good number of military and political leaders in the region believed and still believe the story. The long-rumored threat the F-35 posed to Iran n


Standing in front of an F-35 jet parked at an Israeli Air Force base, Netanyahu barely held back a smile as he said that Israel can reach Iran, but Iran cannot reach Israel . But the F-35’s already powerful impact in the Middle East was multiplied extensively during the months leading up to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. While never confirmed publicly, a good number of military and political leaders in the region believed and still believe the story. The long-rumored threat the F-35 posed to Iran n
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The F-35 has already freaked out Iran and changed everything in the Middle East

That became even clearer this week thanks to a somewhat cheeky statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to Iran’s provocative moves in the Persian Gulf and other threats from Tehran. Standing in front of an F-35 jet parked at an Israeli Air Force base, Netanyahu barely held back a smile as he said that Israel can reach Iran, but Iran cannot reach Israel .

No conversation about the world’s massive political and economic changes since 2015 is complete without mentioning the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, developed by Lockheed Martin .

To understand why that soundbite with the visual backdrop was more than just bluster, you have trace the F-35’s incredible history in the Middle East over the past four years.

You don’t have to be a military genius to know that a supersonic jet that can fly undetected by radar for hundreds of miles will make a difference anywhere in the world. But the F-35’s already powerful impact in the Middle East was multiplied extensively during the months leading up to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. That was still more than a year before the jet was put into service anywhere in the world.

But it was late summer 2015 when reports in the Israeli news media surfaced about how Israelis working on F-35 prototypes had managed to double the jet’s flight and stealth capacity. It wasn’t lost on anyone that the extension meant Israeli Air Force pilots could use the F-35 to fly from Israel to Tehran and back without detection — and without having to refuel at U.S. air bases in Saudi Arabia or Iraq.

Suddenly, U.S.-Israeli air superiority in the region had risen to a new level. Saudi Arabia had already begun the process of cooperating more with Israel on defense and security matters for some time, something Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at during a “60 Minutes” interview after President Trump’s election. But the idea of letting Israeli jets land and refuel in that Arab country was still a stretch in 2015. Iraqi leaders were also not receptive to the idea. But the new technology was now rendering the objections moot.

The move only acted to bring the Saudis and the Israelis closer. It was one thing for the two countries to have a common enemy in Iran that was on the verge of getting billions of dollars and a clear, if supposedly delayed, path to a nuclear weapon. But with the new F-35 and its expanded capacities in the picture, there was something more tangible than political promises and intelligence sharing to hang their hopes on.

All of that made it easier for King Salman to shake up his regime and name Mohammed bin Salman the new crown prince. Mohammad, who is aggressive on defense, wasted little time enhancing military ties with Israel and the U.S. There was even an unconfirmed report that he visited Israel secretly in September 2017.

Yet the most direct effects of the F-35 were still to come. In July 2018, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported that Israel had flown a test mission of at least three F-35 jets to Tehran and back from an airbase near Tel Aviv. While never confirmed publicly, a good number of military and political leaders in the region believed and still believe the story. The long-rumored threat the F-35 posed to Iran now seemed like a reality.

Earlier this month, reports in the same Kuwaiti newspaper said that Iran’s military leadership panicked enough over the purported stealth mission that it kept news of it from reaching Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

But when Khamenei found out about the mission, he reportedly moved to fire not only Iran’s air force chief but also the long-serving and powerful commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. That’s major impact without even firing a shot.

All of this comes as Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has decided to choose procuring Russia’s S-400 missile program at the expense of getting promised F-35s from the U.S. Judging by how much his neighbors in the region fear and revere the F-35, this appears to be a ruinous choice.

The impact of the F-35’s development has had a major financial impact, as well. Since reports of the Israeli stealth enhancement first surfaced, Lockheed Martin shares are up more the 75%. The F-35 program is also the most expensive defense project in U.S. history, and it has faced a long history of criticism for that cost.

But considering how much the very existence of the jet has already achieved in Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iran, it may already be more than worth it.

Jake Novak is a political and economic analyst at Jake Novak News and former CNBC TV producer. You can follow him on Twitter @jakejakeny.

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Ryanair’s O’Leary says airlines are already paying ‘penal’ taxes for carbon emissions

The bosses of Europe’s biggest airlines have denied that their firms don’t pay a fair share of tax on air travel. “We are paying, on behalf of our customers, a penal level on aviation taxes,” said O’Leary, speaking in his role as chairman of the lobby group A4E (Airlines for Europe). In 2018 A4E airlines paid over 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) in aviation and environmental taxes to Brussels or individual governments. Also speaking at the press conference was Willie Walsh, the CEO of Internation


The bosses of Europe’s biggest airlines have denied that their firms don’t pay a fair share of tax on air travel. “We are paying, on behalf of our customers, a penal level on aviation taxes,” said O’Leary, speaking in his role as chairman of the lobby group A4E (Airlines for Europe). In 2018 A4E airlines paid over 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) in aviation and environmental taxes to Brussels or individual governments. Also speaking at the press conference was Willie Walsh, the CEO of Internation
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Ryanair's O'Leary says airlines are already paying 'penal' taxes for carbon emissions

A Boeing 737-8AS (EI-EBN) of Ryanair is taxing while a fuel truck refille another plane in Brussels-Charleroi Airport on July 8, 2019.

The bosses of Europe’s biggest airlines have denied that their firms don’t pay a fair share of tax on air travel.

Share prices of European carriers slumped Wednesday after France’s transport ministry announced a new tax on domestic and international air travel that involves landing or taking off within the country.

The French government has been pressing the EU to take stiffer action against airlines and it is expected that the Netherlands will soon announce measures of its own.

Speaking at a press conference late Wednesday, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said there was a campaign of bias and misinformation around efforts by airlines and that carriers in Europe were not getting a “free ride.”

“We are paying, on behalf of our customers, a penal level on aviation taxes,” said O’Leary, speaking in his role as chairman of the lobby group A4E (Airlines for Europe).

The Ryanair chief said shipping accounted for more than double of global CO2 emissions, but plane operators were being unfairly maligned.

“Nobody runs articles saying let’s tax the ferries and the boats. It is always ‘tax the planes.'”

O’Leary said new taxes were regressive as they damaged free movement and peripheral European economies.

In 2018 A4E airlines paid over 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) in aviation and environmental taxes to Brussels or individual governments.

Also speaking at the press conference was Willie Walsh, the CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways.

Walsh addressed the fractured nature of European airspace as a key area in which carbon emissions could be reduced, calling for an overhaul to the bloc’s air traffic control system.

“We could do it tomorrow, yet politicians have been discussing this issue for over 18 years. It is now time for action,” Walsh said.

The executive said an integrated European air traffic control system would lead to quicker journeys, and fewer emissions with as much as 18 million tons of C02 removed from the skies each year.


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These are the best places to live in America in 2019

Here are the states that lead the rankings for being the best places to live in the U.S. this year. 2019 Quality of Life score: 219 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B-)Strengths: Health, well-beingWeakness: Air quality2018 Quality of Life rank: 127. 2019 Quality of Life score: 221 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)Strengths: Air quality, healthWeakness: Attractions2018 Quality of Life rank: 77. 2019 Quality of Life score: 235 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B+)Strengths: Well-being


Here are the states that lead the rankings for being the best places to live in the U.S. this year. 2019 Quality of Life score: 219 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B-)Strengths: Health, well-beingWeakness: Air quality2018 Quality of Life rank: 127. 2019 Quality of Life score: 221 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)Strengths: Air quality, healthWeakness: Attractions2018 Quality of Life rank: 77. 2019 Quality of Life score: 235 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B+)Strengths: Well-being
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These are the best places to live in America in 2019

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If you could live anywhere in America, where would that be? By the numbers, these are the states that offer the best quality of life. That’s because they offer everything people yearn for: job opportunities, affordable housing, great schools, a low cost of living, affordable health care and a clean environment. Good quality of life is also good business. What better selling point could there be for a company looking to attract the best talent than to offer a great location for employees to settle down and raise a family. In this tight labor market, companies are increasingly realizing how important this is for their strategic growth plans. It is why Quality of Life is one of the key categories worth 300 out of 2,500 points in CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business 2019 rankings. We use hard data to evaluate all 50 states as places to live — factors including crime rates, local attractions, environmental quality and inclusiveness as measured by legal protections written into state laws.

Here are the states that lead the rankings for being the best places to live in the U.S. this year.

10. Massachusetts

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Fewer than 3% of residents in the Bay State are without health insurance. That is the lowest uninsured rate in the nation, and it helps explain why this is one of America’s healthiest states. But that is not the only reason Massachusetts is a great place to live. Local attractions abound, from historic Boston and scenic Cape Cod in the east, to the beautiful Berkshires in the west. Boston prides itself as the Cradle of Liberty, and strong legal protections help ensure that freedom in Massachusetts applies to all. But Boston is also the cradle of some polluted air, hurting the state’s environmental quality. 2019 Quality of Life score: 217 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B-)

Strengths: Health, attractions, inclusiveness

Weakness: Air quality

2018 Quality of Life rank: 10

9. Utah

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The Beehive State gets its nickname from the industriousness of its citizens. Utahans not only work hard, they apparently love their work. According to Gallup’s 2018 Wellbeing Index, nowhere in the continental United States do people feel better about their careers. As busy as people are in Utah, they still find time to take care of themselves. They exercise frequently, and obesity rates are low. But air quality leaves a bit to be desired. 2019 Quality of Life score: 219 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B-)

Strengths: Health, well-being

Weakness: Air quality

2018 Quality of Life rank: 12

7. (tie) Montana

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They call Montana Big Sky Country because all those unobstructed views really do make the sky seem bigger. And it turns out that big sky — and everything beneath it — contains the cleanest air in the nation according to the American Lung Association. Montana is a healthy, inclusive state, and crime is low. The state is lacking somewhat in attractions, at least in terms of places frequented by tourists. But if you are looking for breathtaking views, majestic mountains and crystal-clear waters — oh, and that big sky — this may be the place for you. 2019 Quality of Life score: 221 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)

Strengths: Air quality, health

Weakness: Attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 7

7. (tie) Colorado

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The Centennial State is home to rich natural beauty, vibrant cities, and robust inclusiveness provisions firmly enshrined in state law. Coloradans are healthy. Only 22.6% of the population is obese, the lowest rate in the nation. Air quality could be better, and the crime rate is slightly worse than the national average. 2019 Quality of Life score: 221 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)

Strengths: Inclusiveness, health, attractions

Weakness: Air quality

2018 Quality of Life rank: 9

5. (tie) Washington

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The Evergreen State is among America’s healthiest states, and its people are the most physically active. Who would not want to get out and enjoy a state with such natural beauty and so much to do. Washington prides itself on inclusiveness, with strong protections built into state law. Crime is low, but air quality may leave something to be desired. 2019 Quality of Life score: 232 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)

Strengths: Health, inclusiveness, attractions

Weakness: Air quality

2018 Quality of Life rank: 5 (tie)

5. (tie) New Hampshire

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With its famous motto, “Live Free or Die,” it stands to reason that the Granite State is among America’s most inclusive. Freedom also includes security. New Hampshire enjoys the third lowest violent crime rate in the nation. The state also boasts the nation’s lowest child poverty rate. On the other hand, air quality can suffer, partly due to the state’s proximity to Boston. And the quiet life here means New Hampshire can sometimes lack things to do. 2019 Quality of Life score: 232 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B)

Strengths: Inclusiveness, crime rate

Weaknesses: Air quality, attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 5 (tie)

4. North Dakota

The International Peace Garden along the US-Canada border in North Dakota. The central division divides Canada (right) from the USA (left). Photo: Dig Deeper | Wikipedia

The Peace Garden State derives its nickname from the International Peace Garden straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, a project that has its roots at the International Gardeners Association convention exactly 90 years ago. But the term “peace garden” could also refer to the idyllic lifestyle in this state. The crime rate is low, the population is healthy and happy, and anti-discrimination laws are stronger than most. But other than the aforementioned International Peace Garden, attractions can be sparse. 2019 Quality of Life score: 235 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: B+)

Strengths: Well-being, air quality, inclusiveness

Weakness: Attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 4

3. Minnesota

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One of the many features of the North Star state is what the locals call “Minnesota Nice,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Minnesotans are welcoming and inclusive, as evidenced by thorough legal protections against discrimination. Crime rates are low, the population is healthy, and the air is clean. We don’t factor weather into our rankings because it is too subjective. But it is worth pointing out that while winters can be brutal here, Minnesotans not only adapt to the frigid weather; they flourish in it. 2019 Quality of Life score: 259 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: A-)

Strengths: Inclusiveness, health, air quality, crime rate

Weakness: Attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 3

2. Vermont

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The Green Mountain State has the nation’s second-lowest crime rate, inclusive state laws, and a healthy population. Vermont rode those attributes to a first-place finish in Quality of Life in 2018. The state still offers an enviable quality of life, but it slipped just enough in terms of air quality and its citizens’ perceived well-being in 2019 to drop out of the top spot. Vermont’s one discernible weakness is the fact that it offers few popular tourist attractions, but many people here would consider that a positive. 2019 Quality of Life score: 262 out of 325 points (Top States Grade: A-)

Strengths: Crime rate, health, inclusiveness

Weakness: Attractions

2018 Quality of Life rank: 1

1. Hawaii

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Bernie Sanders faces backlash over war machine he brought to Vermont

In 2018, Burlington voters approved a resolution asking the Air Force to cancel the basing due to concerns about potential noise pollution. A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter approaches at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. “Vermont does not currently have a nuclear mission, nor are there plans for Vermont to have a nuclear mission. ” “The job of the Vermont Air Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing has not changed, ” the statement read. We are unaware of any intention or proposal to equip


In 2018, Burlington voters approved a resolution asking the Air Force to cancel the basing due to concerns about potential noise pollution. A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter approaches at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. “Vermont does not currently have a nuclear mission, nor are there plans for Vermont to have a nuclear mission. ” “The job of the Vermont Air Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing has not changed, ” the statement read. We are unaware of any intention or proposal to equip
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Bernie Sanders faces backlash over war machine he brought to Vermont

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally in the capital of his home state of Vermont on May 25, 2019, in Montpelier. Scott Eisen | Getty Images

A grassroots antiwar movement

This is not the first time the $1.2 trillion program has faced opposition from Vermont residents. In 2018, Burlington voters approved a resolution asking the Air Force to cancel the basing due to concerns about potential noise pollution. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger refused to sign it, in part because of what he described as potential harm to the state economy.

A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter approaches at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.

“I firmly believe that when the F-35s come, most people will experience the noise impacts to be similar to what they are today,” he said. “And in contrast to that, I think there would be very substantial adverse impacts on the economy and certainly on the airport if we were to choose not to have the F-35s come here or the Air Force were to change its decision. ” Citizens Against Nuclear Bombers in Vermont, meanwhile, oppose the basing of the fighters, revenue be damned. The group includes Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s and environmental activist Bill McKibben, as well as retired military personnel and local business owners. “Locally, we don’t believe this weapon belongs at a commercial airport located in densely populated residential neighborhoods,” James Ehlers, campaign director for Citizens Against Nuclear Bombs in Vermont, told CNBC. Lockheed Martin would not provide a comment for this article, but Capt. Mikel R. Arcovitch of the Vermont National Guard told CNBC that the F-35 Lightning II that’s coming to Burlington International Airport is not nuclear-capable, and there were no plans for that to change.

We don’t believe this weapon belongs at a commercial airport located in densely populated residential neighborhoods. James Ehlers campaign director for Citizens Against Nuclear Bombs in Vermont

“The F-35A’s coming to Vermont will not have the hardware to be nuclear-capable,” Arcovitch said. “Vermont does not currently have a nuclear mission, nor are there plans for Vermont to have a nuclear mission. ” Nuclear-capable or not, the F-35 program has long been the subject of controversy, in part due to potentially disastrous technical problems that have plagued it for years. In 2015 an F-35A experienced “catastrophic engine failure ” during a training mission, and just months later it experienced ejection-seat malfunctions that temporarily resulted in prohibiting pilots weighing less than 136 pounds from flying the plane.

In June, Defense News reported that the jet is still experiencing significant technical problems. These include sudden increases in air pressure inside the cockpit that cause “excruciating” ear and sinus pain in pilots, as well as issues affecting the helmet-mounted display and night-vision camera.

A thorn in the senator’s side

The jet’s presence in Vermont may also pose problems for Sanders as he seeks the nomination of the Democratic party for the presidency. He has long been an opponent of increased defense spending — in May, when he voted against one of the most enormous defense budgets in recent U.S. history — but that same defense spending is critical to Vermont’s economy, and Capt. Arcovitch said that the F-35 program brings in revenue for the state’s growing aerospace sector. “The total number of contractor positions the F-35A creates is around 30,” he said. “All of the jobs are directly, indirectly or related to the aerospace job sector.” He said that those positions include simulator support, personnel to protect classified materials, autonomic logistics information system technicians and field service engineers and specialists. Further jobs include construction workers specific to the F-35A mission, which he said have been good for roughly $60 million in contracts. There will also be approximately 50 aircraft maintainers. Only time will tell if Sen. Sanders’ supporters will overlook his support for this program, which contrasts sharply with his platform. Neither Sen. Sanders nor his office responded to requests for comment, but on March 11 he took part in a joint statement that included Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and Vermont Rep. Peter Welch, which not only denied that the F-35 was nuclear-capable but asserted that they would oppose it if it were. “The job of the Vermont Air Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing has not changed, ” the statement read. “Only the plane is changing. We are unaware of any intention or proposal to equip the Vermont Air Guard’s current or future aircraft with nuclear weapons. Should such a proposal be made, we would vigorously oppose it.”


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Apple discontinues its super-thin MacBook

Apple CEO Tim Cook stands in front of an MacBook on display after an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple discontinued its standard 12-inch MacBook on Tuesday, while at the same time introducing new lower-cost MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro computers. Until today, it was more expensive than the MacBook Air, but it was slower and offered fewer features. Because of that, Apple said customers preferred the MacBook Air o


Apple CEO Tim Cook stands in front of an MacBook on display after an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple discontinued its standard 12-inch MacBook on Tuesday, while at the same time introducing new lower-cost MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro computers. Until today, it was more expensive than the MacBook Air, but it was slower and offered fewer features. Because of that, Apple said customers preferred the MacBook Air o
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Apple discontinues its super-thin MacBook

Apple CEO Tim Cook stands in front of an MacBook on display after an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

Apple discontinued its standard 12-inch MacBook on Tuesday, while at the same time introducing new lower-cost MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro computers.

The MacBook design, introduced in 2015 as the smallest and lightest laptop sold by Apple, no longer makes much sense in Apple’s current computer lineup. Until today, it was more expensive than the MacBook Air, but it was slower and offered fewer features. Because of that, Apple said customers preferred the MacBook Air over the regular MacBook, even though the latter was slightly smaller.

The MacBook also faced some of the same keyboard issues that users have experienced on the 2018 MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. Apple has since worked to alleviate some of those problems in the Air and Pro by changing the materials used underneath the keys, but it didn’t update the keyboard on the regular MacBook.


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Apple lowers prices on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro and adds new features

Apple on Tuesday announced updates to the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. It also includes the updated keyboard design that Apple first launched in updated MacBook Pros back in May. Apple’s Touch Bar and Touch ID are now also offered in all 13-inch MacBook Pro models, including the entry-level option. Apple is also now offering up to 2TB of storage in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The new MacBook Air and new 13-inch MacBook Pro are available from Apple online or in stores today.


Apple on Tuesday announced updates to the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. It also includes the updated keyboard design that Apple first launched in updated MacBook Pros back in May. Apple’s Touch Bar and Touch ID are now also offered in all 13-inch MacBook Pro models, including the entry-level option. Apple is also now offering up to 2TB of storage in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The new MacBook Air and new 13-inch MacBook Pro are available from Apple online or in stores today.
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Apple lowers prices on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro and adds new features

Apple on Tuesday announced updates to the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Air price is being lowered to $1,099, but it will be offered to college students for $999.

It will be sold in the same configurations as before, starting with 128GB of storage, but Apple updated the screen with new TrueTone technology. That means it sets the colors on the screen to match the lighting of the room for a more comfortable viewing experience. It also includes the updated keyboard design that Apple first launched in updated MacBook Pros back in May. It should help to prevent some of the sticky key problems experienced in Apple’s MacBooks. But this is not the full keyboard refresh that’s rumored to ship with an entirely new keyboard configuration.

The new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 (or $1,199 for college students.) and includes a quad-core processor in the entry-level model for the first time and improved graphics performance. Like the refresh in May, the entry-level models now also come with new keyboard materials to help prevent sticking keys.

Apple’s Touch Bar and Touch ID are now also offered in all 13-inch MacBook Pro models, including the entry-level option. It includes the Apple T2 security chip for added security, support for “Hey Siri” without having to click the menu to launch the assistant. The Retina screen also includes new True Tone technology and Apple improved the speakers with wide stereo sound and directional beam forming which reduces background noise for calls. Apple is also now offering up to 2TB of storage in the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook Air and new 13-inch MacBook Pro are available from Apple online or in stores today. Students who buy a Mac, an iPad Pro or an iPad Air will also receive a free pair of Beats Studio 3 wireless headphones, which normally cost $349.95.

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Year of the Mac: Apple is showing more attention to its line of PCs as the overall industry shrinks

On Tuesday, Apple updated its MacBook Air laptop with a higher-quality “TrueTone” screen and dropped the price to $1,099, making it Apple’s least expensive laptop. It also revamped one of the 13-inch MacBook Pro models, adding a touchscreen strip to the keyboard called Touch Bar. Apple also discontinued the MacBook, a thin-and-light machine with a name that confused many Apple customers, and the older MacBook Air that didn’t include modern USB-C connectors. The update for the MacBook Air was its


On Tuesday, Apple updated its MacBook Air laptop with a higher-quality “TrueTone” screen and dropped the price to $1,099, making it Apple’s least expensive laptop. It also revamped one of the 13-inch MacBook Pro models, adding a touchscreen strip to the keyboard called Touch Bar. Apple also discontinued the MacBook, a thin-and-light machine with a name that confused many Apple customers, and the older MacBook Air that didn’t include modern USB-C connectors. The update for the MacBook Air was its
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Year of the Mac: Apple is showing more attention to its line of PCs as the overall industry shrinks

The new MacBook Air Todd Haselton | CNBC

Apple has spent a lot of time and effort over the last year revamping and refining a product line that accounts for just 9% of its sales. Apple dropped the “computer” from its name more than 12 years ago, but the Mac product line that predates the iPhone has received a lot of attention from Cupertino recently. Mac desktops and laptops are essential to Apple even as the company sells far more iPhones and iPads. That’s because the only way to write software for an iPhone or iPad is on a Mac, making many Mac users one of Apple’s most important kinds of customers: software professionals. On Tuesday, Apple updated its MacBook Air laptop with a higher-quality “TrueTone” screen and dropped the price to $1,099, making it Apple’s least expensive laptop. It also revamped one of the 13-inch MacBook Pro models, adding a touchscreen strip to the keyboard called Touch Bar. Apple also discontinued the MacBook, a thin-and-light machine with a name that confused many Apple customers, and the older MacBook Air that didn’t include modern USB-C connectors. It’s a total cleanup of Apple’s laptop lineup. Apple’s attention to its laptops comes as Mac sales dropped 5% in terms of unit sales in 2018, according to an IDC estimate. However, the entire PC market declined 3.7% during that year, according the same estimate. “Overall, it is a tremendous simplification of the entire MacBook lineup, and that’s a good thing,” closely followed Apple watcher John Gruber wrote Tuesday.

A regular refresh cycle

Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) and Apple chief design officer Jony Ive (R) look at the new Mac Pro during the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 03, 2019 in San Jose, California. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images

The refreshed models also underscore Apple’s new commitment to a regular refresh cycle for its Mac computers, so that customers don’t worry that they are buying years-old technology. People who use Mac computers for work want to know when they’re buying a new computer, often for thousands of dollars, that they’re not getting years-old technology or previous-generation Intel chips. The best way to determine this is by the number of days since the last release or refresh, since Apple doesn’t usually talk about upcoming products and doesn’t provide an update road map. The update for the MacBook Air was its first since last October, or about 252 days, according to MacRumors’ Apple release tracker. Before that, the last update to the Air was in March 2015, or 567 days before last fall’s redesign. Headed into the fall, all of Apple’s Mac products have been recently updated. The iMac got new chips in March, most MacBook Pro laptops were updated this summer and the updated fan-favorite Mac Mini was unveiled last fall. For people who need high-end, extreme-performance workstations — animators, programmers and designers — Apple revealed a new Mac Pro desktop tower in June. It starts at $6,000 and some speculate that a fully maxed-out version will cost around the price of a new sedan. The Mac Pro isn’t available in stores yet, but when it goes on sale this fall, it will be over 2,000 days since it was last updated. That’s a six-year gap that many Apple fans vocally complained about.

New software features

Apple Music will replace iTunes in macOS Catalina this fall. Apple

Apple is also supporting the Mac with new software features. For example, when Apple Arcade, the company’s gaming subscription, launches this fall, it will support Macs, not just iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs. The latest version of MacOS, called Catalina, is also seeing major changes and Apple resources dedicated to cleaning up old software that hadn’t been given a lot of attention in recent years. For example, the next version of MacOS won’t have iTunes, which had gotten bloated with lots of excess features over the years. Instead, it will have separate apps for music, podcasts and TV. You’ll also be able to sync your iPhone directly with your Mac without using iTunes. Apple also introduced a new feature that enables users to have a double-screen setup on the go by pairing an iPad to act as a MacBook’s second screen. Developers said at Apple’s conference in June that they were excited about a software development tool called Catalyst, which allows software developers to write code once and have it run on both iPhones and Macs, with the hope that some apps that were previously exclusive to the iPhone could be ported, creating a richer software ecosystem.

Keyboard problems

The keys on the keyboard take some getting adjusted to. Todd Haselton | CNBC


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Apple may launch new MacBook Air with a new keyboard that doesn’t stick, top analyst says

Apple may replace the controversial butterfly mechanism keyboards that it has used in all modern MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers introduced since 2015, according to a note from top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo said Apple will launch a MacBook Air with a new scissor-style keyboard this year, followed by a new MacBook Pro with the updated keyboard in 2020. “The cost of a butterfly keyboard is much higher (by 250–350%) than that of a general notebook keyboard because of low produc


Apple may replace the controversial butterfly mechanism keyboards that it has used in all modern MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers introduced since 2015, according to a note from top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo said Apple will launch a MacBook Air with a new scissor-style keyboard this year, followed by a new MacBook Pro with the updated keyboard in 2020. “The cost of a butterfly keyboard is much higher (by 250–350%) than that of a general notebook keyboard because of low produc
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Apple may launch new MacBook Air with a new keyboard that doesn't stick, top analyst says

Apple may replace the controversial butterfly mechanism keyboards that it has used in all modern MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers introduced since 2015, according to a note from top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The keyboard, which Apple has tried to keep improving, is known for sticking or creating multiple keypresses and has been a problem for some users. Apple has said that only a fraction of users have problems with their keyboards, but it’s widespread enough that the company began fixing all laptops with the butterfly keyboards for free in May.

Kuo said Apple will launch a MacBook Air with a new scissor-style keyboard this year, followed by a new MacBook Pro with the updated keyboard in 2020. It might also help Apple increase margins. “The cost of a butterfly keyboard is much higher (by 250–350%) than that of a general notebook keyboard because of low production yields,” Kuo said.

Kuo said Apple is turning to a scissor mechanism to replace the butterfly mechanism, which was created to help keep MacBooks as thin as possible.

“There have been successful developments in the new scissor keyboard,” Kuo said. “The new keyboard could improve the typing experience by offering longer key travel and durability by adopting glass fiber to reinforce the keys’ structure.”

Apple said a new keyboard design in the latest MacBook Pro, launched in May, would improve reliability by employing new materials. However, the design of the keys remains the same, and they may still stick.


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SpaceX is launching its massive Falcon Heavy rocket for the second time this year on Monday night in an experimental mission for the U.S. Air Force. The rocket is delivering 24 spacecraft into three separate orbits, in what CEO Elon Musk called SpaceX’s “most difficult launch ever.” Lifting off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the mission will take about 3 1/2 hours to complete. Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in the world, with 27 engines to power the colossus. In essence, Falcon


SpaceX is launching its massive Falcon Heavy rocket for the second time this year on Monday night in an experimental mission for the U.S. Air Force. The rocket is delivering 24 spacecraft into three separate orbits, in what CEO Elon Musk called SpaceX’s “most difficult launch ever.” Lifting off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the mission will take about 3 1/2 hours to complete. Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in the world, with 27 engines to power the colossus. In essence, Falcon
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Watch SpaceX launch the world's most powerful rocket in a complex mission for the Air Force

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SpaceX is launching its massive Falcon Heavy rocket for the second time this year on Monday night in an experimental mission for the U.S. Air Force.

The rocket is delivering 24 spacecraft into three separate orbits, in what CEO Elon Musk called SpaceX’s “most difficult launch ever.” Lifting off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the mission will take about 3 1/2 hours to complete.

Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in the world, with 27 engines to power the colossus. In essence, Falcon Heavy is three of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets strapped together and strengthened.


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