Apple Updates MacBook Air with Retina Display

Apple Updates MacBook Air with Retina Display

Apple's October 30 event saw the launch of the new MacBook Air, which hasn't seen a refresh in design since 2010.

Apple announced a new model of its lightweight MacBook Air laptop on Tuesday during its event in Brooklyn, New York.

Maintaining its signature slim profile but with 17 percent less volume, the new MacBook Air is highlighted by its new display, featuring 50 percent smaller bezels, allowing for a reduced footprint while retaining the same screen size.

While the new keyboard does not include a Touch Bar, the power button in the top right corner has been replaced by a Touch ID sensor.

To handle Touch ID, "Hey Siri", and on-the-fly encryption of user data, Apple includes one of its T2 platform-management chips in the new MacBook Air. Instead you get a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, which can support eGPUs, storage, up to a 5K display (or two 4K screens), or other hardware. It's also worth noting that the new Air weights 1.24kg (2.75lbs), with the older version of the laptop coming in at 1.3kg (2.95lbs) - the laptop felt extremely light and I could easily hold it in one hand.

The new MacBook Air will start at $1,199 with 8GB of RAM, 1.6GHz Core i5 CPU, and 128GB SSD.

Both machines will be available for pre-order today and ship on 7 November.

The MacBook Air 2015 and its forbearers are practically timeless products. Since then, Apple has continued to sell the MacBook Air with outdated components.

All of that with pretty much the same battery life promises as before - up to 12 hours of web browsing. Or FaceTime HD Camera as Apple calls it, because of course it is.

What is the MacBook Air?

The Air's aluminum casing is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum, Apple said.

That new Retina display seems like it absolutely had to happen considering the sort of all-screen, minimal-bezel screens on offer in MacBook Air rivals like the Huawei MateBook X and Dell XPS 13, and makes Apple's super portable system look like it belongs in 2018.

There you go: the "new MacBook Air". The trackpad is now Force Touch, with 20% more surface area. This base configuration starts at $1,199, which makes this model the cheapest, until you start adding more to the configuration.

The higher resolution display is easily the biggest upgrade the 2018 MacBook Air has seen.

So here's the New MacBook Air, a completely redesigned, reengineered, and carefully refined upgrade over the predecessor.

How much does the MacBook Air cost?

. It also weighs less than the old Air: 2.75 pound vs. 3 pounds for the old model. "Unlike any notebook that's come before or since, MacBook Air has become the most beloved notebook ever".

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