Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Apple launches new MacBook Air

Apple launches new MacBook Air

Having said that the front camera remains same but surprisingly, the new MacBook Air comes with Touch ID.

Given that this is the first time Apple has redesigned the MacBook Air in roughly eight years, all of the above changes are welcome updates to the classic design.

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.

On this latest MacBook Air, you'll find two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports that both support charging, up to 5K display out and 40Gbps file transfers. The trackpad is now the new Force Touch trackpad that's 20% larger, and offers haptic feedback.

With more advanced speakers and audio processing technology, MacBook Air is claimed to deliver higher quality audio experience and wide stereo playback that makes watching movies and listening to music more immersive than ever.

The new MacBook Air comes with a 13.3in Retina display sporting four million pixels - no word on actual resolution - and some 40 per cent more colour than the old Air. The aluminum bezels around the old Air display have been replaced by the black glass common in other modern MacBooks, and the size of those bezels has been reduced by half. But the fly in the ointment could be that Apple has opted to go for the latest generation Butterfly mechanism for new Air rather than an evolved version of the much-loved keyboard on the previous Air. Weighing in at 2.75 pounds, it's also a a quarter pound lighter than the previous edition. The notebook manufactured out of 100% recycled aluminum. A MacBook Air appears on the screen, and it's apparent that this is the first of Apple's updates today. It includes a number of features that could be useful for business users, including all-day battery life, a T2 security chip, and a weight of only 2.75 lbs. The T2 chip protects the information needed for Touch ID, and ensures that software loaded on the machine isn't tampered with, for the most secure boot process of any notebook, Lagrove said. They are also given the option to choose the amount of RAM and storage space for their new MacBook Air. The device comes in a similar form factor to what we have seen in the previous generation of the MacBook Air.

That most recent previous model started at $999 for a 13-inch machine, and $1,199 for a 15-inch. The company says the 50.3-Wh battery is good for 12 hours of web browsing, too.

The new MacBook Air is a fantastic update to Apple's aging Air line.

On balance, this is the MacBook Air made for the MacBook Pro generation. Be sure to check back in to T3 soon for the full new MacBook Air picture. But one thing is for certain: Apple's not given up on that base design. The MacBook Pro starts at $1,799. There's little doubt in my mind that this MacBook Air will be Apple's new best selling model, taking over from its outdated predecessor which never lost that crown.

Irish price for MacBook Air is from €1,379 with the price for the Mac Mini starting at €919. It will be available from Nov 7 with prices starting at S$1,789.

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