Apple's new MacBook Air has a Retina display and fingerprint sensor

All-new MacBook Air takes flight
Apple launches new MacBook Air with retina display
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31 October, 2018

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. The new MacBook Air has better display with bigger screen-to-body ratio and better colours in the Retina Display.

However, it has only two ports, both of them in the USB-C format. All other ports have been eliminated, as expected in Apple's modern MacBook port strategy. The new MacBook Air's trackpad is 20% larger than its predecessor, and it also features Force Touch. The company is also touting louder stereo speakers with more bass than before, and it features a three-mic array.

"The new MacBook Air has a 13.3" 2560x1600 Retina Display with 50% narrower bezels than its predecessor, and a modern-looking design that has glass coverage up to the edges. At 2.75 lbs, it is a quarter pound lighter than the previous version. Most spectacularly, it's made out of 100 percent recycled aluminum to create Apple's "greenest Mac ever". The notebook manufactured out of 100% recycled aluminum.

Apple has heard your cries for a MacBook Air refresh and the company has finally delivered.

The MacBook Air was refreshed with faster processors past year. The Touch ID sensor is built into the keyboard in the upper right corner, and its durable sapphire crystal surface covers a T2 security chip. To maintain the security of the device, the device will come with the T2 security chip which also controls the SSD of the device.

In terms of carry weight, the new MacBook Air weighs just 2.75 pounds. The new Macbook Air comes with audio controller, always on process to enable "Hey Siri", and latest generation keyboard.

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Under the hood, you'll find an 8 generation Intel Core i5 processor, Intel UHD graphics and up to 16GB of RAM. All models ship with SSD storage, starting at 128GB and going all the way up to 1.5TB. It'll be available in Apple retail stores and through authorized Apple resellers from November 7. We've been rapidly nearing (or arguably already past) the point where these old computers either needed to be updated or removed from the lineup entirely.

Apple fans and power users are the target audience for the MacBook Air, though it has several features that may interest business professionals as well. Be sure to check back in to T3 soon for the full new MacBook Air picture. Apple has finally chose to deliver exactly what everyone has been asking for: a MacBook Air with a Retina display and modern internals. The MacBook Pro starts at $1,799.

However, the previous MacBook Air may never have achieved its legendary battery life figures if not for that highly-tuned (if awfully muddled) display resolution.

The MacBook Air was popular because it was one of Apple's most affordable machines: a sub-$1,000 machine, ideal for students, travelers and everyone on lower / middle incomes who couldn't splash out for something more.

The first thing you'll notice is that the Air has gotten even smaller again, but still has a 13.3-inch display.


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