Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Apple announces all-new MacBook Air 10 years after original debut

Apple announces all-new MacBook Air 10 years after original debut

"Apple's focus has always been on providing people the tools to unleash their creativity", Tim Cook says from the stage, as a Mac logo appears behind him and the audience cheers, noting that 51 percent of Mac buyers are new to Mac.

Apple said the MacBook Air is the most-loved laptop from Apple, and the new Air is the flawless device for portable use. Apple also launched new iPads on Tuesday, showing the company continues to spread its bets with gadgets beyond the key iPhone line.

The price of the MacBook Air with Retina display will start from $1199. Apple says the display now contains "over 4 million pixels" and "48% more color" compared to the prior model.

Touch ID on the MacBook Air is supported with Apple's T2 chip, with an SSD controller.

The body of the MacBook Air is all-aluminium, it is 100% recycled. It weighs 1.25kg, down from 1.34kg of the previous generation.

First and foremost, Apple's new MacBook Air comes with the performance upgrade everyone's been waiting for.

All-in-all, the new MacBook Air looks pretty damn slick and will likely win the approval of a good deal of fans.

Overall, the 2018 MacBook Air brings a solid update to the company's best-selling notebook, albeit with a slightly higher price tag. Up to 16GB of RAM is on offer, and SSD storage tops out at 1.5TB, meaning there's a proper spec boost over the old Air.

Apple iPad Pro 2018 now features an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display.

The new MacBook Air is 10 percent thinner than the previous model and is a quarter-pound lighter. It has Apple's T2 security chip for enhanced security. The Force Touch trackpad comes with 20 percent more surface area. Since then, Apple has continued to sell the MacBook Air with outdated components.

There are two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the notebook's sides, but that's it, so those using accessories reliant on USB-A, DisplayPort, or an SD card slot will need to get an adapter of some sort. The base model will come with 128GB internal storage and 8GB RAM.

All told, it's a better design in terms of portability, but it doesn't leave much room for power similar to that of what the MacBook Air held against contemporaries of the time.

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