Apple finally unveiled a refreshed MackBook Air. The revamp is one of the most important ones since the ultra-light but powerful laptop debuted about seven years ago. Apple announced the new MacBook Air with a new and vivid Retina Display, slimmer bezels, and even thinner and lighter body than the predecessors. Needless to mention, the MacBook Air has set new industry standards ever since it first launched, and the latest one is no exception. The new edition of the sleek laptop features a revolutionary new unibody that’s made from an entirely new alloy of Aluminum. Incidentally, the new device’s body is made from recycled Aluminum shavings.
The new MacBook Air refresh had a long time coming. Moreover, despite its several appealing features, new iOS Operating System, and powerful internals, the laptop will now have to compete with several powerful and sleek laptops, two-in-ones, convertible machines like HP Spectre, Microsoft Surface Pro 2, and even a few devices from Xiaomi. Let’s look at the specifications, features, price and availability of the new MackBook Air.
Meet the new MacBook Air, with a fresh new retina display, featuring…
Edge-to-edge glass 👀
13.3 inch display 👀
48% more color 👀
4M pixels 👀 pic.twitter.com/32mWcgkx0w
— CNET (@CNET) October 30, 2018
MackBook Air Specifications, Features
Apple last updated the MackBook Air in early 2017. However, several users complained the update was more of a mere refresh as the device merely had a newer chipset. The rest of the specifications remained identical to the previous version.
Apple has finally let go of the 1440 x 900 display in favor of the 2560 x 1600 resolution screen. In other words, the 13.3-inch Retina Display on the new MacBook Air has four times the resolution as the display on its predecessor. Moreover, Apple has successfully reduced the bezels and even managed to make the laptop slimmer. The new device is 17 percent smaller than the previous version, and weighs just 2.75 pounds (1.25 Kg).
A powerful dual-core 8th-gen U-series processor from Intel powers the new MacBook Air. Buyers can pack as much as 16GB of RAM and up to 1.5TB of storage. Incidentally, MacBok Air gets the faster SSDs instead of the slower HDD. Interestingly, the Intel U Series processors have a rating of just 15W. This means the new device should have a decent battery life. Incidentally, Apple assures the new MacBook Air offers up to 12 hours of web browsing or 13 hours of playing back videos from iTunes.
The new MacBook Air comes with TouchID, Apple’s own fingerprint recognition and authentication protocol. The authentication is backed by Apple’s own T2 security chip, which was launched last year. Interestingly, the technique can be used both for Apple apps, like Apple Pay, and third-party apps as well. The laptop also gets a large “Force Touch” trackpad. However, Apple has embedded the same butterfly keyboard as on the MacBook Pro, which drew some criticism. There are two thunderbolt 3 ports that can work as power supply, USB, HDMI, VGA and other connectors.
Apple MacBook Air Price, Availability
The newly launched Apple MacBook Air starts at $1,199. This translates to about Rs. 87,500. The base variant of the MacBook Air comes with 1.6GHz i5-8265U Intel CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD. Apple has already begun taking pre-orders, and is promising shipments will begin shortly.
Apple appeared to have clearly prioritized the MacBook Pro range of laptops. As the name implies, the laptop was aimed at professionals. Apple upgraded the MacBook Pro regularly, and even introduced a 12-inch laptop, simply called “MacBook,” into the lineup. However, the just launched MacBook Air outpaces the 12-inch MacBook in several key areas, including a powerful new processor, RAM and even internal storage.