Apple announces New MacBook Air: smaller bezels, smarter, faster, lighter

Apple announces New MacBook Air: smaller bezels, smarter, faster, lighter

Lindsey Duncan
October 31, 2018

Apple has just launched the much-anticipated refresh of its portable notebook, the MacBook Air. It's late to the game, sure, but now that it is here and with the holiday season upon us, Apple is likely going to sell a lot of these in the coming months.

The company announced the new MacBook Air at an event held in Brooklyn, New York.

We'll start off with the new MacBook Air, which now features a 13-inch "Retina" display, Touch ID and an Intel 8th Gen Core-i5 CPU.

MacBook Air now includes Touch ID - a fingerprint sensor built right into the keyboard - which allows you to instantly unlock your MacBook Air, authenticate your identity, and make fast, simple and secure purchases using Apple Pay, as per the company. And as you might expect, the display is still 13.3 inches, keeping the overall size of the laptop small enough to carry the "Air" moniker.

On top of this Apple has included two Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C ports on the left-hand side.

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The new MacBook Air is 10 percent thinner than the previous model and is a quarter-pound lighter. On the inside, the Mac mini has up to six-core processors, with system memory of up to 64GB and internal flash storage of a maximum of 2TB.

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In a way, the new MacBook Air sounds like the flawless laptop ever created. Apple promises up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playback, and 12 hours of wireless web browsing for the notebook. Apple says that the new MacBook Air can run a 5K display and supports eGPU as well. There's an "HD" front-facing camera above the display.

Despite all of these changes, the New MacBook Air takes up 17% less space than the predecessor. Most spectacularly, it's made out of 100 percent recycled aluminum to create Apple's "greenest Mac ever". These are well known from other Apple products, but this is the first time color options have made their way to the MacBook Air. It also feels like the keys have slightly more bounce to them when compared to the 2017 MacBook Pro and possibly even the 2018 MacBook Pro. If you happen to have a super fast network set up, then there is also a 10Gb Ethernet port on the back.

In addition to the Retina Display, the New MacBook Air also gets Touch ID. As mentioned above, the new MacBook Air also features a larger screen, more pixels, and improved stereo speakers and keyboard. However, there are also a few upgrades MacBook Air 2015 users will have to begrudgingly accept with this new model, including the Force Touch Trackpad and higher starting price.