The new 2018 MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch Retina display
Apple’s New York event on Tuesday saw the launch of the new MacBook Air, which hadn’t seen a refresh in design since 2010, with the last spec-bump announced at last year’s WWDC. The new MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch Retina display, a first for the series and a feature that’s long been anticipated. Another new feature is the new Touch ID, which is enabled by the T2 chip. The Apple T2 chip does provide a secure enclave for Touch ID, as it also contains the SSD controller and other vital components like an image signal processor.
The new MacBook Air base model features 8GB of 2133MHz RAM up to 16GB, an Intel Core i5 processor 1.6GHz base clock, with Turbo up to 3.6GHz with Intel UHD Graphics 617, and a 128GB SSD up to 1.5 terabytes. Price starting from $1,199 and goes up for pre-orders in the US today, with availability from November 7.
MacBook Air specifications and features
The new MacBook Air provide a backlit keyboard with individual lighting behind each key, based on the third generation Butterfly mechanism that’s said to be 4 times more stable. There is also a all-new Force Touch trackpad, giving it 20 percent larger area apart from pressure sensing capabilities. The new MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch Retina display (2560×1600 pixels) with a 16:10 aspect ratio. This gives the display 48 percent more colour, and bezels that are 50 percent narrower, than the previous generation.
The company is also provide louder stereo speakers with more bass than before, and it features a three mic array. There are 2 USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side of the new MacBook Air, which will give it more power, USB , Thunderbolt connectivity, HDMI, VGA, Display Port and eGPU connectivity, depending upon the type of accessory connected at the end.
There is also a 720p FaceTime HD camera from Apple on top of the display, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. With Wireless connectivity options on the MacBook Air include Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth v4.2. It features a 50.3Wh battery that provide up to 12 hours of wireless Web browsing, 13 hours of iTunes movie playback, and 30 days of standby time.
In the design department , Apple says the new MacBook Air occupies 17 percent less volume than the previous generation of MacBook Air. The company also says it now uses custom alloy, ensuring the laptop is built with 100-percent recycled aluminium, instead of high grade aluminium in previous generations which helps reduce the carbon footprint be nearly 50 percent.
The new MacBook Air is also just 15.6mm-thick, which makes it 10 percent thinner than the previous generation of Macbook Air. The weigh is 1.25kg, down from 1.34kg of the previous generation.