Hey Look, There's a New MacBook Air on the Way

STOCK  Getty ImagesA woman uses an iPad in Hong Kong Hong Kong

STOCK Getty ImagesA woman uses an iPad in Hong Kong Hong Kong

Apple announced a new model of its lightweight MacBook Air laptop on Tuesday during its event in Brooklyn, New York.

Touch ID on the MacBook Air is supported with Apple's T2 chip, with an SSD controller. The lowest-end MacBook Air features a 1.6Ghz dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 CPU with Turbo Boost up to 3.6Ghz, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB of SSD Storage and an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 617 card.

The price of the MacBook Air with Retina display will start from $1199.

On this latest MacBook Air, you'll find two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports that both support charging, up to 5K display out and 40Gbps file transfers. Overall, it weighs 2.75 lbs, a quarter pound lighter than its previous Air. All Mac minis now use faster flash storage as well with capacities up to 2 terabytes, Apple said. Pre-orders will be shipped, and the laptop will be available at retail, from 7 November.

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How different is the new MacBook Air from the previous version?

"It forever changed the entire industry for portable computers and became the world's most loved notebook", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Apple's 12 hours of wireless web browsing (or 13 hours of iTunes movie playback) is on a par with before, too, though it still insists on only including a 30W power adapter. Even so, the FaceTime camera remains on the front, at the top of the screen. Be sure to check back in to T3 soon for the full new MacBook Air picture. Every MacBook Air is now made from 100% recycled aluminum, reducing its carbon footprint by 50%.

At first glance, the Air's display looks great, though it doesn't feature the True Tone technology included in the 2018 Macbook Pro. The Retina display also has better color, and the screen stretches closer to the edges of the device. Apple has also brought the TouchID fingerprint authentication system to MacBook Air that will enable users to easily login to their Mac. The screen on the new MacBook Air has four times resolution with four million pixels to offer more detail and 48 per cent more colour reproduction.

The new MacBook Air comes in space gray, silver, and a new gold that's still kind of roses. But oh boy, has it been due a refresh, something Apple fans have been crying out for, thanks to the Air's neat design and intuitive keyboard and trackpad. The headphone jack, thankfully, is still on-board. The new MacBook Air's trackpad is 20% larger than its predecessor, and it also features Force Touch.

The MacBook Air will face competition from a number of more affordable Chromebooks, including the Samsung Chromebook Pro (which starts at $599), the Google Pixelbook (priced around $999), the Acer Chromebook 15 (around $250), and the Asus Chromebook Flip (around $400). We'll keep you updated on the latest.

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