At its October hardware event, along with the new iPad Pro, Apple brought the MacBook Air back to the life with a first proper refresh in about three years. The new MacBook Air now comes with a Retina display, 50 percent thinner bezels, and upgraded components. The design is still similar to the standard MacBook.
It comes with a 13.3-inch screen that stretches to the edge of the enclosure. It now has two USB Type-C ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Weighing at just 2.75 pounds, the new laptop is lighter than the previous MacBook Air model that came in at 2.96 pounds.
The new MacBook Air features an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1.5TB of SSD storage. It also comes with Apple’s T2 security chip, which ensures that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered.
There’s also an HD FaceTime camera and support for Touch ID, integrated into the keyboard. As for that keyboard, it features the same keyboard as the 2018 MacBook Air support. Apple touts battery life of up to 12 hours on web browsing and 13 hours with iTunes movie playback.
As for the pricing, the new 2018 MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM, a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, and 128GB SSD standard for $1199. Other upgrade options available. It is now up for pre-orders and will go on sale from November 7th. It comes in three color options — Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.
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