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Apple launches new MacBook Air with retina display

31 October, 2018, 00:18 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • All-new MacBook Air takes flight

More than anything else introduced this week, the new MacBook Air highlights Apple's strategy of going all in on custom and next-generation parts, even if it pushes up the starting price.

The Cupertino, California-based company showed off the long-awaited update to the iconic MacBook Air's design during its fall hardware keynote at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York.

The all-new MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch Retina display.

The new model features Touch ID built directly into the keyboard.

The new MacBook Air also comes with Touch ID for fingerprint unlocking, much like the recent MacBook Pro models.

As for tech specs, you get 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports, 8th generation dual-core CPU with the latest Intel graphics.

There are two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the notebook's sides, but that's it, so those using accessories reliant on USB-A, DisplayPort, or an SD card slot will need to get an adapter of some sort. Featuring a significantly smaller footprint, the new MacBook Air takes up 17 per cent less volume, is 10 per cent thinner measuring just.61 inches at its thickest point, and at just 2.75 pounds is a quarter pound lighter than the previous generation. The new MacBook Air launches on November 7. Apple will offer PCIe SSDs ranging from 128 GB all the way up to a whopping 1.5 TB in the Air.

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The MacBook Air features 12 hours of battery life for wireless web browsing, and 13 hours of battery life for iTunes and playback.

In terms of availability, we are not sure about the exact release date in Malaysia but at the time that this article is published, the shipping date for MacBook Air is now stated on Apple Malaysia website as between 3 to 17 December. Despite the narrower border design, the FaceTime camera was kept at the top of the display. Be sure to check back in to T3 soon for the full new MacBook Air picture. Aluminium gives strength and durability to the new Mackbook Air, which is made from 100% recycled aluminium.

The revived Air also has a 13.3-inch display, but with higher Retina-grade density. The new MacBook Air should come to India by the end of the year. The trackpad is now Force Touch, with 20% more surface area.

Lastly, as we are massive audiophiles here at T3, we were also impressed with the new MacBook Air's upgraded audio system. We'll update the guide periodically as new information about the notebook is available.

The MacBook Air has the new butterfly mechanism keyboard, too, which we saw earlier in the year in the new MacBook Pro line, which is 4 times as sensitive as before and is LED backlit.

Here's how much it will cost in Australia and when you can get your hands on it.

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