Apple's new MacBook Air: Price, specifications and features


Yeah, we had the 12in MacBook, but that was an exercise in compromise, and Apple revealed a "new" 13in MacBook Air back in 2014.

Audio has also been improved on the new MacBook Air. Wireless connectivity options on the MacBook Air include Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth v4.2. We'll update the guide periodically as new information about the notebook is available. And that is the MacBook Air.

The latest Apple event is ongoing, and this time around the company is announcing the newest Mac products. The new MacBook Air has better display with bigger screen-to-body ratio and better colours in the Retina Display.

Overall, the 2018 MacBook Air brings a solid update to the company's best-selling notebook, albeit with a slightly higher price tag. The border is 50% more narrow. It is backlit with individual LEDs behind every key, for even backlight. Pressure-sensing capabilities and haptic feedback also make the keyboard quieter and more capable. The speakers have also been given a full refresh with less plastic and they're now 25 percent louder.

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Apple is now producing its MacBook Airs from 100 percent recycled aluminum, making it the greenest Mac ever.

Who is the target audience for the MacBook Air?

It's the first MacBook to use the fingerprint reader without a Touch Bar, like the more expensive MacBook Pros. Apple says that the new MacBook Air can run a 5K display and supports eGPU as well. Touch ID is now present up top - a great addition - though Apple opted not to include the Touch Bar. The 11-inch iPad Pro model has a similar footprint as the previous 10.5-inch iPad model.

And that display is pushed pretty much to the edges of the Air's lid, yet still leaves space for a FaceTime camera.

The original MacBook Air was lauded as the most affordable Mac you could possibly buy, with models starting at $999 (about £770, AU$1,410) in later versions following its 2008 launch.

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However, the previous MacBook Air may never have achieved its legendary battery life figures if not for that highly-tuned (if awfully muddled) display resolution. This is a major upgrade, cutting down on time spent fiddling around on the old third-gen keyboard that the laptop is carrying over from previous MacBook Airs. Weighing in at 2.75 pounds, it's also a quarter pound lighter. 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.

What is the battery size of the MacBook Air? Well, if you're planning on upgrading your tablet, I've got bad news for you: You'll need to buy a new Apple Pencil.

The MacBook Air will cost $1,199 to start.

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