Apple launches new MacBook Air with Retina Display

Apple launches new MacBook Air with Retina Display

Apple launches new MacBook Air with Retina Display

Apple has officially revealed its new MacBook Air (2018) at an event today in Brooklyn, New York, with the much-wanted product shown off in full and silencing months of rumours about how it would look. Delivering the all-day battery life it's known for, the new MacBook Air is available in three gorgeous finishes - gold, space gray and silver. The MacBook Air 2018 is an interesting device in that it sticks to relatively the same design while completely overhauling the display, processor and inputs. We can hardly blame Apple for sticking with the knife's edge design of the original MacBook Air.

Bought an Apple Pencil to go with your existing iPad Pro? Fans of MacBook Air - and there are many - have clamoured for a new Air with Retina display for years. But along with the retina screen, "we've made the display better in every way", she added.

We're very excited about what we've seen today of the new MacBook Air, and can't wait to get hands on with the device very shortly. The new Air's display glass is right to the edge of the enclosure, with borders that are 50% narrower. It also weighs less than the old Air: 2.75 pound vs. 3 pounds for the old model. This chip not only handles your fingerprints, but it is also an SSD controller with real-time encryption, an IO controller, and an always-on processor for Hey Siri! These allow MacBook Air to offer the most secure boot process and most secure storage of any notebook.

A third-generation keyboard features a butterfly mechanism, and 4x more stable keys over the previous generation.

For many, the £1,249 12in MacBook, which uses Intel's Y-series ultra-low power chips, has not been a suitable replacement, while the 13in MacBook Pro without a touch bar, which is also £1,249 has been too expensive. I doubt anybody will complain about the significantly larger Force Touch trackpad, which feels like it's physically moving while in fact doing nothing of the sort. Pressure-sensing capabilities and haptic feedback also make the keyboard quieter and more capable.

The notebook has two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports for connectivity. Macs are apparently the number one in customer satisfaction, and that's from the 100 million active install base.

Who is the target audience for the MacBook Air?

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

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