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Apple launches new MacBook Air with retina display

30 October 2018, 10:30 | Cameron Gross

Apple launches new MacBook Air with retina display

All-new MacBook Air takes flight

After a year plus hiatus, the MacBook Air is back. It's late to the game, sure, but now that it is here and with the holiday season upon us, Apple is likely going to sell a lot of these in the coming months.

Introduced by CEO Tim Cook on stage at an event in Brooklyn, New York, the new computer will boast Apple's famous "Retina Display" for the first time.

The 2018 MacBook Air has a 13.3-inch Retina display with 2732-by-1536 resolution, and the bezels around the screen are 50% slimmer than the old model.

Touch ID on the MacBook Air is supported with Apple's T2 chip, with an SSD controller. It's also 17% smaller than previous MacBook Airs, 10% thinner, and a quarter-pound lighter at 2.71 pounds. The 2018 MacBook Air features an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Intel UHD Graphics and faster 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB. Apple says this reduces the laptop's carbon footprint by a half. It comes with a headphone jack, but there are only two other USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports.

It's 15.6mm thin and weighs around 1.2kg - that's only slightly heavier than the MacBook.

Apple said the MacBook Air is the most-loved laptop from Apple, and the new Air is the ideal device for portable use.

The overall shape, size, and weight of the new MacBook Air got a refresh too. The new MacBook Air's trackpad is 20% larger than its predecessor, and it also features Force Touch. Apple says the display now contains "over 4 million pixels" and "48% more color" compared to the prior model.

The new MacBook Air retails for £1,199 ($1199), and is available to pre-order now.

The MacBook Air was refreshed with faster processors past year. It will start at $1,199, which is a slight jump from the $999 starting price of the older MacBook Air.

The speakers are now 25 percent louder with better bass and includes a three-microphone array for better Siri input and communication. 2015 was the last time Apple upgraded the MacBook Air, and although the company has been introducing major improvements on other MacBook devices, the MacBook Air has always been neglected.

This means the design of the Air has changed a fair bit so it now looks like something between a MacBook Pro and the 12in MacBook.

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