Months of rumors and leaks are now ending, with Apple unveiling, as expected, a thinner and lighter laptop with 2019-ready specs.
Starting at $1199 and already up for preorder, the new MacBook Air boasts bezels 50 percent thinner than before. Overall, it’s 10 percent thinner than the previous model, at just 15.6 mm, and 17 percent lighter, at just 2.75 pounds in weight. Lightness strikes again, indeed.
The 13.3-inch Retina display also received a major upgrade, going to 2560 x 1600 px, a huge upgrade from the original’s 1440 x 900. It also boasts 48 percent more colors than the previous generation so yes, it’s quite the looker.
On the specs front, the new MacBook Air is powered by an eight-generation Intel Core i5 processor and can be upgraded to up to 16 GB of memory and 1.5 TB of SSD storage. The base MacBook Air model that retails for $1,999 comes with 8 GB of RAM, the Core i5 Processor and a 128 GB SSD.
All that power doesn’t come at the expense of battery life, though. Apple says the MacBook Air of 2018 has a 12-hour battery life for regular usage and, for video watching, can go to up to 13 hours.
In terms of security, the power button at the top was replaced by a Touch ID button. Even better, Apple included the T2 security chip that will encrypt Touch ID data securely, on the machine instead of the cloud.