New MacBook Air thinner, lighter, perfectly portable
At a special event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last month, Apple® introduced the latest iteration of its best-selling notebook computer.
MacBook Air® has always set the standard for the ultralight notebook category. In fact, when it was first introduced in 2008, Steve Jobs unveiled MacBook Air by sliding it out of an envelope.
Now the new MacBook Air sets a higher standard for portability. The iconic wedge is noticeably thinner (almost an inch by width and more than half an inch by depth) and lighter (by about a quarter pound). It is also the greenest Mac ever, created from 100 percent recycled aluminum.
MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch Retina® display that’s far crisper than those of previous models. Although the screen is the same size as before, Apple eliminated the surrounding aluminum bezel, taking the display glass right to the edge. With a resolution of 2500-by-1600 for more than four million pixels, images are richer, more vibrant and take on a new level of detail and realism. And text, according to Apple, is so sharp and clear you’ll feel like you are reading docs, email and web content on a printed page.
The new model also offers the advanced security and convenience of Touch ID®, with the sensor located in the upper-right corner of the keyboard. Rather than typing your password to log in, you can just place your finger on the Touch ID sensor. The sensor also enables your fingerprint to immediately unlock documents, notes and system settings without the need to hunt for passwords. Plus, online shopping is even easier with Touch ID, as one touch of Apple Pay® at checkout means you’re done (and poorer). As always, with Touch ID, your private information used with Apple Pay stays private.
To support the Touch ID sensor, MacBook Air includes Apple’s T2 security chip, which prevents the tampering of the boot process, encrypts all data on the SSD and enables “Hey Siri®” when needed.
MacBook Air now sports two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side for charging and connecting peripherals, and a headphone jack on the right side — all the previous ports are gone. The keyboard is the same (some say unpopular) used in the most recent update to the MacBook Pro®. Apple also replaced the old Multi-Touch™ trackpad with a larger Force Touch trackpad that’s more responsive and provides additional capabilities. Plus, Apple claims all-day battery life for this new model.
MacBook Air out punches its weight class. Even at a scant 2.75 pounds, the eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor helps you power through daily activities like organizing your photos, browsing the web, creating presentations or viewing and editing videos. Up to 16GB of memory lets users work seamlessly even with multiple apps open, while up to 1.5TB of SSD storage helps launch apps in a flash.
The new MacBook Air comes in silver, gold and space gray, and pricing starts at $1199. It is available now. The baseline device comes with 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD, but can be jumped to (a recommended) 16 GB for an additional $200. Similarly, you can upgrade the storage to 256 GB for $200, 512 GB for $400, or 1.5 TB for $1,200. Onboard all new MacBook Air models is macOS® Mojave, the very latest OS.
If performance is most important to you, the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar™ is a bit heavier, costs $100 more but has a slightly more powerful processor than the MacBook Air. And if you’re willing to settle for older technology and a larger form factor, note that the former MacBook Air remains for sale starting at $999, making it the least expensive Mac notebook available. Finally, the 12-inch MacBook® also remains in the lineup at $1299, but here you are paying a premium for Apple’s smallest, lightest but least powerful notebook option.
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