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Hey Look, There's a New MacBook Air on the Way

Hey Look, There's a New MacBook Air on the Way”

Apple at an early morning press event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in NY unveiled a smattering of new hardware including a long overdue update to the MacBook Air. "And that is the MacBook Air", said Cook. That "Retina" display should be a massive leap from the 1440x900 display of the past MacBook Air, which was simply outdated for a $1,000 laptop in 2018.

Apple MacBook Air 2 has 17 per cent less volume than the predecessor, and at 15.6mm is 10 per cent thinner than the previous generation device.

The new lower-cost Apple notebook adopts numerous technologies Apple introduced with the MacBook Pro in 2016, including a large Force Touch trackpad, new keyboard and two Thunderbolt 3 ports in the side for power and connectivity.

What's more, the computer is a bit of win for Apple's green credentials - the company says each one is made from 100% recycled aluminium. Macbook Air can be ordered starting today and will be available next week at $1199. Pre-orders today, ships November 7. "When Steve pulled that MacBook Air out of that envelope, it was clear that things would never be the same".

In terms of its tech specs, the new MacBook Air boasts an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel UHD Graphics and 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB (8GB standard), with faster SSDs up to 1.5TB in capacity. "Unlike any notebook that's come before or since, MacBook Air has become the most beloved notebook ever".

Apple also upgraded the MacBook Air with the new third-generation butterfly mechanism keyboard, for a smoother typin experience. The new MacBook Air comes with a 13.3in Retina display sporting four million pixels - no word on actual resolution - and some 40 per cent more colour than the old Air. It uses Apple's T2 chip to secure TouchID information and to protect data during the boot process, as well as data encryption for the SSD, plus the Hey Siri feature. The Force Touch trackpad comes with 20 percent more surface area.

Configurations begin with a 1.6Ghz Core i5 and 128GB SSD for $1,199. (The new Air runs from 0.16 inches to 0.61 inches, whereas the Pro is consistent 0.59 inches, fact fans.) And there's only 0.27 pounds difference in weight between the two as well.



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