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Apple revitalizes MacBook Air with Retina screen and fresh internals

31 October, 2018, 04:28 | Author: Lydia Fleming
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In general, the newly announced MacBook Air can be obtained with up to 16GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM alongside 1.5TB solid state drive.

Portability, certainly, hasn't been compromised upon.

Additionally, the new MacBook Air has TouchID. "The display is 13.3" in the diagonal, and features razor thin bezels. But the spirit of the entry level Apple notebook never dies.

There's no Touch Bar on the new MacBook Air, but there is Touch ID functionality for signing into the laptop more quickly. Its 2560 x 1600 resolution looks just as crisp, color-rich, and generally pleasant as you'd expect. Apple describes the new MacBook Air as having 17 percent less volume than its predecessor and it weighs 2.75lbs - the laptop is just 15.6mm thick, or 10 percent thinner than before.

What might be giving you pause still is the keyboard. The Force Touch trackpad is also 20% larger than before, and the stereo speakers are 20% louder. The butterfly mechanism, however, isn't so broadly acclaimed.


Apple has designed a custom aluminum alloy which is being used for the first time in the new MacBook Air.

Apple Inc. overhauled two of its oldest Macs after sales of the company's personal computers fell to the lowest point since 2010 last quarter. It also feels like the keys have slightly more bounce to them when compared to the 2017 MacBook Pro and possibly even the 2018 MacBook Pro.

For me, it'd be worth it for the convenience of Touch ID, which now sits in the upper right corner. It's one of those things that, once you've lived with it, you really don't want to give up.

As far as the audio performance is concerned, it is 25% better on all all fronts. Apple says that the battery will last 13 hours while playing movies on iTunes, or 12 hours while browsing the web. It basically means the pad doesn't move, but you can also do "press and hold" clicks to open up new options.

MacBook Air now comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allow you to charge your notebook, quickly transfer data via USB and Thunderbolt, output video in three formats and connect to a whole host of devices including external storage, docks for additional ports, 4K and 5K displays, and eGPUs for faster graphics. Be prepared for the dongle life! Not to mention that its size and speed, built-in SD card reader and reliability made it popular with journalists. Those who were blindly hoping Apple would include a mix of USB-A and USB-C in the new Air, will be disappointed to learn that isn't the case.

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