Apple Debuts Thinner, Lighter & Faster MacBook Air With Retina Display

All-new MacBook Air takes flight

Apple finally announces updated MacBook Air with Retina display to take on Surface Laptop 2

Unfortunately, the MacBook Air 2018 is quite a bit more expensive at a base $1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,849), thanks to all those display and port upgrades. 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.

There's a 13.3-inch display, now with a Retina panel, addressing probably the most frequent complaint about the Air. Instead of wanting folk to buy the increasingly neglected workhorse, they were instead ushered towards its more expensive successor - flimsy keyboards and all.

Apple's new iPad Pro and MacBook Air were revealed at the company's October 2018 keynote, which took place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York. The redesigned model continues with the tapered design of its predecessor, but chunks the old USB ports and DisplayPort connectors in favor of two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Specs-wise, the new MacBook Air features an 8th generation Intel dual-core i5 CPU, up to 16GB of 2,133Mhz RAM, and up to a 1.5TB SSD (which is 60-percent faster than before).

The previous MacBook Air model is still available at $999. The new Force Touch trackpad has 20% more surface area, with pressure sensing capabilities and haptic feedback. Macbook Air's ground-breaking, thin design changed the industry, said Tim Cook.

Of course, the MacBook Air 2018 is going to be the winning machine when it features a higher-resolution display, narrower screen bezels and newer processors.

Apple's new iPads will resemble its latest iPhones as the company ditches a home button and fingerprint sensor to make room for the screen.

The new MacBook Air is a fantastic update to Apple's aging Air line. And that price isn't an unreasonable proposition, either, since the 11-inch MacBook Air sold for that much before its axing.

In terms of dimensions and weight, the new MacBook Air has 17-percent less volume than the last MacBook Air, measuring in at 15.6mm thick, which is 10-percent thinner than the last system.

Battery-wise, the new MacBook Air can play iTunes movies for up to 13 hours, Apple said.

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

But a second model of the product climbs to £1,399 and features the same internals but packs 256GB of memory. It will be available from Nov 7 with prices starting at S$1,789.

Here's how much it will cost in Australia and when you can get your hands on it.

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