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After being neglected for years, Apple introduces its new MacBook Air


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After waiting for literally a number of years, Apple has finally announced an all-new 13.3-inch MacBook Air. Featuring a Retina display for the first time, the new laptop arrives in space gray, silver, and gold starting at $1,199.

The 2018 MacBook Air features many of the features currently found on the 2018 MacBook Pro, including Touch ID, a third-generation “butterfly” keyboard (ugh), and a Force Touch trackpad. Thankfully, there’s no Touch Bar included in this model.

MacBook Air Specs

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The new MacBook Air also includes a T2 security chip, built-in FaceTime HD camera, and much more.

For the first time, the MacBook Air is made with 100 percent recycled aluminum and it weighs just 2.75 pounds with 17 percent less volume than the previous version.

Inside, you’ll find an 8th-generation dual-core i5 CPU with 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB and SSD up to 1.5TB that are up to 60 percent faster than the previous generation. You’ll also find two Thunderbolt 3 ports, three microphones, and stereo speakers that are 25 percent louder with two times more bass than the previous generation.

To get a full rundown of specs, Apple has them all conveniently listed here.

How it all came about

According to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing:

Redesigning MacBook Air started with a stunning Retina display and all-day battery life, and then we added Touch ID and the Apple T2 Security Chip, the latest processors, incredible sound, the third-generation keyboard and Force Touch trackpad, high speed Thunderbolt 3 ports, and of course macOS Mojave in a beautiful, thinner, lighter, all-aluminum design that a whole new generation of MacBook Air customers are going to love.

Starting at $1,199, the new MacBook Air is available to order today on the Apple website. It will be available in Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers starting next Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The 2018 MacBook Air looks like a winner and comes at a great price. With a Retina display (finally) and Touch ID, the laptop will almost certainly be popular with students and business users alike. I can’t wait to see one up close.

Are you stoked for the new MacBook Air? Do you plan on buying one? Let us know down below. 

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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