Apple Finally Launches the MacBook Air Upgrade You Have Been Waiting For

Todd Singleton
October 31, 2018

Lastly, as we are massive audiophiles here at T3, we were also impressed with the new MacBook Air's upgraded audio system. And, at last, it has a retina display and two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

On balance, this is the MacBook Air made for the MacBook Pro generation.

While my initial impressions of the MacBook Air are positive, a few questions about the device remain, particularly battery life given this is a feature the older air is famous for.

The MacBook Air 2015 and its forbearers are practically timeless products. Orders are open now, and Apple expects to begin shipping the new machines starting November 7.

Who is the target audience for the MacBook Air?

The screen is 13.3-inches of @2x Retina display.

And, yes, of course, Apple has deleted a significant amount of the bezels.

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The size of the MacBook Air has also been improved, and the latest model has 17% less volume than its predecessor. At 2.75 lbs, it is a quarter pound lighter than the previous version. The new MacBook Air 2018 is not just another CPU update, its a major redesign. MacBook Air 2018 model can now connect to a whole host of devices including external storage, docks for additional ports, 4K and 5K displays, and eGPUs for faster graphics. The laptop also still includes a headphone jack, unlike the new 2018 iPad Pro. There's also TouchID and Apple's T2 security chip for more secure encryption and "Hey Siri functionality".

That Touch ID sensor with T2 security chip, built into the new butterfly mechanism keyboard, seems very well executed, and for such a take-anywhere system, makes flawless sense.

The MacBook Air will face competition from a number of more affordable Chromebooks, including the Samsung Chromebook Pro (which starts at $599), the Google Pixelbook (priced around $999), the Acer Chromebook 15 (around $250), and the Asus Chromebook Flip (around $400).

One of the things missing from the MacBook Air was a Full HD display, let alone a 4K screen. Additionally, Apple claims its latest Retina Display renders 48% more color. 512 GB of storage runs another $200, and the 1.5-TB drive ultimately adds $1200 to the machine's price tag. At the time, laptops in its price range were already pushing 1080p resolutions. There's little doubt in my mind that this MacBook Air will be Apple's new best selling model, taking over from its outdated predecessor which never lost that crown. And, if you're the type to simply write papers and read emails on a laptop, the display is completely passable. The new MacBook Air is available in three colours - Gold, Space Gray and Silver. We'll have to wait and see how they hold up in the real world. We've been rapidly nearing (or arguably already past) the point where these old computers either needed to be updated or removed from the lineup entirely.

More power to the user with the new Mac mini: Minimum 4-6 cores, 32-64GB, up to 2TB SSD, 5 times faster performance.

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