After years of borderline forget, the MacBook Air in the end won the long-overdue replace it deserved at Apple’s Brooklyn match on October 30, dragging the ultra-thin pc into the trendy technology with a design overhaul and a Retina show.
The former MacBook Air felt out-of-place in Apple’s present lineup. It was once the one Mac with out a Retina show. It nonetheless used the previous keyboard as a substitute of the brand new low-profile “butterfly” keyboard. It nonetheless had a MagSafe connector for charging and USB-A ports. It nonetheless used an historic fifth-generation Intel Core processor. All of this stuff have since disappeared from Apple’s laptops, however the MacBook Air hung on, looking ahead to a large redesign.
It’s right here. On October 30, Apple in the end introduced an all-new MacBook Air ($1,199 on Apple.com). It is a totally new pc; as Apple mentioned, “Each a part of the product has been redesigned and re-engineered.” Listed below are a very powerful new options and adjustments to Apple’s entry-level thin-and-light pc.
Retina show improve
Apple has quadrupled the answer of the MacBook Air’s show, making it 2560 x 1600 pixels, or 227 pixels in step with inch. The display’s nonetheless 13.Three-inches, however the silver borders at the moment are black, and 50 % narrower. It’s were given 48 % extra colour, too. In different phrases, the MacBook Air now has a Retina show holding consistent with the remainder of the trendy Mac lineup. In any case!
Contact ID and the T2 co-processor, however no Contact Bar
Within the upper-right portion of the keyboard you’ll now discover a Contact ID sensor. You’ll be able to use it to log in, authorize purchases on-line, or to authorize third-party apps like password managers.
In an effort to regulate the Contact ID sensor and grasp your biometric knowledge, the MacBook Air has a T2 co-processor, similar to the iMac Professional and new MacBook Professional. It supplies protected boot, encrypts your garage, controls audio, processes FaceTime digital camera knowledge, and has a protected enclave to carry your Contact ID knowledge. It additionally permits, “Hiya Siri.”
There’s no Contact Bar, alternatively, whilst an possibility. We will be able to’t say we’ll pass over it.
Apple’s new butterfly keyboard
In case you love the previous MacBook Air’s keyboard, I’m sorry to mention that the brand new Air has the similar third-generation keyboard as the brand new MacBook Professional. That implies an ultra-low profile and “butterfly” mechanism, and LED backlights in the back of each key. Apple didn’t point out if it has a silicone membrane to stop mud ingress, which was once presented to the 2018 MacBook Professional after key disasters in earlier fashions, however we consider it should.
The MacBook Air works in Apple’s latest Force Touch trackpad, too. That means no click travel, but excellent haptics. The trackpad is 20 percent larger than that on the previous MacBook Air.
Apple says the MacBook Air’s new speakers are 25 percent louder, with double the bass and wide band stereo output. There are new and improved mics, too.
Dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core processors
Apple hasn’t told us exactly which model Intel CPU the new MacBook Air uses, but it did announce that they’re dual-core Intel 8th-generation processors. There’s only one CPU option: a dual-core Core i5 that runs at 1.6GHz with turbo of 3.6GHz. Those are odd specs; it doesn’t quite match up with any listed Intel part. It’s as if Apple is making a custom “8250Y” for Apple, with higher base speed and lower boost speed. The GPU, which Apple says is a UHD Graphics 617, doesn’t appear on any current Intel part, either. But it’s not hard to image it’s a clock-boosted 615.
You can get up to 16GB of RAM, and SSDs up to 1.5 terabytes. Apple says the SSD is 60 percent faster than before.
MagSafe and USB-A are gone
The only I/O on the new MacBook Air are the two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left edge. Those let you charge the laptop with either port or connect USB-C devices, including external drives or even eGPUs. There’s no more USB-A and no more MagSafe.
Smaller and lighter
While the display remains the same size, the slimmer bezels mean the updated laptop packs a smaller footprint than the old MacBook Air. Apple says it’s got 17 percent less volume, including a depth of only 15.6mm (10 percent less than the old Air). It’s just 2.75 pounds, which is a quarter-pound less than before.
No Bluetooth 5.0
Apple’s specs sheet lists 802.11ac networking, just as in the prior MacBook Air, but only Bluetooth 4.2. That’s an upgrade from the Bluetooth 4.0 in the previous MacBook Air, but it’s unfortunate to see there’s no Bluetooth 5.0 support.
The base MacBook Air, which costs $1,199 features the following specs:
- Dual-core Core i5 (1.6Ghz, 3.6Ghz boost)
- 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
- 128GB SSD storage
- Intel UHD Graphics 617
- Touch ID
- Force Touch trackpad
- Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
The following upgrades are available:
- 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory (+$200)
- 256GB SSD storage (+$200)
- 515GB SSD storage (+$400)
- 1.5TB SSD storage (+$1200)
That’s it. There’s no 1TB storage option, and no way to opt for a more powerful processor.
Longer battery life
Apple’s specs page lists up to 12 hours of wireless web browsing, 13 hours of iTunes movie playback, and 30 days of standby time from the 50.3-watt-hour battery.
That’s significantly better battery life than its other MacBooks. The 12-inch MacBook specs list 10 hours of wireless web as 12 hours of movie playback, the and both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro lists up to 10 hours for both.
We haven’t tested these claims, but Apple is better about not grossly over-exaggerating battery life claims than most companies.
Comes in three colors
Take your pick: Silver, Space Gray, or Gold. The space gray color appears to be similar to other MacBooks, instead of the darker space gray of the iMac Pro.
Made from 100% recycled aluminum
Apple has found a process by which it can re-use the shavings of re-captured aluminum generated in its milling process to create Mac unibody cases. It says the process is, “re-engineered down to the atomic level,” a absolutely preposterous marketing claim.
Still, the first Mac to be made with 100 percent recycled aluminum is a big deal. Apple says the new process not only prevents mining new aluminum, but produces 47 percent fewer carbon emissions, too.
Price and release date
All this stuff doesn’t come free. While Apple made a note that this is the most affordable Retina-enabled MacBook ever, the starting price is now $1,199 on Apple.com. That’s about $200 more than the old MacBook Air. So much for being more affordable!
Preorders start on October 30, and the new MacBook Air will hit stores on November 7.