Yesterday, Apple officially introduced the next generation of MacBook Air with a lot of changes. Instead of discontinuing the new MacBook Air, Apple decided to give it a great update. It’s the first MacBook Air sporting a Retina display and the same iconic design. Here’s everything you should know about the new 2018 MacBook Air.
Best New Features On 2018 MacBook Air
We’ll get started with the feature that MacBook Air users have been waiting for years. The new MacBook Air now features a 13.3-inch display with four-time pixels denser. The resolution strikes in at 2560×1600 with 4 million pixels. While it’s still not a True Tone display, it comes with vivid colors, up to 48% more color than the previous generations.
The display still stops at 16:10 aspect ratio, but the iconic aluminum bezel is now gone away. Instead, you will get a black bezel, with a half size reduced. The new MacBook Air 2018 is made of from 100% recycled aluminum material.
Although the 2018 MacBook Air still remains the iconic wedge shape, everything else about the design is now redesigned. It now is just 15.6 mm thick, and only weighs 2.75 pounds. That is a quarter of a pound lighter than the 2017 MacBook Air. The footprint on 2018 MacBook Air is now even 17% smaller than the previous generation, thanks to its thinner bezels.
The 2018 MacBook Air is the first MacBook to be integrated a Touch ID sensor without TouchBar. Apple successfully managed to squeeze it in in a function row. The Touch ID system will be powered by the T2 chip, running Secure Enclave and the Secure Boot. The new 2018 MacBook Air also allows you to access to Hey Siri, thanks to T2 chip.
While the 2018 MacBook Air is only equipped a 1.5 GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, that’s enough for all your daily tasks. The processor is the Intel 8th generation chip, coupled with UHD 617 graphics. The device also allows adding external graphics processors with the help of a Thunderbolt port.
Although it does not seems like much, the new Intel processor could easily handle all usual tasks you throw at it like browsing the web, working in Microsoft Word, watching Netflix and many more. The default RAM amount is 8 GB, but you can choose to upgrade it up to 16 GB. The standard model just comes with a 128 GB SSD hard drive, but you can configure it up to 1.5 TB.
There is no change with the battery life on the new 2018 MacBook Air when it’s still rated for 12 hours of surfing internet. However, according to Apple, it can last for up to 13 hours of watching videos.
3rd Generation Butterfly Keyboard
The great keyboard on the latest MacBook Pros and the MacBook has already brought into the 2018 MacBook Air. The original MacBook Air was ever the laptop that had the best keyboard, and this new keyboard might have a lot to live up to. In fact, this Butterfly mechanism isn’t the most reliable, but Apple has recently taken steps to make it harder for debris and dust to penetrate into keys.
However, you should still visit the Apple store and type on it before purchasing the new 2018 MacBook Air yourself.
Thunderbolt USB-C Ports
The MacBook Air was the last MacBook generation that still came with USB-A ports. However, everything has changed in 2018. The new MacBook Air now features two Thunderbolt USB-C port, which is very great. But if you want to connect to accessories, dongles are required for that.
20% Larger Trackpad
The old trackpad on previous MacBook Airs makes way for the Force Touch trackpad, which now uses haptic feedback instead of a physical mechanism. The surface is now 20% larger over the older model as well.
If you usually spend time watching movies on your MacBook Air, you will absolutely love the new speaker on 2018 MacBook Air. It’s even now 25% louder and has twice the bass channel.
Three Color Options
Because of a first for MacBook Air range, there will be three color options available, including Space Grey, Silver and Gold for the 2018 MacBook Air. The Gold is estimated to be the most beautiful with the Air’s wedge-shaped design.
Will You Purchase One?
The new 2018 MacBook Air will be priced at $1199 for the 128 GB SSD variant, which is $200 more than the previous MacBook Air price (but it’s still $100 cheaper than the 12-inch MacBook). However, you will get a lot for the extra money. Apple allows pre-ordering it from now and the shipment will start on November 7.