Apple launches new MacBook Air

Gerardo Harmon
October 31, 2018

The new MacBook Air is priced at $1,199 for its standard edition, available in gold, silver, and space gray. We'll update you as it as progresses.

However, just like with other Mac models, the MacBook Air can be configured further on Apple's website. The screen's glass covering also stretches from edge-to-edge, meaning there's no bezel to worry about either.

The overall shape, size, and weight of the new MacBook Air got a refresh too. The border is 50% more narrow. The MacBook Air also features Touch ID.

The new MacBook Air comes with Touch ID so users can instantly access the thin and lightweight laptop. The T2 also controls the machine's SSD storage, enabling fast data encryption for everything stored on the drive, and a secure boot process. "Unlike any notebook that's come before or since, MacBook Air has become the most beloved notebook ever".

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It comes with a redesigned third-generation keyboard with quadrupled stability and a butterfly mechanism. This doesn't make you a Jedi, but uses haptic feedback to provide tactile interactions with what you're clicking on.

Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports are included on the new MacBook Air. 100 million Macs are now out there in the wild now, which is a major milestone for the company.

The MacBook Air 2015 and its forbearers are practically timeless products. For now, there's Touch ID, much like on the MacBook Pro. but no Touch Bar. which should please some people if not everyone.

The target audience may be a business person or executive who primarily need to access information, as opposed to create content, Ray Wang, principal analyst and founder of Constellation Research, told TechRepublic. It's not as bad as thin as the rebranded CoreM in the 12-inch MacBook, but it's not the full-on I-series in the MacBook Pro either. There were plenty of rumors and reports building up to this moment, as we knew to expect the new iPads and the new MacBooks.

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KitGuru Says: Its nice to see that Apple hasn't forgotten about, or made a decision to axe the Mac Mini and MacBook Air.

Powering the MacBook Air is Intel's eighth-generation dual-core chip that can be accompanied by up to 16 GB of RAM.

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. As mentioned above, the new MacBook Air also features a larger screen, more pixels, and improved stereo speakers and keyboard. At 2.75 lbs, it is a quarter pound lighter than the previous version.

The first thing you'll notice is that the Air has gotten even smaller again, but still has a 13.3-inch display. In Canada, the MacBook Air starts at $1,499. While we are handing a lot of devices down as parents, there may be an extra desktop computer or older gen tablet that you're ready to trade in. It will be available from Nov 7 with prices starting at S$1,789.

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