The new MacBook Air comes with a number of changes both on the inside and the outside and we’ll be talking about all of them here.
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Apple’s New MacBook Air is as Stunning as it is lightweight
The MacBook Air has easily been one of Apple's most influential products, but after eight long years of success, the product felt outdated. So, this year Apple reinvented the MacBook Air in a number of ways.
You’ll find Touch ID, a slimmer design, a beautiful Retina display, USB-C connectivity, and a lower profile keyboard that immediately feels better than the previous MacBook Air. The keys are backlit and feel more responsive thanks to Apple's butterfly key mechanism.
There’s no Touch Bar on the MacBook Air 2018, so instead you are given the standard row of function keys and then on the far right you have a separate key for the fingerprint sensor Touch ID. The fingerprint sensor isn't just a method to unlock your display, either. You can use it to securely lock documents and pay online through Apple Pay.
The T2 security chip also makes a welcome appearance. The T2 is the second generation security chip designed to ensure your details stay secure. The T2 chip includes encryption for whenever you use Touch ID to make a payment or access locked files. The T2 chip also helps to power Apple's famous Siri assistant.
A move to Thunderbolt 3 powered USB-C is a bold move for Apple, and whilst it may have had contention, it was inevitable. If you have been using Apple products for a long time, the transition to USB-C may seem frustrating, but it is for the better. USB-C will soon become the universal standard.
Apple bridging the gap to USB-C will finally remove the age old struggle that comes with being stuck to using the exclusive, proprietary Lightning cable.
Apple were also very proud to announce that the new MacBook Air 2018 is made from 100% recycled aluminium, which is great news for the environment. Despite the change, the new MacBook Air’s build quality feels as sturdy as you’d expect.
The trackpad on the new Air is a generous 20% larger than before, and it also includes Force Touch for extra functionality.
If you are a fan of watching films or listening to music on the go, you'll like this next part. The Apple MacBook Air has had its speakers tuned to deliver twice as much bass and to be 25% louder. For video calling, a new triple-microphone setup has been added to pick up your voice clearly, and there's of course an HD camera included for those all-important FaceTime calls.
Next, let's talk about the display. Now, this is something to get excited about. The MacBook Air's display size is 13.3 inches. In that space, a 2560 x 1600 resolution has been used and the colors are more vivid than ever. Apple boasts that the MacBook Air 2018 has 48% more colours and a wider viewing angle than the previous generation.
Finally, the MacBook Air has up to 12 hours of battery life, making all-day usage without a charger a reality.
MacBook Air 2018 Pricing Comparison
The MacBook Air starts at £1,199, making it Apple's most affordable laptop currently. The MacBook Air 2018 comes equipped with an 8th-generation dual core intel i5 processor, clocked at 1.6GHz, or up to 3.6GHz with Turbo Boost.
By default, you get 8GB of 2133MHz DDR3 memory, with an optional upgrade to 16GB. For graphics, the MacBook Air is equipped with Intel UHD 617 graphics. The starting model gives you 128GB of SSD storage, but you can upgrade it up to 1.5TB.
Below, you can see the pricing table, as well as the amount you can save with TechScheme.
|128GB SSD storage
|256GB SSD storage
|512GB SSD storage
|1.5TB SSD storage
|16GB memory Upgrade
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