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Apple Unveils Redesigned MacBook Air With Retina Display, End-To-End Screen
By Mikelle Leow, 30 Oct 2018
Apple held its ‘There’s more in the making’ event on Tuesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As hinted by the myriad logos that the company pushed in the week leading to the launch, this one is focused on cultivating creativity.
If you thought the lightweight MacBook Air from 2015 was sleek enough, 2018’s edition might make you reconsider.
Apple has just unleashed an all-new 13-inch MacBook Air—and at long last, it comes with Retina display like its pricier counterparts. The device is packed with 4 million pixels of resolution, as well as 48-percent more color than the previous MacBook Air.
Gone are its aluminum bezels, as well. The glass of the MacBook Air stretches all the way to the edge of its 13.3-inch display.
Additionally, Apple has given the laptop a butterfly mechanism keyboard with individual LEDs that illuminate every key, along with a spacious trackpad that’s 20-percent larger than 2015’s MacBook Air.
Thanks to its new T2 Security Chip, the MacBook Air is now equipped with Touch ID to let you instantly unlock your device, as well as securely make purchases, using your fingerprint.
If there’s one strength that sets the MacBook Air apart from the rest of the range, it’s its portability, and that’s what this device has brought to the table. Weighing at just 2.75 pounds, the 2018 MacBook Air is a quarter-pound lighter than its predecessor.
It also one-ups the 2017 MacBook with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which means you can charge your notebook and transfer data via USB or Thunderbolt at the same time.
Never underestimate these thin wedges—the new MacBook Air promises up to 12 hours of battery life through wireless web use, as well as up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playback.
The MacBook Air starts at US$1,199, making it the “most affordable Retina Mac” yet, and is available in gold, space gray and silver finishes. The notebook is ready for order now, and will roll out into stores on 7 November.
Watch Apple’s promo video below for an overview of the next-gen MacBook Air.
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