Apple has a brand-new Macbook Air, this time with a Retina display. At the company’s press event earlier this morning Apple introduced a 13-inch Retina display version of the device, with Touch ID, a great battery, and finishes in gold, space gray, and silver. This will be the most affordable Retina display Mac ever, and it includes an Apple-designed keyboard, a Force Touch trackpad, faster SSDs, wide stereo sound, the Apple T2 Security Chip, and Thunderbolt 3 support.
“The first MacBook Air revolutionized Mac with its thin wedge-shaped aluminum design. It forever changed the entire industry for portable computers and became the world’s most loved notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Redesigning MacBook Air started with a stunning Retina display and all-day battery life, and then we added Touch ID and the Apple T2 Security Chip, the latest processors, incredible sound, the third-generation keyboard and Force Touch trackpad, high speed Thunderbolt 3 ports, and of course macOS Mojave in a beautiful, thinner, lighter, all-aluminum design that a whole new generation of MacBook Air customers are going to love.”
Three MacBook Air finishes in space gray, gold and silver.
The 13.3-inch Retina display offers over 4 million pixels of resolution and 48% more color than the previous generation. The new MacBook Air also includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera, which is perfect for Group FaceTime calls with friends and family, as well as a three microphone array for better sound quality when making calls and improved voice recognition for Siri. As we mentioned earlier, there is now Touch ID support, with a fingerprint sensor built right into the keyboard. You can use it to unlock your MacBook Air, authenticate your identity, and make fast, simple and secure purchases using Apple Pay. To support Touch ID, MacBook Air comes with the Apple T2 Security Chip, which makes your notebook far more secure. The T2’s Secure Enclave protects Touch ID information and also ensures that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with. The T2 also features an SSD controller with on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD. These allow MacBook Air to offer the most secure boot process and most secure storage of any notebook. T2 also features an always-on processor that enables “Hey Siri,” which lets you make requests to Siri with just your voice for things like finding files or opening an app.
The Force Touch trackpad, which delivers pressure-sensing capabilities and haptic feedback, is 20% larger than on the previous generation MacBook Air and offers a quieter and more capable trackpad experience. The speakers are 25% louder with two times more bass than the previous generation for more dynamic range and fuller sound.
Powering the device is an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, with Intel UHD Graphics and faster 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB. MacBook Air also features SSDs up to 1.5TB in capacity, that are up to 60% faster than the previous generation. The crowd was happy to hear that the MacBook Air now comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allow you to charge your notebook, quickly transfer data via USB and Thunderbolt, output video in three formats and connect to a whole host of devices including external storage, docks for additional ports, 4K and 5K displays, and eGPUs for faster graphics. The battery offers 12 hours of life during wireless web use and up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playback. The MacBook Air takes up 17% less volume, and is 10% thinner measuring just .61 inches at its thickest point, and is just 2.75 pounds.
Apple also today announced new MacBook Pro graphics options that will bring powerful Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro for the first time. These new graphics options deliver up to 60% faster graphics performance for the most demanding video editing, 3D design and rendering workloads.
Starting at $1,199, the new MacBook Air is available to order today on apple.com. It will be available in Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers starting Wednesday, November 7th. If that’s out of your price-range, don’t forget to check the sudden bargains on Amazon now that the older models are going on sale.