Hands-On: 2018 MacBook Air with Retina Display

31 October, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Larry Hoffman
  • New Mac Book Air T2 Chip

"It not only influenced the rest of the Mac line for years to come, but it changed the laptop industry", he said at Apple's launch event in NY.

The new MacBook Air has a high-resolution Retina display, is a little lighter and has other performance enhancements.

Apple has ditched the previous USB slots and the SD card slot and replaced it with two Thunderbolt 3 ports instead.

Apple's other modern laptop reinventions have also made there way here including the company's latest-generation butterfly switch keyboard and Force Touch trackpad. A redesigned speaker system delivers 25% more volume, double the base, and wide stereo output. It has three microphone array for better audio calls. It also features 48% more color than the previous generation. The original version was released way back in 2008, and a major update arrived in 2010.

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If you were a fan of the old MacBook Air's keyboard, we've got some good news and bad news for you. Not only are the bezels now black (like on iMacs and MacBook Pros), but they are also 50 percent smaller. Weighing in at 2.75 pounds, it's also a a quarter pound lighter than the previous edition.

In terms of build quality, the Air hits the typical standard most expect from Apple despite the fact that the computer is now manufactured from 100 percent recycled aluminum. The most affordable Retina-display Mac ever also includes an Apple-designed keyboard, a spacious Force Touch trackpad, faster SSDs, wide stereo sound, the Apple T2 Security Chip and Thunderbolt 3, making the new MacBook Air the flawless notebook to take with you everywhere you go.

The MacBook Air is available in silver, space gray, and gold.

Typing isn't the spongy experience it has been on the MacBook Air previously and only you'll know whether you like that or not.

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Like the iPad and newest MacBook Pros - as well as former iPhones - the MacBook Air now has Touch ID to provide a secure unlock to the laptop. The sensor is embedded in the keyboard and comes paired with Apple's T2 security chip.

-Security Features like TouchID backed by a new security chip and automatic ongoing data encryption of your data, give added security for your valuable info.

The old Air had a couple of old USB-A ports, a slot for removable storage, and a MagSafe 2 connector for power. Finally, the T2 enables the new Air to have an always-on process listening for "Hey Siri" commands. The starting model includes 8GB of RAM, but for the first time in a MacBook Air this can be upgraded to 16GB. MacBook Air also features SSDs up to 1.5TB in capacity, that is up to 60 per cent faster than the previous generation and make launching apps and opening files feel snappier and more responsive. The new machine sports a 12 hour battery life for web browsing, and 13 hours for watching video.

The MacBook Air is a bit of an antique.

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