Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Apple Announces New MacBook Air With 13.3-Inch Retina Display

Apple Announces New MacBook Air With 13.3-Inch Retina Display

In addition to the Retina Display, the New MacBook Air also gets Touch ID. The old Air had a wide aluminum bezel around its screen; the new one dispenses with that and extends the display outward toward the edge of the body.

The keyboard uses Apple's new butterfly mechanism-something that will please some users and annoy others.

The old Air's display was a 13.3-inch relic with 1,440-by-900 screen resolution. It also makes Apple Pay more secure, and we like that. The company's current CEO went on about the original MacBook Air's features, including the battery life, the design, and how it "redefined the modern notebook" in the process. If, however, the previous MacBook Air's appeal was grounded in that balance of portability, functionality, and most importantly price, then what will be the reaction to the new tag? It is 10% thinner than previous Mac and weighs 2.75 pounds (approximately 1.25 kg).

Apple says the new MacBook Air has been redesigned from the ground up, and "carefully refined". The Air's aluminum casing is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum, Apple said.

Apple also introduced a new Mac mini, its traditionally low-priced desktop computer that comes without a screen, keyboard, or mouse. Other than that, they also have three color options including Space Gray, Gold, and Silver.

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.

That means there's no separate display for Touch ID right beside the fingerprint scanner slash power button, but it otherwise it works just as you'd expect.

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Security is taken care of by Apple's T2 chip, and Apple has boosted the speakers to be 25 percent louder and more bassy. The T2 also features an SSD controller with on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD. The new iPad Pro 2018 includes 7-core GPU and 8-core CPU and up to 1TGB storage capacity.

The new Macbook Air has the latest generation keyboard. It packs in a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, up to 1.5 TB SSD, and up to 16 GB RAM. It includes faster processors, making it five times faster than the previous model. The company says the 50.3-Wh battery is good for 12 hours of web browsing, too.

The new Macbook series runs on macOS Mojave. We'll update you as it as progresses.

After today's event, the future of the standard MacBook looks shakier than that of the Air.

According to Apple's guide, the T2 chip includes a hardware disconnect for the microphone that physically prevents the microphone from turning on whenever the lid of your MacBook Air is closed. This machine has extremely few compromises for a non-pro laptop, and a starting price that is $100 cheaper than the MacBook.

The new Mac mini is geared toward professional users and costs US$799, up from US$499 of the previous model.

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