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Apple upgrades MacBook Air with Retina Display, Touch ID, and more

30 October 2018 2

Apple has announced the 2018 upgrade for the MacBook Air notebook which is something under speculation for some time. With this new upgrade, Apple has packed with tons of changes while also making it thinner and lighter than before. Two of the biggest additions included in the new model are Retina Display and Touch ID.

The all-new MacBook Air sports a 13.3-inch Retina display with borders claimed to be 50% narrower than the predecessor. It gives a design similar to the current trend of the bezel-less display. It features about 4 million pixels and 48% more color which is undoubtedly a huge upgrade.

Under the hood, it has the 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor with Apple's T2 security chipset. There is support for up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1.5TB of SSD storage. In terms of connectivity, it has two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack with ports for connecting a 5K monitor and even eGPUs. There is also support for Touch ID but there is not Touch Bar yet. You will be able to use it for fingerprint authentication for unlocking and Apple Pay transactions.

It further has the 3rd generation keyboard with Butterfly mechanism and backlit keys. Apple is claiming it to be four times stable than previous offerings. The keyboard is accompanied with the Force Touch trackpad which is now 20% bigger than before. Other features include Stereo Speakers which are 25% louder and offer twice the bass. In terms of battery, it is claimed to last for up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playback on a single charge.

The MacBook Air 2018 is claimed to be 10% thinner, 17% smaller, and weigh only 2.75 pounds. The base model comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD for $1,199. It will go on pre-orders starting today with sales starting November 7th.

MacBook Air 2018 Specifications
  • 13.3-inch Retina display
  • 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor with Apple's T2 security chip
  • Up to 16GB of RAM
  • Up to 1.5TB SSD storage
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • FaceTim HD camera
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Touch ID for unlocking and Apple Pay support
  • Stereo speakers with three microphones
  • macOS Mojave

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