Apple Announces the New MacBook Air

All-new MacBook Air takes flight

All-new MacBook Air takes flight

It has been four long years since Apple last updated the MacBook Air or Mac Mini. It's late to the game, sure, but now that it is here and with the holiday season upon us, Apple is likely going to sell a lot of these in the coming months.

The new MacBook Air comes with a sharper Retina display than the more traditional and lower resolution display on the current MacBook Air.

The Air also now comes with Touch ID built right into the keyboard with Apple's T2 security chip with an especially secure boot process. The all-new MacBook Air base model features 8GB of RAM (up to 16GB), an Intel Core i5 processor (1.6GHz base clock, with Turbo up to 3.6GHz), and a 128GB SSD (up to 1.5TB). The company also says it now uses custom alloy from excess aluminium, ensuring the laptop is built with 100-percent recycled aluminium, instead of high-grade aluminium in previous generations - which helps reduce the carbon footprint be almost 50 percent. Two USB-C ports have been included. Its 10% thinner at 15.6 mm, and it weighs just 2.75 pounds (that's 1.24 kg).

While the machine itself looks similar to the classic MacBook Air, Apple says that the screen has been remade, with 48% more color than the last MacBook Air, and the ability to display 4 million pixels.

But whether the new MacBook Air goes on to achieve the same level of mainstream success as its predecessors remains to be seen. The Force Touch trackpad is also 20% larger than before, and the stereo speakers are 20% louder. The display has 50% narrower bezels compared to the outgoing MacBook Air too.

The MacBook Air features a brand new keyboard with improved responsiveness.

The new MacBook Air arrives a decade since former Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs wowed the Macworld audience with the first MacBook Air by whipping it out of a slender manila office envelope.

That said, it's still impressive how Apple managed to make the MacBook Air 2015 so thin and light while still relying on fan-cooled, full-fat Intel processors. Colourwise we're talking about Silver, Space Grey, and Gold. The new MacBook Air starts at $1199 and will be available November 7.

That Touch ID sensor with T2 security chip, built into the new butterfly mechanism keyboard, seems very well executed, and for such a take-anywhere system, makes ideal sense.

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