Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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Apple's new MacBook Air starts at $1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,849), which is $200 more than the old MacBook Air.

The MacBook Air's Retina screen has a 2560x1600 resolution and uses IPS technology, although Apple only says the display is good for "millions of colors" worth of shades rather than stating conformance to any particular gamut.

Other new features include reduced bezels, Touch ID and of course, USB-C. The MacBook Air's trackpad and keyboard have also been updated to the same pair featured on the current MacBook Pros, with improved key lighting and Force Touch.

The highlight of the new MacBook Air is the 8th generation dual-core Intel i5 that is clocked at 1.6GHz. Unfortunately, in the Canadian market, the lowest end Air comes to $1,499 CAD, a price tag that sits a little under the lowest-end 13-inch $1,729 MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar, as well as the 12-inch $1,729 MacBook. In terms of ports, the new MacBook Air comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allows connections of devices like 5K displays and eGPUs.

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The new MacBook Air is 10 percent thinner than the previous model and is a quarter-pound lighter. The new MacBook Air brings several new features on the iconic low-powered notebook. The new MacBook Air launches on November 7. It includes faster processors, making it five times faster than the previous model. That "Retina" display should be a massive leap from the 1440x900 display of the past MacBook Air, which was simply outdated for a $1,000 laptop in 2018. The company says the device will get 12 hours of battery life through Web browsing.

At a press event today, Apple finally announced the successor to the hugely successful MacBook Air.

And that display is pushed pretty much to the edges of the Air's lid, yet still leaves space for a FaceTime camera.

Apple has also upgraded the Air to include a 3rd-generation keyboard, with a Butterfly mechanism and four times the stability of the last MacBook Air's keyboard. The new MacBook Air has better display with bigger screen-to-body ratio and better colours in the Retina Display. The MacBook Air 2018 is an interesting device in that it sticks to relatively the same design while completely overhauling the display, processor and inputs. Oh and there's a 3.5mm headphone jack. We'll keep you updated on the latest. The new Macbook Air comes with audio controller, always on process to enable "Hey Siri", and latest generation keyboard. "Unlike any notebook that's come before or since, MacBook Air has become the most beloved notebook ever".

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