Apple unveils new MacBook Air with Retina Display and Touch ID

All-new MacBook Air takes flight

All-new MacBook Air takes flight

It packs in a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, up to 1.5 TB SSD, and up to 16 GB RAM.

Regarding the Air's keyboard, Apple says that the new laptop features its third generation butterfly mechanism.

The old USB ports are gone and replaced with Two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. The same 13.3-inch display now has a resolution at 2560×1600, four times more than its predecessor, and the screen supports 48 percent more color.

Apple finally updated its entry-level desktop computer Mac mini - the first since 2014, unveiling the new device at an event in New York City on Tuesday (Oct 30). This is the first significant redesign in years for Apple's most popular line of Macs, and features huge improvements across the board.

It costs $799 in the US.

We're so excited watching Apple's big announcement today about the brand new MacBook Air. The laptop also still includes a headphone jack, unlike the new 2018 iPad Pro. It is made from 100% recycled tin and 35% recycled plastic, in addition to a custom Apple-designed alloy that employs 100% recycled aluminum. Welcome to the dongle life, MacBook Air owners, because if you want legacy ports you'll need adapters. Another highlight feature is Touch ID, which is enabled by the T2 chip. The T2 processor has an audio controller for wide-stereo sound, and an always on processor that allows for "Hey Siri" support.

Here's everything you need to know about Apple's brand-new MacBook Air devices. The new MacBook Air is portable, pretty, and newly powerful, all things you have to pay for.

In terms of design, the company says the all-new MacBook occupies 17 percent less volume than the previous generation MacBook Air.

Thunderbolt 3 is the same shape as USB-C and includes the complete USB-C spec, so it can connect to all manner of devices - including the charger.

The new machine marks the debut of a Retina display on the MacBook Air, which Cook said has been the most requested feature by far. Other new features include Touch ID and Apple's proprietary T2 security chip, which manages the fingerprints stored on the laptop.

Given the issues I've had with the MacBook Pro's display scratching, I expect the shift to glossy bezels that aren't raised will result in the Air suffering from the same problem. A $1,399 (roughly Rs. 1,02,900) model was also detailed, which has much the same specifications, except 256GB SSD storage. Weighing in at 2.75 pounds, it's also a quarter pound lighter.

The all-new MacBook Air will be available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray colour variants. Apple's 12 hours of wireless web browsing (or 13 hours of iTunes movie playback) is on a par with before, too, though it still insists on only including a 30W power adapter. The MacBook Pro keyboard has come in for plenty of criticism over the last 2 years, so it will be interesting to see how people react to it here.

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