Apple is today launching a major new upgrade to the MacBook Air, after almost giving no attention to the product for years. 2015 was the last time Apple upgraded the MacBook Air, and although the company has been introducing major improvements on other MacBook devices, the MacBook Air has long been neglected. Until today, of course.
First and foremost, Apple’s new MacBook Air comes with the performance upgrade everyone’s been waiting for. So far, the 2015 MacBook Air came with outdated Intel processors. The new MacBook Air comes with Intel’s latest and greatest 8th gen Intel Core dual-core processors, meaning there will be huge bumps in performance from the previous generation. The company has even upgraded a lot of the internals and the architectural design of the device, so the performance and battery life is expected to improve in all fronts. You can now get up to 16GB RAM on the device, and up to 1.5TB SSD which is up to 60% faster.
Design side, the new MacBook Air looks much better than the previous MacBook Air. It now comes with a Retina Display on a 13.3-inch panel for the first time ever, as well as 50% thinner bezels around the device which allows for a much more refined design of the device. The redesigned device has 17% less volume than before and it’s 10% thinner, coming in at 15.6mm.
And yes, these include Apple’s new third-generation butterfly keyboard design that everyone hates on the new MacBook Pro devices, and that will likely continue on this year’s MacBook Air. But the amazing force touch trackpad is now on the MacBook Air. The device comes with upgraded speakers for better sound, too.
The new MacBook Air also comes with Touch ID, secured by Apple’s T2 security chip, letting you unlock your device and authenticate on apps using your fingerprint. It comes with a headphone jack, but there are only two other USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports. These ports will let you connect to up to a 5K display, as well as an eGPU. And no, there’s no touch bar.
Another big advancement: the new MacBook is made with 100% recycled aluminium. It’s the “greenest Mac” ever.
Starts at $1199 for the Intel Core i5 model with 128GB of storage and 8GB RAM. It’s available in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. Pre-orders today, ships November 7.