Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Apple just announced a brand new MacBook Air

Apple just announced a brand new MacBook Air

The MacBook Air will come in two configurations, both with a 1.6GHz dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz.

The Cupertino, California-based company showed off the long-awaited update to the iconic MacBook Air's design during its fall hardware keynote at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. The MacBook Air also features Touch ID.

The 13-inch machine will cost $1,199 in the US. The most affordable Retina-display Mac ever also includes an Apple-designed keyboard, a spacious Force Touch trackpad, faster SSDs, wide stereo sound, the Apple T2 Security Chip and Thunderbolt 3, making the new MacBook Air the ideal notebook to take with you everywhere you go. 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.

Apple also today announced new MacBook Pro graphics options that will bring powerful Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro for the first time.

Before launching the MacBook Air Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Mac now has over 100 million active users. And that is the MacBook Air. The sensor is embedded in the keyboard and comes paired with Apple's T2 security chip. Finally, the T2 enables the new Air to have an always-on process listening for "Hey Siri" commands. And while the bestselling MacBook Air saw some minor nips and tucks since then - adding a second USB port, updating the processor and RAM - the 2008 industrial design stayed largely stayed the same. This is a major upgrade, cutting down on time spent fiddling around on the old third-gen keyboard that the laptop is carrying over from previous MacBook Airs. And as far as battery life is concerned, the new MacBook Air offers up to 12 hours of wireless web browsing. It is priced at $1,199 (roughly Rs. 88,200), and goes up for pre-orders in the United States today, with availability from November 7.

As widely speculated, Apple has announced update to its cheapest MacBook series, MacBook Air.

There are two USB-C ports on the left side.

It has a "retina" screen, which has a much higher resolution than previous MacBook Air computers. The latest MacBook Air gives fans of this iconic machine everything they've been asking for over many years: a Retina display, Touch ID, and a body that's 17% less voluminous and a quarter-pound lighter than its predecessor.

It's very likely that existing T2-capable MacBook Pro models will require some sort of software update before being able to take advantage of this feature. It will be available in Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers starting Wednesday, November 7. With a starting price of $1,199, the point of entry to this Retina Air is now $200 more than it was before.

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