MacBook Air 2018 detailed with Retina display and Touch ID

MacBook Air 2018 detailed with Retina display and Touch ID

NEW YORK-The wait is over: Apple on Tuesday unveiled a revamped MacBook Air at an event in Brooklyn, New York. Apple says that this alloy reduces the Air's carbon footprint by 50 percent and it's billed as the "the greenest Mac ever". The all-new MacBook Air features a Retina display - a first for the series, and long anticipated.

While Apple didn't say the exact mAh of the battery in the new MacBook Air, they did say that it would able to last 12 hours of wireless web browsing and 13 hours of video playback. The notebook features Apple's trademark Retina display which is capable of displaying 4 million pixels.

This new MacBook Air was shown to roll with a TouchID home button, and an Apple T2 security chip. It's also 10 per cent thinner, if that matters to you, though that has the advantage of it only weighing 1.24kg.

The original MacBook Air was lauded as the most affordable Mac you could possibly buy, with models starting at $999 (about £770, AU$1,410) in later versions following its 2008 launch.

All-in-all, the new MacBook Air looks pretty damn slick and will likely win the approval of a good deal of fans.

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The old MacBook Air stays in the line.

The base specs starts at $1199 (UK price TBA) and comes with a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Even by today's standards, the MacBook Air remains to be one of the thinnest, lightest and most stylish laptops in the market. There's also a large and much-improved Force Touch trackpad. 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.

However, the tech company made a big point of saying how portable this new Macbook Air is. The MacBook Air will be available in three colors which are Gold, Space Gray and Aluminum.

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.

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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