Apple Intros New MacBook Air with Retina Display

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We weren't able to test the performance of Apple's newest MacBook at our session at the Apple Event, however we plan to give the unit a vigorous testing when we get it in the office for review.

Apple seems to have taken the principle "if it ain't broke don't fix it" to heart with the design of the MacBook Air 2018, as it looks identical to previous models save for smaller and darker bezels.

The MacBook Air was refreshed with faster processors previous year. Like we saw with iPhone and the price tag creeping up to the $1k point, if you want Apple's latest then you need to open your wallet wider.

On balance, this is the MacBook Air made for the MacBook Pro generation.

For Apple, the introduction of a new MacBook Air and Mac Mini is crucial. "Every part of the product has been redesigned and reengineered", said Laura Lagrove, vice president of hardware engineering at Apple, during the Apple event. All models ship with SSD storage, starting at 128GB and going all the way up to 1.5TB. The border is 50% more narrow. The display's resolution has been quadrupled, now containing over four million pixels with 48 percent more color, with the FaceTime camera still at the top of the laptop.

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Bezels on the device have also been radically reduced.

The MacBook Air also includes the most secure storage of any notebook, Lagrove said, with a AES-256 crypto engine.

Apple's other modern laptop reinventions have also made there way here including the company's latest-generation butterfly switch keyboard and Force Touch trackpad. Each key is individually backlit. This doesn't make you a Jedi, but uses haptic feedback to provide tactile interactions with what you're clicking on.

It's worth reflecting that the MacBook Air redefined the "thin and light" laptop into a machine for the mainstream, leading a movement away from CD/DVD slots and mechanical hard drives and sparking a competing wave of Windows "ultrabooks" which have now become the norm. There are three thunderbolt ports in the new MacBook Air.

In terms of build quality, the Air hits the typical standard most expect from Apple despite the fact that the computer is now manufactured from 100 percent recycled aluminum.

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The target audience may be a business person or executive who primarily need to access information, as opposed to create content, Ray Wang, principal analyst and founder of Constellation Research, told TechRepublic. I'm a fan of it on the 2018 MacBook Pro refresh, which also got the third-gen switches, but I know plenty of people are not.

But whether the new MacBook Air goes on to achieve the same level of mainstream success as its predecessors remains to be seen.

The new MacBook Air comes in space gray, silver, and a new gold that's still kind of roses. Talking about the battery, Apple claims that the device will come with a similar 12-hour battery life. It weighs 2.75 pounds, or.25 pounds less than the model it replaces. Just 0.16-inches at its thinnest, and 0.61-inches at its thickest, and a mere 2.75 pounds, we're talking one serious diet.

Last but not least, the MacBook Air 2018 now features dedicated speaker grills, like the MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Air features 12 hours of battery life for wireless web browsing, and 13 hours of battery life for iTunes and playback. All things considered, it makes sense to pay the extra $200 to get it if you're in the market for a MacBook Air.

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What are the major competitors to the MacBook Air?

Convertibles including the Lenovo Yoga 920 and the HP Spectre x360 13 could also be competitors. This machine has extremely few compromises for a non-pro laptop, and a starting price that is $100 cheaper than the MacBook.

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