Apple announces brand-new MacBook Air for 2018

Kelley Robertson
October 31, 2018

Apple's announced its refreshed device at an event in Brooklyn today, where CEO Tim Cook described the lineup as being "designed for creativity". But the fly in the ointment could be that Apple has opted to go for the latest generation Butterfly mechanism for new Air rather than an evolved version of the much-loved keyboard on the previous Air.

What explains the perennial popularity of the MacBook Air? Available from November 7.

The price, however, is not for the faint of heart.

Irish price for MacBook Air is from €1,379 with the price for the Mac Mini starting at €919.

Now for the bad news: There's no $999 option on this new MacBook Air. For less money, you could opt for the fantastic Surface Laptop 2, which comes equipped with a more powerful 8th-generation Intel Core i5 and premium finish for a lot less. That change also affects the aluminium body, with each new MacBook Air being made from 100 per cent recycled metal. The redesigned model continues with the tapered design of its predecessor, but chunks the old USB ports and DisplayPort connectors in favor of two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Those who were blindly hoping Apple would include a mix of USB-A and USB-C in the new Air, will be disappointed to learn that isn't the case.

Bezels on the device have also been radically reduced.

The size of the MacBook Air has also been improved, and the latest model has 17% less volume than its predecessor.

The new MacBook Air represents the first significant overhaul that the MacBook Air has received since it was first introduced as "the world's thinnest notebook" in 2008. You could still easily get by merely word processing and web browsing on this laptop. That starts at $799. The screen on the new MacBook Air has four times resolution with four million pixels to offer more detail and 48 per cent more colour reproduction. It's the first MacBook to use the fingerprint reader without a Touch Bar, like the more expensive MacBook Pros. T2 also features an always-on processor that enables "Hey Siri", which lets you make requests to Siri with just your voice for things like finding files or opening an app. For now, there's Touch ID, much like on the MacBook Pro. but no Touch Bar. which should please some people if not everyone.

Specs-wise, the new MacBook Air features an 8th generation Intel dual-core i5 CPU, up to 16GB of 2,133Mhz RAM, and up to a 1.5TB SSD (which is 60-percent faster than before).

The MacBook Air is available in silver, space gray, and gold.

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