Apple launches new MacBook Air

That might seem like a pointless question, given the 2018 MacBook Air has just been revealed to us, but if Apple's newest ultraportable is to be a success then it can't just count on branding to buoy sales.

Apple has given the moldering MacBook Air a new lease of life at the company's hardware event in Brooklyn today.

"By upgrading to a Retina Display, the MacBook Air's 13.3" display is made up of 4 million pixels, instead of the 1 million found in previous MacBook Airs.

MacBook Air now includes Touch ID - a fingerprint sensor built right into the keyboard - which allows you to instantly unlock your MacBook Air, authenticate your identity, and make fast, simple and secure purchases using Apple Pay, as per the company. Intel's 1.6 GHz dual-core Core i5 and up to 1.5 TB of SSD storage makes this the fastest, most capacious MacBook Air to-date, and 8 GB or 16 GB of memory is healthy.

The price of the MacBook Air with Retina display will start from $1199.

The new Mac mini comes with plenty of connectivity options, including four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports and an HDMI port. The new MacBook weighs in at 2.75 pounds, a quarter pound lighter than the previous Air.

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"MacBook truly indicates that truly less can be more", said CEO Tim Cook while unveiling the new MacBook Air. Both models will be available from November 7. The 11-inch iPad Pro model has a similar footprint as the previous 10.5-inch iPad model. "It forever changed the entire industry for portable computers and became the world's most loved notebook", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Apple promises up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playback, and 12 hours of wireless web browsing for the notebook.

Apple is now producing its MacBook Airs from 100 percent recycled aluminum, making it the greenest Mac ever.

The FaceTime HD Camera remains in the top centre of the bezel. We can hardly blame Apple for sticking with the knife's edge design of the original MacBook Air. The new MacBook Air's external enclosure is 100% recycled aluminum.

Apple's new MacBook Air 2 features a 13.3-inch Retina Display with minimal bezels surrounding the corners. We'll keep you updated on the latest. Finally, the T2 enables the new Air to have an always-on process listening for "Hey Siri" commands.

Unfortunately, the MacBook Air 2018 is quite a bit more expensive at a base $1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,849), thanks to all those display and port upgrades. The trackpad is being updated to use Force Touch and has 20 percent more surface area than on the previous MacBook Air.

  • Delia Davidson