Apple updates MacBook Air with Retina display, Touch ID

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This sort of tear drop design is what spurred the entire Ultrabook movement in the Windows PC space. The new MacBook Air is available to order right now, and will be delivered next week.

Of course, beyond aesthetics, the MacBook Air 2018 heavily modernizes original's design. The new Apple MacBook also includes the Force Touch trackpad which is claimed to be 20 percent larger than one on the previous-generation MacBook Air. At 2.75 lbs, it is a quarter pound lighter than the previous version.

This drop in dimensions is largely thanks to the MacBook Air 2018 adopting a fanless Intel Y-series processor.

This morning Tim Cook took the stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House to announce a brand new revision of the MacBook Air. Finally, the MacBook Air also comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, so you can hook up an external 4K or 5K display, or an external GPU. No USB Type-A, though Apple does at least let you keep the 3.5mm headphone jack. There's also a Touch ID sensor for good measure!

I would have ideally liked to see the new Air land somewhere in the $1,300 range.

The speakers are now 25 percent louder with better bass and includes a three-microphone array for better Siri input and communication. "Unlike any notebook that's come before or since, MacBook Air has become the most beloved notebook ever".

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The new MacBook Air includes the same 13-inch screen size as the previous model, but it is a higher-resolution Retina display, a feature that fans of the laptop have been requesting for years. Not only are the bezels now black (like on iMacs and MacBook Pros), but they are also 50 percent smaller. MacBook Air also features SSDs up to 1.5TB in capacity, that is said to be up to 60 per cent faster than the previous generation and make launching apps and opening files feel snappier and more responsive. When Steve pulled that Macbook Air out of that envelope, it was clear that things would never be the same. Overall, the new MacBook Air's display seems roughly on par with the 2017 MacBook Pro in terms of overall vibrancy and colour.

And when you're done using Photoshop on the iPad Pro, fire up Project Aero and watch how you can put your creation into the augmented reality world.

Here's where the MacBook Air 2018 fails to impress. 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.

More power to the user with the new Mac mini: Minimum 4-6 cores, 32-64GB, up to 2TB SSD, 5 times faster performance.

Where and when can I buy the MacBook Air?