MacBook Air 2018 Hands-on: It's finally here

All-new MacBook Air takes flight

While the design of the new MacBook Air has changed, the apple hasn't fallen to far from the tree. However, there are also a few upgrades MacBook Air 2015 users will have to begrudgingly accept with this new model, including the Force Touch Trackpad and higher starting price. The new MacBook Air has a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports. 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. Announced earlier this morning at Apple's October event - the new air is looking more handsome than ever, and has a lot going on under the hood too. "It not only influenced the rest of the Mac line for years to come, but it changed the laptop industry", he said at Apple's launch event in NY.

Professional users will also have to decide if they want to go for the MacBook Air or the MacBook Pro laptop, updated in 2018 with 8th-generation Intel processors and improved RAM, storage, and battery.

It costs $799 in the US.

Apple has given the moldering MacBook Air a new lease of life at the company's hardware event in Brooklyn today. It is made from 100% recycled tin and 35% recycled plastic, in addition to a custom Apple-designed alloy that employs 100% recycled aluminum. "At one point, I thought [the MacBook Air brand promise] spoke more to the form factor being so thin and light", said IDC analyst Linn Huang in an email.

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The new MacBook Air comes in space gray, silver, and a new gold that's still kind of roses. There were plenty of rumors and reports building up to this moment, as we knew to expect the new iPads and the new MacBooks. Although Cook said 100 million people now regularly use Macs, pundits had long criticized the company for not refreshing the MacBook Air and Mac Mini lines at the same pace as its pro-level MacBook Pro line.

However, the previous MacBook Air may never have achieved its legendary battery life figures if not for that highly-tuned (if awfully muddled) display resolution.

As is the case with almost all products Apple announces at its events, the MacBook Air is available for pre-order immediately from Apple's online store. The device has two Thunderbird ports. "My only complaint is that the default storage option is still 128GB".

Maintaining its signature slim profile but with 17 percent less volume, the new MacBook Air is highlighted by its new display, featuring 50 percent smaller bezels, allowing for a reduced footprint while retaining the same screen size. Those perforations aren't just for show, either; they house speakers that are 25% louder and deliver two-times the amount of bass than that of the previous MacBook Air, according to Apple. It weighs 2.75 pounds (1.24kg). Apple's 12 hours of wireless web browsing (or 13 hours of iTunes movie playback) is on a par with before, too, though it still insists on only including a 30W power adapter.

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