Apple launches new MacBook Air with retina display

Speaking on stage at Apple's October event today, Apple chief Tim Cook said that the MacBook Air was Apple's most beloved laptop and no wonder - it's still a popular design a decade after its original reveal.

The MacBook Air's Retina display is 13.3 inches on the diagonal, and packs in over 4 million pixels. There's also a Touch ID sensor for good measure!

The new MacBook Air will be available with an Intel 8th Gen Core i5 processor with built-in graphics, and up to 16GB of 2133MHz DDR4 RAM.

Battery-wise, the new MacBook Air can play iTunes movies for up to 13 hours, Apple said.

TechCrunch folks got the opportunity to go hands-on with the new MacBook Air right after they keynote event, and have shared their initial thoughts on Apple's latest notebook. While the previous MacBook Air weighed in a 2.96 pounds, Apple has managed to shave even more weight off its successor, which comes in at 2.75 pounds. Pre-orders begin today and first deliveries are slated for November 7.

The MacBook Air 2015 and its forbearers are practically timeless products. The Mac Mini hasn't received an update in several years, so the new version is quite a bit more powerful.

Its battery promises 12 hours of wireless web browsing and 13 hours of video playback, thanks to this hardware, added Apple.

The new MacBook Air will be available in three colors: silver, space gray, and rose gold.

Admittedly the old MacBook Air is seemingly sticking around, at $999, but it's hard to see it lasting too long.

It is 15.6mm thick, which is 10% thinner than the previous Air, weighs 1.24kg, and is made from 100% recycled aluminium.

Given the issues I've had with the MacBook Pro's display scratching, I expect the shift to glossy bezels that aren't raised will result in the Air suffering from the same problem.

So here's the New MacBook Air, a completely redesigned, reengineered, and carefully refined upgrade over the predecessor. The trackpad is now the new Force Touch trackpad that's 20% larger, and offers haptic feedback. The headphone jack, thankfully, is still on-board. The MacBook Air will be coming with a Retina display now! We'll keep you updated on the latest.

The "ultimate iPad" has 25% less volume, nearly 4 million pixels and comes in 11 inches and 12.9 inches. Finally, the T2 enables the new Air to have an always-on process listening for "Hey Siri" commands.

All told, it's a better design in terms of portability, but it doesn't leave much room for power similar to that of what the MacBook Air held against contemporaries of the time.


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