Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

MacBook Air 2018 hands-on: Apple knows what you’ll pay for

MacBook Air 2018 hands-on: Apple knows what you’ll pay for

The new MacBook Air has a backlit keyboard with individual lighting behind each key, based on the third-generation Butterfly mechanism that's said to be 4 times more stable.

The new MacBook Air is 10 percent thinner than the previous model and is a quarter-pound lighter.

Like the iPad and newest MacBook Pros - as well as former iPhones - the MacBook Air now has Touch ID to provide a secure unlock to the laptop.

The new Mac mini comes with plenty of connectivity options, including four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports and an HDMI port.

The old Air's display was a 13.3-inch relic with 1,440-by-900 screen resolution. Apple has launched a new updated MacBook Air, almost 3 years after it last updated the laptop, that has a Retina Display and TouchID.

It costs $799 in the US. Unlike past MacBook Air's, which have always been entry-level Apple Mac devices with sub £1,000 price tags, this year's model starts at £1,199.

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With the new MacBook Air Apple is promising up to 12 hours of battery life while web browsing, or 13 hours if you're watching films on iTunes. Every MacBook Air is now made from 100% recycled aluminum, reducing its carbon footprint by 50%. "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. The new MacBook Air should come to India by the end of the year. The MagSafe charger from the older MacBook Air is now gone. The new MacBook Air is portable, pretty, and newly powerful, all things you have to pay for.

"The first MacBook Air revolutionised Mac with its thin wedge-shaped aluminium design".

Battery life remains pegged at 12 hours, although Apple has yet to adopt fast-charge technology which could add a few hours to the tank after just 15-30 minutes drinking deeply from the nearest AC socket. Orders start today, and it'll be available next week. With over 700 Thunderbolt 3 devices in the ecosystem and growing, along with thousands of USB-C devices, MacBook Air allows you to take advantage of a whole new generation of accessories.

Over a decade since Steve Jobs famously launched the first super-skinny MacBook Air in January 2008 by pulling it out out of a manila envelope, Apple's leanest laptop has been overhauled in nearly every dimension. The laptop features high-fidelity Stereo speakers, which are 25 per cent louder compared to the previous version, and include three mic array to provide improved recognition of Siri. It weighs 2.75 pounds (1.24kg).

The previous MacBook Air model is still available at $999.

The updated MacBook Air is Apple's latest slim notebook laptop, with a retina display and Touch ID, running on macOS Mojave. The MacBook Pro keyboard has come in for plenty of criticism over the last 2 years, so it will be interesting to see how people react to it here.

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