Apple Debuts Thinner, Lighter & Faster MacBook Air With Retina Display

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All-new MacBook Air takes flight

When it comes to connecting your devices, the new MacBook Air has two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, much like Apple's recent MacBook Pro lineup. It's late to the game, sure, but now that it is here and with the holiday season upon us, Apple is likely going to sell a lot of these in the coming months.

Apple's announced its refreshed device at an event in Brooklyn today, where CEO Tim Cook described the lineup as being "designed for creativity".

The new lower-cost Apple notebook adopts numerous technologies Apple introduced with the MacBook Pro in 2016, including a large Force Touch trackpad, new keyboard and two Thunderbolt 3 ports in the side for power and connectivity.

While we were perusing Apple's new MacBook Air choices on its website, we also clicked around to see if any other products had disappeared or were upgraded.

The highlight of the new MacBook Air is the 8th generation dual-core Intel i5 that is clocked at 1.6GHz. The new MacBook Air trades USB-A ports for a pair of USB-C ports, uses a "butterfly" keyboard design, and supports "Hey Siri" voice commands. Overall, it weighs 2.75 lbs, a quarter pound lighter than its previous Air.

Apple's new MacBook Air 2 features a 13.3-inch Retina Display with minimal bezels surrounding the corners. Pre-orders begin today and first deliveries are slated for November 7. There's also a large and much-improved Force Touch trackpad.

The 13.3-inch screen crams 4 million pixels onto the screen and Apple says the borders around the edge of the screen are "50% narrower" than before.

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What's more, the computer is a bit of win for Apple's green credentials - the company says each one is made from 100% recycled aluminium. Additionally, Apple claims its latest Retina Display renders 48% more color.

The MacBook Air was refreshed with faster processors a year ago.

The 2018 Air also adds TouchID authentication, but the TouchBar has been dropped in favour of retaining the five-row physical keyboard.

That Touch ID sensor with T2 security chip, built into the new butterfly mechanism keyboard, seems very well executed, and for such a take-anywhere system, makes flawless sense.

Irish price for MacBook Air is from €1,379 with the price for the Mac Mini starting at €919.

The new MacBook Air comes in Gold, Space Grey and Silver colour options.

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