Apple announced a new MacBook Air with Retina display at its “There’s More in the Making” media event held in Brooklyn, New York today. It is the first major redesign of the model since its introduction to the market in 2010.
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. The same 13.3-inch display now has a resolution at 2560×1600, four times more than its predecessor, and the screen supports 48 percent more color. In addition, the FaceTime HD camera is tucked neatly right above the screen, while a Touch ID fingerprint sensor has been added to the top right of the keyboard, featuring Apple’s T2 security chip.
In terms of its tech specs, the new MacBook Air boasts an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel UHD Graphics and 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB (8GB standard), with faster SSDs up to 1.5TB in capacity. Additionally, the Air is equipped with the same keyboard and Force Touch trackpad found on Apple’s latest MacBook Pro models, along with louder speakers boasting 25 percent more volume and bass.
Now measuring 0.61-inches at its thickest point, ten percent thinner and weighing 2.75 pounds, the new MacBook Air is crafted from a new, custom-designed aluminum alloy that uses 100 percent recycled aluminum. Apple says that this alloy reduces the Air’s carbon footprint by 50 percent and it’s billed as the “the greenest Mac ever.”
The new MacBook Air is priced at $1,199 for its standard edition, available in gold, silver, and space gray. Pre-orders begin today and first deliveries are slated for November 7.
For more, check out Apple’s latest ad celebrating the Mac, spotlighting how creatives, celebrities, the workforce and people worldwide utilize the device to help change the world for the better.
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