Apple announces new MacBook Air with Retina display, starts at $1,199

All-new MacBook Air takes flight

Apple finally announces updated MacBook Air with Retina display to take on Surface Laptop 2

Apple has launched an all-new 13-inch MacBook Air with Retina display, Touch ID, the latest processors and an even more portable design. There's also TouchID and Apple's T2 security chip for more secure encryption and "Hey Siri functionality".

Speaking of SSDs, you get up to 1.5TB of storage on the new MacBook air, and up to 16GB of RAM.

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. It is 10% thinner than previous Mac and weighs 2.75 pounds (approximately 1.25 kg).

The MacBook Air starts from RM5,249 for the Core i5, 128GB, 8GB RAM base model.

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The new MacBook Air's release date is November 7, 2018.

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

In a way, the new MacBook Air sounds like the flawless laptop ever created. The new machine sports a 12 hour battery life for web browsing, and 13 hours for watching video. The notebook's redesigned display also includes a FaceTime HD camera. Like the MacBook Air, it got a major overhaul in 2010. The company also says it now uses custom alloy from excess aluminium, ensuring the laptop is built with 100-percent recycled aluminium, instead of high-grade aluminium in previous generations - which helps reduce the carbon footprint be almost 50 percent.

The revived Air also has a 13.3-inch display, but with higher Retina-grade density.

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The old scissor switch keyboard has of course been replaced by Apple's third-generation butterfly switch variant, and the hinged trackpad has been retired in favor of a 20% larger Force Touch trackpad. To be more specific about the display, it runs at a 2560×1600 resolution, a huge step up from the previously used sub-1080p displays.

Apple also announced that every single MacBook Air will be made from 100 percent recycled aluminum. But oh boy, has it been due a refresh, something Apple fans have been crying out for, thanks to the Air's neat design and intuitive keyboard and trackpad. Oh and there's a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The MacBook Air features a brand new keyboard with improved responsiveness. We were hoping this latest rendition would feature full fat Intel Core processors that go up to quad-core, instead what we got was a machine that only features dual-core Intel Core Y-series CPUs.

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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