New MacBook Air (2018) Hands-On

All-new MacBook Air takes flight

Well, they're here. Apple just officially announced the New MacBook Air. 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.

On the inside, you get an 8-generation Intel Core i5 processor with up to 1.5TB of storage and up to 16GB RAM. There are two Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C ports, while the laptop comes in a gold colour in addition to silver and space grey, with a black bezel. 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.

Professional users will also have to decide if they want to go for the MacBook Air or the MacBook Pro laptop, updated in 2018 with 8th-generation Intel processors and improved RAM, storage, and battery. Pre-orders begin today and first deliveries are slated for November 7. The 11-inch iPad Pro model has a similar footprint as the previous 10.5-inch iPad model.

The revamp of the some of the most popular products in the Mac line comes on the heels of new devices from Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Microsoft Corp.

The MacBook Air features 12 hours of battery life for wireless web browsing, and 13 hours of battery life for iTunes and playback.

As is the case with almost all products Apple announces at its events, the MacBook Air is available for pre-order immediately from Apple's online store.

The FaceTime HD Camera remains in the top centre of the bezel. Be sure to check back in to T3 soon for the full new MacBook Air picture.

Lastly, the new MacBook Air is constructed from 100-percent recycled aluminium.

The unibody of the new MacBook Air is also made of 100 per cent recycled aluminium. The MagSafe charger from the older MacBook Air is now gone. 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.

The revived Air also has a 13.3-inch display, but with higher Retina-grade density. It basically means the pad doesn't move, but you can also do "press and hold" clicks to open up new options. The display is now 13.3 inches with a 2,560 x 1600 resolution. We've been rapidly nearing (or arguably already past) the point where these old computers either needed to be updated or removed from the lineup entirely. The trackpad is being updated to use Force Touch and has 20 percent more surface area than on the previous MacBook Air. "Unlike any notebook that's come before or since, MacBook Air has become the most beloved notebook ever".

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