Apple MacBook Air gets a new lease of life


As expected, the new machine is bringing up-to-date specs and hardware to the table. There's little doubt in my mind that this MacBook Air will be Apple's new best selling model, taking over from its outdated predecessor which never lost that crown. 100 million Macs are now out there in the wild now, which is a major milestone for the company.

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The new Macbook series runs on macOS Mojave.

Despite all of these changes, the New MacBook Air takes up 17% less space than the predecessor. In that sense, the new MacBook Air skirts such perils. Cook tells those watching what everyone already knows: the MacBook Air is the most beloved notebook. These new graphics options deliver up to 60 per cent faster graphics performance for the most demanding video editing, 3D design and rendering workloads. And that begins with the new Retina display.

It's a hefty price for the device, especially since you can get current MacBook Airs on Amazon for around £800-£900, and the super-slim MacBook is only £100 more than these new Airs.

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Apple has doubled the memory of the previous Macbook Air to 16GB on this new machine and equipped it with two Thunderbolt ports that can be used to attach things like external displays, hard drives or GPUs. It does not include the aluminum bezel of the previous version, with the display glass now coming to the edge of the enclosure.

The FaceTime HD camera is still at the top of the display (which obviously supports Group FaceTime). Even as Apple totally revamped its MacBook Pro line with better displays and shallower keyboards, and released the thinner 12-inch MacBook in 2015, the MacBook Air, curiously, was largely left to languish for years. As mentioned above, the new MacBook Air also features a larger screen, more pixels, and improved stereo speakers and keyboard. If, however, the previous MacBook Air's appeal was grounded in that balance of portability, functionality, and most importantly price, then what will be the reaction to the new tag? It is still the butterfly design.

There is an eighth-generation Intel Core processor under the hood. Apple's 12 hours of wireless web browsing (or 13 hours of iTunes movie playback) is on a par with before, too, though it still insists on only including a 30W power adapter. It is 15 per cent thinner compared to the previous iteration, and has 25 per cent less volume. 10% thinner than the previous Air.

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.