Apple Announces New MacBook Air With 13-Inch Retina Display and Touch ID

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple in New York today announced a new Retina Display-equipped MacBook Air, the first major update to the model in several years. The display is the centerpiece of the update, but it also gains a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports and retains its headphone jack, mirroring other 13-inch notebooks in Apple's lineup. It's available in gold, silver, and space gray.

    Pricing starts at $1,199, with preorders beginning today and first deliveries on November 7.


    The new Air features 50 percent smaller bezels, allowing for a reduced footprint while retaining the same screen size. The 13.3-inch display has four times the resolution of the previous model at 2560x1600. The screen supports 48 percent more color than before, and the FaceTime HD camera remains tucked away at the top.

    It has an 8th-gen Intel Core i5, with Intel UHD Graphics and 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB (8GB standard), with faster SSDs up to 1.5TB in capacity.

    There's a new Touch ID fingerprint sensor at the top right of the keyboard, alongside the physical function keys. Apple's T2 Security Chip is included, brought over from the MacBook Pro and iMac Pro -- it protects Touch ID data, while also ensuring that the boot process has not been tampered with. There's an onboard SSD controller with on-the-fly data encryption for the Air's flash storage. It also enables "Hey Siri" support.


    It uses the same third-generation keyboard as Apple's recent MacBook Pro models, and the Force Touch trackpad is here as well. Better, louder speakers are here, with 25 percent more volume and twice the bass.

    It takes up 17 percent less volume, and is ten percent thinner than before, just 0.61-inches at its thickest point (by the hinge). It weighs 2.75 pounds, a quarter pound lighter than before.

    Finally, Apple made much of the environmental impact of both the MacBook Air and the new Mac Mini, with both machines made from a new, custom-designed aluminum alloy that uses 100 percent recycled aluminum. Apple says this alloy helps reduce the Air's carbon footprint by 50 percent, "making it the greenest Mac ever."

    In addition to the new $1,199 MacBook Air, the old version sticks around, beginning at $999.

    Article Link: Apple Announces New MacBook Air With 13-Inch Retina Display and Touch ID
  2. GadgetBen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2015
    All those doubters hush!

    Apple were never going to get rid of the MacBook Air.

    A timeless Steve Jobs classic.
  3. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    Looks like non Touch Bar 13” is done now

    Confused why people would opt for a 13” Touch Bar for that matter, price dependent of course
  4. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
    Nuce but should have usb c on both sides for charging
  5. jun180 macrumors regular


    Apr 27, 2010
    Nearly a perfect laptop! I just wish it had a USB-A port (I know it probably won't fit the thin chassis). I'm all for USB-C, but the uptake is extremely slow and I still use USB-A often
  6. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    Definitely will cost more than the current Air. Maybe $1199 starting for 128 GB ($100 below MBP).
  7. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    The naysayers were wrong about the Air.

    As expected, the Air lives on and will for a long time. It’s their most popular MacBook.
  8. ricktat macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2013
  9. chooyoshi macrumors member


    Aug 5, 2018
    No USB A port and still having the butterfly keyboard? Why? I have the 2012 11.6 inch mba and might have considered this. Mac mini next!
  10. ricktat macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2013
    128 GB seems like a lot... you could never use that much storage:rolleyes:
  11. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
  12. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Nope. They needed the space for the 100 year old headphone jack.

    Can’t wait to see if the iPad rumors pan out now ...

    So Touch ID is now the MacBook thing? I wonder how long until FaceID replaces it too? I was kinda surprised it wasn’t included in this redesign. Maybe next year?
  13. vixster1901 macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2009
    there goes the only good keyboard on laptop...
  14. Wowzera macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2008
    US$ 1.199? No, thank you, Apple.
    US$ 1.299 I could get a MBP far more powerful.
  15. yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2010
    San Diego
    Interesting, what does this mean for the non-tbMPB and just standard MacBook? I feel like this new Air makes them irrelevant.
  16. nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    Tim Cook: "That's what you think..."
  17. Devinaire macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2014
    Exactly what I was thinking $1099 would’ve been a strong starting price but :(
  18. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    Like it but not running to replace my 6 month old Air. Remember along with the price you are going to have to get a dongle to connect all your USB-A and other items such as reader for your camera card. Sometimes I think Apple is just too much into thin and light - not that I don't like thin and light but I'd go for function first.
  19. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    I guess the air name/ brand too iconic to drop :D
  20. mrzz Suspended

    Mar 25, 2017
    headphone jack is still one of the most useful things on the laptop
  21. upandown macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2017
    Anyone still bitching about the keyboard is insane. There is more than enough travel in the keyboard! Let go of the past. I truly can not see how anyone wouldn’t like it or need more depth. Hurts your fingers? Get out of here
  22. WAM2 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2011
    United States
    Literally a 13" Retina MacBook with an extra port. And cheaper.. what
  23. MyMacintosh macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2012
    My thoughts exactly. Even the 12 inch possibly
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    Were people thinking it would go away?
  24. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
  25. Corsig macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008

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