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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    All those doubters hush!

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

    A timeless Steve Jobs classic.
     
  3. thadoggfather macrumors G4

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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.
     
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  9. chooyoshi macrumors member

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    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

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    128 GB seems like a lot... you could never use that much storage:rolleyes:
     
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    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

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    there goes the only good keyboard on laptop...
     
  14. Wowzera macrumors 6502a

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

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    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

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    Tim Cook: "That's what you think..."
     
  17. Devinaire macrumors newbie

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

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    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

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

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

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    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
     
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    Literally a 13" Retina MacBook with an extra port. And cheaper.. what
     
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    My thoughts exactly. Even the 12 inch possibly
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    Were people thinking it would go away?
     
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