The new 2018 Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by elhungarian, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. elhungarian, Oct 30, 2018
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    elhungarian macrumors 6502

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    hi all,

    what are your guys' thoughts on the new Macbook Air?

    My first thoughts:

    -it looks slick, no doubt about it
    -128GB starting storage make me nervous about the price of a 256gb or 512gb system
    -cpu only Dual Core 8th gen I could find was https://ark.intel.com/products/185280/Intel-Core-i5-8200Y-Processor-4M-Cache-up-to-3-90-GHz-
    -im looking for a companion to my Video Editing Rig, may just have to stay at 8gb. Lets see how the BTO options are.


    other thoughts?
     
  2. MyMacintosh macrumors 6502

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    Yeah its pretty steep for 128. Typical apple though. Also what does this do to the 12 inch?
     
  3. elhungarian thread starter macrumors 6502

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    very interesting to find out about the 12", you are right. I think my ideal Macbook would have been an updated nTB MBP but this Air may just fit that slot now.
     
  4. bambooshots macrumors 65816

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    Looks like I may be getting rid of my 12" rMB for the new MacBook Air!
     
  5. Wingzfan61 macrumors member

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    I was all in until that price. I was planning on getting one to use as my portable device and leave my MacBook Pro in my office. The price is too close to a Pro and the only advantage I see is the battery which isn't an issue for me.
     
  6. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020

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    Biggest concern is that it is a 13" MacBook really (5W CPU). Was hoping for a 15W Whiskey Lake CPU machine.
     
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    Do we know how processor / gpu are likely to perform vs existing MB / most recent mba?
     
  8. elhungarian thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i hear ya. Cant wait to see benchmarks of the nTB 2017 MBP vs this new air.. I still cant buy a "new" laptop with the 2nd Gen Butterfly keyboard..
     
  9. JimmyBanks6 macrumors member

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    128gb has been the base model since 2013, that is sad.
     
  10. elhungarian thread starter macrumors 6502

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    which 13" macbook you mean is 5W?
     
  11. friedkimchi macrumors regular

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    They should have started base price from $1099. But I think that would canibalise their MacBook sales.

    Still a welcome update.
     
  12. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020

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    This new MacBook Air uses 5W CPU's, like the 12" MacBook.

    (Previously, MacBook Air used 15W CPU's - as do all the Window competitors on the 13" market of similar size).
     
  13. Lioness~ macrumors 65816

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    I had hoped for a 11"
    Ok, 13" is a bit smaller, but a little more expensive then I’m willing to put on a MBA right now. I still think.
    Let’s see what else comes....
     
  14. MyMacintosh macrumors 6502

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    Apple is great at giving you just enough of an update to satisfy something, but still have you wanting more. They seem to always put people in a tight spot as far as deciding. It's those rare times where they give exactly what you want, that you're happy lol.
     
  15. kutxitril macrumors newbie

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    They might just update processors of Macbook and iMacs in the store, no need for a space in the event for minor updates.
     
  16. justinf77 macrumors 6502

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    Is the new MacBook Air fanless like the MacBook?
     
  17. elhungarian thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Will be interesting to see benchmarks. Obv. Plus would be thermal management for the lower watt cpu.

    Hm also interesting would be to compare a 8/16gb 256gb/512gb with the mbp equivalent.
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    The thing is so friggin thin, it almost has to be or?

    Did the old air have a fan?
     
  18. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020

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    Amberlake CPU's should be fanless. Treat the new MacBook Air as the 13" MacBook.
     
  19. weezerr macrumors regular

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    Ill probably buy to replace my 2011 Air, wish they went with the 15 watt processors though. 1200 is steep for 5w amber lake and 128 base
     
  20. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601

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    Looks great to me, don't really need one, but want one.
     
  21. yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a

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    I think its pretty nice. I just wonder what the price would be at 256gb/512gb.
     
  22. elhungarian thread starter macrumors 6502

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  24. elhungarian thread starter macrumors 6502

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    True because the ram speed is still the slower MHz at the link I provided.
     
  25. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a

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    Is it just me? Or does it look a lot like the 12-inch MacBook but with Touch ID?
     

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