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Apple unveils the new MacBook Air with Retina display

The long-awaited update finally brings Retina and Touch ID.

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Apple today announced the new MacBook Air during its Special Event in New York. The hardware upgrade brings a variety of changes that existing MacBook Air users have been asking for.

Oh boy! That does come with a new base price of $1,199 for Air.

Sporting a gorgeous Retina display with over 4 million pixels, the new MacBook Air is the first Retina device in the Air family. The 13.3-inch device has 50 percent narrower bezels around the screen in a more compact body design than its predecessor. What works as a cherry on top is that the bezels are now black as well.

MacBook Air 2018

Apple’s latest Air is also equipped with Touch ID (just like on the MacBook Pro but sans the Touch Bar). It can be used to authenticate payments, purchase items from the App Store, and unlock the device, of course!

The Force Touch trackpad on the 2018 MacBook Air is 20 percent larger than on the previous generation MacBook Air.

Speaking of what Apple’s most proud of for this MacBook Air is the aluminium housing. The aluminium used in making the laptop is 100 percent recycled. And it weighs just 2.75 pounds.

Apple has bumped the specs on the new MacBook Air to align with the year 2018, as it must. The laptop from Apple sports an 8th-generation dual-core i5 CPU with up to 16GB of RAM and 1.5TB SSD storage. That said, it should be up to 60 percent faster than the previous generation. There are stereo speakers and three mics inside the new MacBook Air, and just two Thunderbolt 3 ports (for the sake of futuristic I/O).

The 2018 MacBook Air line-up includes space gray, silver, and gold finishes. Apple is accepting pre-orders starting today, with sales commencing on November 7.

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