Apple Announces the New MacBook Air

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Available in three colors - space gray, silver, and gold - the new MacBook Air starts at $1,199.

Portability, certainly, hasn't been compromised upon.

In terms of availability, we are not sure about the exact release date in Malaysia but at the time that this article is published, the shipping date for MacBook Air is now stated on Apple Malaysia website as between 3 to 17 December.

"By upgrading to a Retina Display, the MacBook Air's 13.3" display is made up of 4 million pixels, instead of the 1 million found in previous MacBook Airs.

The MacBook 12-inch gave us extreme weight loss, though, but struggled to gain traction nonetheless. That mirrors the entry-level MacBook Pro model - the one without the Touch Bar. This is a major upgrade, cutting down on time spent fiddling around on the old third-gen keyboard that the laptop is carrying over from previous MacBook Airs.

The new machine marks the debut of a Retina display on the MacBook Air, which Cook said has been the most requested feature by far.

What might be giving you pause still is the keyboard. The trackpad has been updated to Force Touch, just like Apple's other modern laptops. The butterfly mechanism, however, isn't so broadly acclaimed. Apple's metallurgy team has designed a new alloy such that even new MacBook Air is made from 100-percent recycled aluminum, reducing its carbon footprint by 50 percent. But Apple still wants to cater to people who want a mobile Mac but aren't about to pay $1199.

The 2018 Air also adds TouchID authentication, but the TouchBar has been dropped in favour of retaining the five-row physical keyboard.

An 8th-generation dual-core Intel Core i5 processor is at the core of the New MacBook Air.

And the hardware is capable of delivering up to 13-hours of iTunes video playback on a single charge. Look a little deeper, however, and you'll spot that this time it comes with two Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports, a headphone jack and Apple's signature Retina Display - something past MacBook Air's were sorely missing.

It's smaller and lighter than Air, though not quite so much as the 12-inch. Most frustrating is probably going to be the fact that there's no SD card reader.

The MacBook Air 2015 and its forbearers are practically timeless products. And with 48 per cent more colour than the previous generation, images are more lifelike than ever.1 The new MacBook Air also includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera, which is ideal for Group FaceTime calls with friends and family, as well as a three microphone array for better sound quality when making calls and improved voice recognition for Siri. That's not an unprecedented price for a MacBook Air: "When the previous 13" model was introduced in 2010, it started at $1299.

Of course, beyond aesthetics, the MacBook Air 2018 heavily modernizes original's design.