Apple finally updates the MacBook Air and Mac Mini

Adjust Comment Print

And yes, these include Apple's new third-generation butterfly keyboard design that everyone hates on the new MacBook Pro devices, and that will likely continue on this year's MacBook Air.

Apple has launched a new updated MacBook Air, almost 3 years after it last updated the laptop, that has a Retina Display and TouchID.

Touch ID on the MacBook Air is supported with Apple's T2 chip, with an SSD controller. Spec wise, users can get this laptop with up to Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 1.5TB SSD.

The 13-inch machine will cost $1,199 in the US. Around the edges of the notebook, prospective owners will find a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports that double as power inputs, as well as a good old headphone jack.

The new MacBook Air is even smaller, having shrunk 17 percent in volume, just 15.6mm, a full 10 percent thinner.

The newly resurrected MacBook Air. looks like the love child of the previous MacBook Air and the 12-inch MacBook. The new MacBook Air launches on November 7.

The previous MacBook Air model is still available at $999.

Apple has heard your cries for a MacBook Air refresh and the company has finally delivered.

Apple says that the Air's 50.3 watt-hour lithium polymer battery features up to 12 hours of battery life when web browsing, 13 hours when watching iTunes movie playback and 30 days of standby time.

First and foremost, Apple's new MacBook Air comes with the performance upgrade everyone's been waiting for. The FaceTime camera will remain at the top of the display, however. Like the MacBook Air, it got a major overhaul in 2010. It is made from 100% recycled tin and 35% recycled plastic, in addition to a custom Apple-designed alloy that employs 100% recycled aluminum. Among other changes, the size and weight of the enclosure have also been decreased, two Thunderbolt 3 ports line one edge, screen bezels have been reduced, and new color options are available. The screen measures 13.3-inch with four times the resolution of its predecessor. If you happen to have a super fast network set up, then there is also a 10Gb Ethernet port on the back.

Additionally, the new MacBook Air has TouchID. More so, Apple announced that all MacBook Air laptops are built from 100 per cent recycled aluminium, making it the greenest MacBook ever. The device comes in a similar form factor to what we have seen in the previous generation of the MacBook Air. The keyboard itself has been upgraded for a better and more reliable typing experience, and the new Force Touchpad below this is 20 percent larger.