Apple announces brand-new MacBook Air for 2018

Apple claims that the new MacBook Air will offer up to 13 hours of battery life despite weighing just 2.75 pounds.

Apple has officially revealed its new MacBook Air (2018) at an event today in Brooklyn, New York, with the much-wanted product shown off in full and silencing months of rumours about how it would look.

The size of the new MacBook Air's screen is 13.3-inches, and that display features over 4 million pixels and 48-percent colour than the existing model. The TouchID sensor was built right into the keyboard via the T2 security chip.

The new MacBook Air also comes with Touch ID, secured by Apple's T2 security chip, letting you unlock your device and authenticate on apps using your fingerprint.

In terms of its tech specs, the new MacBook Air boasts an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel UHD Graphics and 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB (8GB standard), with faster SSDs up to 1.5TB in capacity.

Apple said the new laptop is also made from 100% recycled aluminium and is 10% thinner than the previous model, at 15.6mm thick and taking up 17% less volume.

The new computer has up to 64GB of Ram and up to 2 terabytes of storage. Pre-orders today, ships November 7. It includes faster processors, making it five times faster than the previous model.

The old school MacBook Air is finally, FINALLY being replaced. Apple promises up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playback, and 12 hours of wireless web browsing for the notebook. The bad news is that the new MacBook Air adopts the new butterfly key mechanism that seems to have a love/hate reputation among the Apple enthusiast community. There is also a FaceTime HD camera on top of the display.

Admittedly the old MacBook Air is seemingly sticking around, at $999, but it's hard to see it lasting too long. Most spectacularly, it's made out of 100 percent recycled aluminum to create Apple's "greenest Mac ever". We'll keep you updated on the latest. The screen's glass covering also stretches from edge-to-edge, meaning there's no bezel to worry about either. 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.

Unfortunately, the MacBook Air 2018 is quite a bit more expensive at a base $1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,849), thanks to all those display and port upgrades. The new Macbook Air comes with audio controller, always on process to enable "Hey Siri", and latest generation keyboard. MacBook batteries tend to perform very well, but we'll still need to get our hands on it to properly test that statement out for ourselves.

  • Latoya Cobb