MacBook Air 2018 Hands-on: It's finally here

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That might seem like a pointless question, given the 2018 MacBook Air has just been revealed to us, but if Apple's newest ultraportable is to be a success then it can't just count on branding to buoy sales.

Apple announced a new MacBook Air with Retina display at its "There's More in the Making" media event held in Brooklyn, New York today.

The new model features Touch ID built directly into the keyboard.

The laptop also includes Touch ID, which users can use to unlock the device, make purchases on Apple Pay, or use with third-party apps.

The base configuration of the New MacBook Air features the 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, paired with 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. That's the new Air (top) with my 13-inch MacBook Pro (bottom). Instead you get a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, which can support eGPUs, storage, up to a 5K display (or two 4K screens), or other hardware.

The new MacBook Air has 17% less volume and is 10% thinner than its predecessor. That change also affects the aluminium body, with each new MacBook Air being made from 100 per cent recycled metal. It is priced at $1,199 (roughly Rs. 88,200), and goes up for pre-orders in the USA today, with availability from November 7.

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KitGuru Says: Its nice to see that Apple hasn't forgotten about, or chose to axe the Mac Mini and MacBook Air. The notebook's redesigned display also includes a FaceTime HD camera.

While my initial impressions of the MacBook Air are positive, a few questions about the device remain, particularly battery life given this is a feature the older air is famous for. The new MacBook Air's external enclosure is 100% recycled aluminum. The first MacBook Air was introduced in 2008 at a time when its ultra-thin chassis was seen as radical and revolutionary.

The rumors were right: Apple has finally chose to update the very long in the tooth MacBook Air.

The 13.3-inch screen crams 4 million pixels onto the screen and Apple says the borders around the edge of the screen are "50% narrower" than before. It received a specifications refresh in 2017, and here we are in 2018, with a design refresh. No USB Type-A, though Apple does at least let you keep the 3.5mm headphone jack. The new Macbook Air comes with audio controller, always on process to enable "Hey Siri", and latest generation keyboard.

Under the chassis, you'll get Intel's latest eighth-generation dual-core mobile processors, which deliver decent performance for lappy parts. "Unlike any notebook that's come before or since, MacBook Air has become the most beloved notebook ever".

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