Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Apple updates its MacBook Air and Mac mini

Apple Event Apple's event will take place in New York Credit Apple
Pete Mitchell | 31 October, 2018, 07:41

The new MacBook Air has a 13.3-inch Retina Display with more than 4 million pixels and a thinner bezel. That's not an unprecedented price for a MacBook Air: "When the previous 13" model was introduced in 2010, it started at $1299. Here are all the details of Apple's new iPad Pro 2018 model and MacBook Air. Apple stated that it has revamped all the aspects of the Notebook. If, however, the previous MacBook Air's appeal was grounded in that balance of portability, functionality, and most importantly price, then what will be the reaction to the new tag?

MacBook Air now includes Touch ID - a fingerprint sensor built right into the keyboard - which allows you to conveniently and instantly unlock your MacBook Air, authenticate your identity, and make fast, simple and secure purchases using Apple Pay.

It also comes with a T2 security chip for better privacy and security at bootload-level.

One thing though: The move from lightning cable to USB-C gives it more power (like the ability to charge other devices) but it also means - you got it - all new accessories. "At one point, I thought [the MacBook Air brand promise] spoke more to the form factor being so thin and light", said IDC analyst Linn Huang in an email. The device comes in a similar form factor to what we have seen in the previous generation of the MacBook Air. Each key is backlit with an individual LED. The new MacBook Air also includes the industry-best Force Touch trackpad, which delivers pressure-sensing capabilities and haptic feedback, and is 20 per cent larger than on the previous generation MacBook Air, offering a quieter and more capable trackpad experience. It includes an image signal processor that enables enhanced tone mapping, exposure control and white balancing to the FaceTime HD camera. It packs in a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, up to 1.5 TB SSD, and up to 16 GB RAM. Same goes for the storage options as the 256GB, 512GB, and 1.5TB since they cost additional RM 850, RM 1700, and RM 5100 respectively. 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 the most versatile port ever. However, Apple has made some interesting decisions in keeping certain specs in the past and considerably raising the price on its historically most affordable laptop. "It not only influenced the rest of the Mac line for years to come, but it changed the laptop industry", he said at Apple's launch event in NY.

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"All this said, it may also be worth looking at the new 11" iPad Pro which starts at just $799 for 64GB (there's also a 12.9" version) - add the new Smart Keyboard Folio (no pairing required!) and you may find you don't need a laptop at all. As far as output video is concerned, there are three new formats.

MobileSyrup will have more on the new MacBook Air in the coming days, including a full review of the laptop. The new Stacks feature organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups.

You can order the MacBook Air through the Apple Store starting today, and the laptops will be available in stores on November 7, 2018.

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