Apple updates MacBook Air with Retina Display and TouchID

All-new MacBook Air takes flight

The MacBook Air hasn't seen a refresh for a while, and while some might have anxious Apple was going to discontinue the range Tim Cook has just (rather enthusiastically) announced that there's a new one on the way.

Chief among the new MacBook Air's updated feature set is a 13.3-inch Retina display that boasts 48 percent more color than the previous generation and more than four million pixels. It also uses Apple's T2 security chip, and Apple says the device's side-mounted speakers are "25% louder" than those of the prior model. The top-end model, with 16GB of RAM and 1.5TB of storage, will cost $2,599.

On this latest MacBook Air, you'll find two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports that both support charging, up to 5K display out and 40Gbps file transfers. The new model is 17% smaller than the previous Air, and 10% thinner at just 15.6mm. New Macs include a MacBook Air laptop with a better screen. Even by today's standards, the MacBook Air remains to be one of the thinnest, lightest and most stylish laptops in the market.

The price starts at $1199.00 which isn't the $999 the previous generation eventually dropped down to, but also isn't as high as the original started at.

The new iPad Pro will use facial-recognition technology to unlock the device and authorize app and Apple Pay purchases. Apple also claims "all-day battery life" with up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playback or 12 hours of web browsing. There's an "HD" front-facing camera above the display. We can hardly blame Apple for sticking with the knife's edge design of the original MacBook Air.

Lastly, the new MacBook Air is constructed from 100-percent recycled aluminium. Apple also introduces Touch ID on the MacBook Air, as the biometric sensor finally permeates the company's product lineup easily. Like we saw with iPhone and the price tag creeping up to the $1k point, if you want Apple's latest then you need to open your wallet wider. The screen's glass covering also stretches from edge-to-edge, meaning there's no bezel to worry about either. But oh boy, has it been due a refresh, something Apple fans have been crying out for, thanks to the Air's neat design and intuitive keyboard and trackpad.

The "ultimate iPad" has 25% less volume, nearly 4 million pixels and comes in 11 inches and 12.9 inches. The trackpad is now Force Touch, with 20% more surface area. Other configurations are available, as always, but this is what Apple is slating as its entry-level MacBook Air. "Unlike any notebook that's come before or since, MacBook Air has become the most beloved notebook ever".

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