After years of not seeing an update, Apple today introduced a completely redesigned MacBook Air at their event in New York this morning. Made with a 100% recycled aluminum chassis, the new MacBook Air has a 13.3″ Retina display, is powered by the latest Intel I-Core processors, and can be configured with up to 1.5TB of storage.
The new MacBook Air has Touch ID, like the MacBook Pro, with the Apple T2 Security Chip built-in for the Security Enclave. It has a 3rd generation Butterfly Mechanism keyboard with individually backlit keys, and has a 20% larger touchpad that supports Force Touch. It is also 25% louder and has three microphone array.
Powering all of this is the 8th generation Intel I-Core processors with the base model starting with the i5 CPU. It can be configured with up to the i7 processor. By default, it will come with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage but these too are configurable at the time of purchase. It has two USB-C ports that support Thunderbolt 3 so expansion to external monitors and other peripherals is easy.
What made the MacBook Air so popular was battery life and this updated version keeps up the tradition. You have 12 hours of battery life web surfing with up to 13 hours of iTunes video playback. All of this is in a package that 15.6mm thin and weighs just 2.75 pounds.
Perhaps one of the best features of the new MacBook Air is how far Apple has gone to make this a green device. 100% of the tin used in the logic board is recycled and there is 35% post-consumer recycled plastic in the Air. But the real ground breaking green feature was the aluminum chassis itself. It is made from 100% recycled aluminum thanks to new technologies and methods that Apple has created.
The MacBook Air is available for pre-order today. The base configuration with the Intel i5-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of Storage is $1199. It is available in Space Grey, Silver, and Gold. They will be available in the Apple Store starting November 7.