Apple Special Event: 2018 MacBook Air

The MacBook Air’s design was last updated in 2015, after that it wasn’t touched again until 2017 when it got a little spec bump just enough to make it worth buying. All Apple did was bring the MacBook Air into 2018 during the event.

MacBook Air is Apple’s thin and portable notebook that the late Steve Jobs unviled by pulling it out of a envelope. That same wedged shape has stayed but everything inside is all new. The display was finally brought in to 2018 by slimming down the bezels and changing the bezel color from white to black. With black borders the 16:10 aspect ratio, 2560×1600 native resolution, and retina display the display is just like the modern MacBook Pro.

MacBook Air: USB-C Ports

Just like the rest of the Mac line up, it is time to officially say goodbye to MagSafe, Apple’s magnetic charger in favor of two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. These two USB-C ports will replace the previous two USB-A ports, a Thunderbolt 2 port, and SD card slot that all used to be found on the MacBook Air. With the Thunderbolt 3 ports, you can plug in anything from an external drive, to a charger, to displays, or even external GPUs for high performance gaming. Although surprisingly the MacBook Air, like with the rest of the Mac series, kept the 3.5mm audio jack which is good news for those of you who still use wired headphones.

MacBook Air: from above

Now moving in further to the speakers which now have 25% more volume than previous generations according to Apple. Then the keyboard is updated to use the latest generation of Apple’s butterfly keys like that found on the new MacBook Pro. With security backed by the T2 chip, in the top left of the keyboard next to the function keys, is TouchID so you can quickly unlock your Mac or pay online using Apple Pay. This chip also brings better security for drive encryption and secure boot. Moving south of the keyboard you find the 20% larger force touch trackpad which replaces the previous multi-touch trackpad.

The performance also gets a little better. The Air is powered by an 8th generation i5 Intel processor. The base memory configuration is 8GB but it can be upgraded up to 16GB. The speed and relatively low price will make it great for students or home users. The base storage capacity is 128GB SSD which isn’t very useful because the OS will take up the majority of the space then add some apps and pictures then you will be full. I would recommend that you upgrade to a higher storage capacity like 256GB, 512GB, or 1.5TB. Choose wisely when customizing your Mac because none of these parts are user accessible and upgradeable. This time the MacBook Air will be sold in three colors including space gray, silver, and gold.

In the box is of course is the MacBook Air. With it a 30 watt USB-C power adapter and USB-C to USB-C cable for charging.

Like usual, all of Apple products pass their environmental checkbox, but this MacBook Air checks a new box. The components of this Mac is enclosed in 100% recycled aluminum frame that Apple says can reduce their carbon footprint by 47%. This follows the news from Apple that past year the whole company is running on 100% renewable energy.

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