APPLE has launched a brand new MacBook Air, updating its popular laptop computer for the first time since June 2017.
The new model comes with a vivid 13.3-inch Retina display, Touch ID, and up to 16GB of RAM, while its use of 100% recycled aluminium makes it the 'greenest Mac ever.'
Compared to the iPad Pro and Mac Mini launched at the same Brooklyn event, the MacBook Air hasn't been revolutionised with its latest version, but it has still been improved enough to justify serious consideration when it goes on sale on November 7.
The biggest improvement is its screen, which now has a detailed Retina display that had previously been the preserve of the more expensive MacBook Pro (and iPhones).
Its resolution has been increased as well, with the 4 million pixels it's able to produce easily outnumbering the 1.3 million pixels displayed by the 2017 MacBook Air.
Similarly, its 2133MHz processor is noticeably bigger than the 1800MHz processor of the previous MacBook Air, while its 8GB of RAM can be beefed up to 16GB to make completing tasks on and offline even faster.
Another new addition is the inclusion of Touch ID, the fingerprint-scanning feature that can now be used to unlock the new MacBook Air.
Given that we already have far too many passwords to remember nowadays, this nice little touch could end up being a very convenient timesaver.
Users may also appreciate the inclusion of the T2 Security Chip, which features a "Secure Enclave" that protects their fingerprint data from external access.
The T2 also securely encrypts all the files and data stored on the MacBook's 128GB SSD hard drive, which can be upgraded to house a massive 1.5TB of storage space.
Beyond these more significant features, the new MacBook Air sports a number of subtle yet welcome additions.
The case of the Mac is made out of 100% recycled aluminium, which Apple claimed reduces the device's carbon footprint by almost 50% and makes it "the greenest Mac ever."
The MacBook is also 10% thinner than the 2017 MacBook Air, is 17% smaller overall, and is about 9% lighter (at around 1.2kgs).
This makes it more portable, while the advertised 12 hours of battery life should help users take it on their travels without having to worry too much about finding the nearest plug.
The new MacBook Air may not have reinvented the wheel, then, but it offers genuine improvements compared to last year's model.
It's available for preorder now for £1,199 (or £1,399 for a version that comes with 256GB of internal storage), and while this certainly isn't cheap, it's arguably a fair price for a MacBook Air that's now much more than just a 'student's computer.'
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