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Apple finally launches a new MacBook Air with Retina display

Apple finally launches a new MacBook Air with Retina display

Apple claims that the new MacBook Air will offer up to 13 hours of battery life despite weighing just 2.75 pounds.

Right after its global debut at Apple's special event in Brooklyn, consumers in Malaysia are now able to pre-order the new MacBook Air with Retina Display through Apple Malaysia's official website.

Apple has revised the MacBook Air with a 13.3-inch Retina display "and a whole lot more". There is also an Apple T2 security chip under the hood, which keeps data secured and encrypted.

It comes with up to 1.4 terabytes of storage and up to 16GB of Ram.

The 13-inch machine will cost $1,199 in the US. Those who were blindly hoping Apple would include a mix of USB-A and USB-C in the new Air, will be disappointed to learn that isn't the case.

Professional users will also have to decide if they want to go for the MacBook Air or the MacBook Pro laptop, updated in 2018 with 8th-generation Intel processors and improved RAM, storage, and battery.

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All-in-all, the new MacBook Air looks pretty damn slick and will likely win the approval of a good deal of fans. In Canada, the MacBook Air starts at $1,499. FaceTime now adds support for group calling, and the Mac App Store gets a full redesign featuring rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.

What is the MacBook Air?

The company also says it now uses custom alloy from excess aluminium, ensuring the laptop is built with 100-percent recycled aluminium, instead of high-grade aluminium in previous generations - which helps reduce the carbon footprint be almost 50 percent. Other configurations are available, as always, but this is what Apple is slating as its entry-level MacBook Air. The Retina display also has better color, and the screen stretches closer to the edges of the device.

What's more, the computer is a bit of win for Apple's green credentials - the company says each one is made from 100% recycled aluminium. The laptop also still includes a headphone jack, unlike the new 2018 iPad Pro. The new MacBook Air's trackpad is 20% larger than its predecessor, and it also features Force Touch. The screen on the new MacBook Air has four times resolution with four million pixels to offer more detail and 48 per cent more colour reproduction. The device comes in a similar form factor to what we have seen in the previous generation of the MacBook Air. We'll update the guide periodically as new information about the notebook is available.


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