Apple has finally introduced the brand new MacBook Air 2018 Edition with Retina Display, Eighth Generation Core i5 Processor and much more.
While Apple’s MacBook Pros got an update earlier this year, the remaining Apple’s notebook lineup has been in urgent need of an upgrade. Prior to Apple’s scheduled event at the end of October, bits of gossips have been swirling regarding which MacBook model would get invigorated next. And surprisingly after a long gap, Apple’s MacBook Air has got a stronger upgrade.
The MacBook Air, though, is by far the more popular machine and will demand the majority of the public’s attention between the two. This is the portable Mac that lots of people have been waiting for. Moreover, it has been equipped with the most recent Eighth Generation Core i5 Processor, which is definitely an added incentive.
Finally, the Retina Display is Here for MacBook Air 2018
The Retina display had been proved as the biggest desire for the MacBook Air customers, as it is the second to last product in Apple’s entire lineup, iOS or Mac, to receive a Retina update. The lowly non-Retina iMac still remains.
The Retina display in the MacBook Air packs over 4 million pixels in the machine’s 13.3-inch display. The screen features a 2560 x 1600 native resolution IPS panel that provides much-improved viewing angles over previous version Air.
The new MacBook Air display also gets a significant color upgrade. Technically, it might not have the wide color display, but the 2018 model supports nearly 50% more colors than the previous hardware.
Powered by the Eighth Generation Core i5 Processor
Prior to the upgrade, the MacBook Air was woefully stuck on Intel’s fifth-gen chip design, but with the upgrade, Apple brought the 2018 Air into the modern age with Intel’s more powerful Eighth-Generation Processor, as expected. However, rather than using the Kaby Lake Refresh design, the upgraded MacBook Air uses Intel’s Coffee Lake architecture. The Air comes with a dual-core 1.6GHz Core i5 Processor.
This year, Apple only offers one processor configuration on the MacBook Air, so you’ll only be able to choose memory and storage configurations at the time of purchase. The system can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1.5TB SSD. The Air also comes with integrated Intel UHD Graphics 617.
Though it didn’t materialize on the 2018 MacBook Air, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that Apple wants to transition from Intel processors to its own chips (already used in many iOS devices). This will likely take a few years, though the potential switch to ARM designs could give Apple full control of the Mac hardware and software design, which may allow for additional efficiency.
Keyboard, Trackpad, and Touch ID
The MacBook Air with Retina display got Apple’s third-generation butterfly switch keyboard. The new keyboard features keys that are individually backlit, which looks more uniform when typing in dimly lit settings.
The upgraded keyboard addresses some of the well-documented issues observed in previous versions, but it will still take some time to get familiar with for anyone coming directly from the previous MacBook Air.
Apple has introduced Touch ID sensor for the first time for MacBook Air, the biometric technology that lets users quickly unlock, authenticate with macOS and third-party apps, and make Apple Pay purchases. It’s the first Apple laptop to include the feature which is far better than the Touch Bar found on MacBook Pro lineup.
Another big addition to the MacBook Air is the 20% larger Force Touch trackpad. The MacBook Air was the last Apple laptop to use the diving board trackpad mechanism, so this is another essential upgrade. The Force Touch trackpad, though not as large as the trackpad found on the MacBook Pro, makes it so that you get the exact same feedback response no matter where you click on the surface – it’s the best trackpad on any laptop, hands-down.
All Important Features of MacBook Air 2018 at a Glance
- 13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS Retina display
- 2560 x 1600 native resolution (227 PPI)
- 16:10 aspect ratio
- Eighth-gen Intel Core i5 CPU
- Intel UHD Graphics 617
- Apple T2 security chip
- Up to 16GB of faster 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM
- Up to 1.5TB of SSD storage
- Integrated Touch ID Sensor
- Third-generation butterfly keyboard with individual backlit keys
- Force Touch trackpad
- Two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Three microphones
- Stereo speakers
- 720p FaceTime HD camera
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2
- 30W power adapter + USB-C charging cable
- Supports one external 5K display or two 4K displays up to 60Hz
- Colors: gold, silver, space gray
- Tapered design
- Battery life: 12 hours web, 13 hours iTunes movie playback
- Weight: 2.75 pounds
- Width: 11.97 inches
- Depth: 8.36 inches
- Thickness/Height: Between 0.16 inches (thinnest point) and 0.61 inches (thickest point)
Though it has some deficiencies, Apple fans who are migrating from the previous generation MacBook Air will be mostly happy with 2018 edition. The MacBook Air 2018 is a streamlined and powerful laptop brimming with up-to-date features.