Apple on Tuesday brought the MacBook Air back to life, announcing the first proper refresh of its super thin laptop line in three years during its October hardware event.
One year after the MacBook Air saw a minor graphics and CPU upgrade, Apple, has brought a proper replacement for its only laptop around the $1,000 price point.
The new MacBook Air has a Retina display, 50 percent thinner bezels in a design similar to the standard MacBook, and upgraded components.
It has a 13.3-inch screen that stretches to the edge of the enclosure, two USB-C ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The device, made of 100 percent recycled aluminum, weighs just 2.75 pounds, which is lighter than the previous MacBook Air model that came in at 2.96 pounds.
In advanced features, the new MacBook Air comes with Touch ID for secure login, powered by the same T2 chip in last year’s MacBook Pro and iMac Pro models.
The device is essentially a modern MacBook Pro in the standard Air design as it has the same third-generation laptop keyboard with the butterfly mechanism, meaning it’s been fine-tuned to fix some of the big issues that plagued the initial and follow-up runs of MacBook Pros over the last two years.
The machine ships with 8th Gen Intel dual-core CPU with integrated graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a 1.5TB SSD.
Users can also go with one of two USB-C / Thunderbolt to power an external 5K display or hook up an eGPU external graphics enclosure.
The base model — containing 8GB RAM, a 1.6GHz Core i5, and a 128GB SSD — is already on sale…for $1,199.