Apple unveils new MacBook Air with Retina display, Touch ID, and more

2018 MacBook Air

On Tuesday, Apple introduced a new MacBook Air. The update brings a Retina display with over 4 million pixels of resolution to the product for the first time.

The new 13.3-inch device features Touch ID (without the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar), borders that are 50 percent narrower than before, a T2 chip, and next-generation backlight Butterfly keyboard. There’s also a built-in FaceTime HD camera. The new laptop offers 17 percent less volume than the previous version. It weighs just 2.75 pounds. It’s made of 100 percent recycled aluminum.

Inside, you’ll find an 8th-generation dual-core i5 CPU with 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB and SSD up to 1.5TB that are up to 60 percent faster than the previous generation. You’ll also find two Thunderbolt 3 ports, three microphones, and stereo speakers that are 25 percent louder with two times more bass than the previous generation.

The laptop’s Force Touch trackpad delivers pressure-sensing capabilities and haptic feedback, and is 20 percent larger than on the previous generation MacBook Air.

The 2018 MacBook Air is available in space gray, silver, and gold. It’s available starting today, Oct. 30 at $1199, with the first shipments going out on Nov. 7.