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30 October 2018, 10:31 | Megan Pierce
Apple launches new MacBook Air with retina display
That is all Apple felt the need to tell us about for the newMacBook Air, but if we will update if any new information pops up. It's late to the game, sure, but now that it is here and with the holiday season upon us, Apple is likely going to sell a lot of these in the coming months. The Cupertino tech giant formally introduced the redesigned and reengineered MacBook Air on Tuesday, and as expected, key features such as Retina Display and Touch ID have arrived on the device.
This new MacBook Air was shown to roll with a TouchID home button, and an Apple T2 security chip.
The highlight of the new MacBook Air is the 8th generation dual-core Intel i5 that is clocked at 1.6GHz. 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.
You get two Thunderbolt 3 ports, through which you can connect a 5K display or even an eGPU if you so wish. The device is 15.6mm in thickness and weighs about 2.75 pounds.
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Apple is finally updating the MacBook Air.
"Apple's focus has always been on providing people the tools to unleash their creativity", Tim Cook says from the stage, as a Mac logo appears behind him and the audience cheers, noting that 51 percent of Mac buyers are new to Mac.
Another big advancement: the new MacBook is made with 100% recycled aluminium.
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