We waited, waited and waited! Apple revealed today a completely new MacBook Air with a 13-inch screen. Unfortunately, prices are not encouraging.
MacBook Air – a breath of freshness for "old" equipment
MacBook Air has not been updated for several years. The last valuable refreshment took place in 2014. It does not change the fact that even in 2018 it was one of the most frequently chosen laptops by consumers. Despite the display with poor resolution, old components and high price, it was still the cheapest laptop in Apple's offer and what is worth emphasizing – very efficient. Probably that is why the company has not decided to remove it from its portfolio in recent years. Meanwhile, during today's conference we finally got its update . We waited for them from the first gossip at the beginning of this year.
MacBook Air 2018 – specification
The new ultrabook, because that's how it should be called this equipment – mainly brought the Retina screen with 4 million active pixels . There are no longer large frames around the display. The keyboard is clearly a combination of solutions known from the MacBook and MacBook Pro. So we have speakers on both edges with 2x better bass, which are 25% louder. In addition, we received the third generation of a keyboard with a butterfly mechanism and Touch ID fingerprint reader. It is supported by the T2 security processor and SSD controller. Interestingly, the company decided to leave the mini-jack. The MacBook Air 2018 is still a 13.3-inch laptop. It gained three microphones and two Thunderbolt ports (for comparison – four are MacBook Pro and only one in the MacBook). The device itself received an Intel processor and the eighth generation, and from 8 to 16 GB RAM and an SSD from 128 GB to 1.5 TB. For now, we do not know what capacity the battery has, but apparently you will be able to use the laptop throughout the day (up to 13 hours of watching movies). In terms of housing, the MacBook Air 2018 is 17% smaller than its predecessor and weighs 1.2 kg . Interestingly, each of these devices is made of aluminum, which is 100% recycled.
MacBook Air 2018 – prices
The basic version costs 1119 dollars. On the Polish side of Apple, we see that there is a 128 and 256 GB version available, which cost PLN 5999 and PLN 6999, respectively. Apple completely mixed up with prices. We expected that the MacBook Air would cost at least a thousand zlotys less to become a much more competitive solution. Meanwhile, for the price of 6,000 zlotys, we still receive only 128 GB of internal memory, and adding "only" 500 zlotys we already have a MacBook Pro , which is much more efficient and comparably heavy, like the MacBook Air. Considering the higher amounts, it's up to fear to discuss anything. The MacBook Air 2018 can be ordered now and picked up next week. Colors are available : silver, stellar gray and gold. Of course, the company could do what he wanted with pricing policy and it is impossible to say that the new MacBook Air will not sell. Eager will be available to him. What is certain, though, is that some of Apple's hardware novelties may feel a bit disappointed. Laptop prices are steadily going up and Apple and dare to prepare a more competitive solution in terms of price.