New Apple MacBook Air: Unibody Is 100% Recycled Aluminum and More Expensive?

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The new Apple Mac Mini was announced Tuesday October 30, 2018 at an Apple Event in Brooklyn, New York. Older MacBooks started at $999, but the new MacBook Air with improved features is out of reach of a greater number of customers, starting at $1,199.

The new MacBook Air 8GB memory, 1.6GHz processor and 128GB SSD storage starts at $1,199.

The new MacBook Air 8GB memory, 1.6GHz processor and 256GB SSD storage starts at $1,399.

The aluminum bezel is gone, the display glass goes all the way to the border, which is 50% narrower, and creates a 13.3-inch display.

Supported scaled resolutions:

1680 by 1050
1440 by 900
1024 by 640
16:10 aspect ratio

Video Support
Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colors and:

One external display with 5120-by-2880 resolution at up to 60Hz

Up to two external displays with 4096-by-2304 resolution at up to 60Hz

Thunderbolt 3 digital video output

Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C. There is only one USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps), which was kind of downplayed.

VGA, HDMI, and Thunderbolt 2 output using adapters (sold separately)

RAM is expandable to 16GB (for an extra $200).
8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory, configurable to 16GB of memory

8th-gen 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 4MB L3 cache

Faster SSDs, up to 1.5TB (for an extra $1,000). 512GB SSD storage is only an extra $200.

FaceTime HD camera

Two Thunderbolt 3 ports

USB (missed it developing …)

Apple T2 Security Chip

Hey Siri

Touch ID with a larger Force Touch trackpad and a 3rd-gen keyboard

Stereo speakers that are louder and have more bass

Three microphones

The unibody enclosure is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum, and is 10 percent thinner, reduced from 17.3 mm to 15.6 mm. The unibody enclosure comes in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray.

A new Force Touch Trackpad with 20% more surface area. Pressure sensing capabilities and haptic feedback. Described as “quieter and more capable.”

Orders start today and the MacBook Air will be available November 7, 2018.



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