New MacBook Air (2018) with Retina Display, TouchID and more launched

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Apple claims that the new MacBook Air will offer up to 13 hours of battery life despite weighing just 2.75 pounds.

The Cupertino, California-based company showed off the long-awaited update to the iconic MacBook Air's design during its fall hardware keynote at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York.

Now featuring a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution that amounts to 4 million total pixels, the MacBook Pro 2018 screen is four times sharper than the previous 2015 model. It has Apple's T2 security chip for enhanced security.

To handle Touch ID, "Hey Siri", and on-the-fly encryption of user data, Apple includes one of its T2 platform-management chips in the new MacBook Air.

Prices for the new MacBook Air start at £1,199 and Apple says pre-orders start today with the product shipping next week. Those who were blindly hoping Apple would include a mix of USB-A and USB-C in the new Air, will be disappointed to learn that isn't the case. It'll be available in Apple retail stores and through authorized Apple resellers from November 7.

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The overall shape, size, and weight of the new MacBook Air got a refresh too.

As is the case with almost all products Apple announces at its events, the MacBook Air is available for pre-order immediately from Apple's online store. Despite the narrower border design, the FaceTime camera was kept at the top of the display.

Despite all of these changes, the New MacBook Air takes up 17% less space than the predecessor.

Lastly, the new MacBook Air is constructed from 100-percent recycled aluminium.

So here's the New MacBook Air, a completely redesigned, reengineered, and carefully refined upgrade over the predecessor. "In addition to the Retina display, the bezel is gone, with the 13.3" display going right to the edge of the enclosure. The headphone jack, thankfully, is still on-board.

This is the first time Apple has revisited the MacBook Air since its last iteration in 2012, opting instead to push its ultraportable MacBook device.

The "ultimate iPad" has 25% less volume, nearly 4 million pixels and comes in 11 inches and 12.9 inches. The keyboard itself has been upgraded for a better and more reliable typing experience, and the new Force Touchpad below this is 20 percent larger. Like we saw with iPhone and the price tag creeping up to the $1k point, if you want Apple's latest then you need to open your wallet wider.

The MacBook Air will face competition from a number of more affordable Chromebooks, including the Samsung Chromebook Pro (which starts at $599), the Google Pixelbook (priced around $999), the Acer Chromebook 15 (around $250), and the Asus Chromebook Flip (around $400).

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