Hey Look, There's a New MacBook Air on the Way

By Tom Pritchard on at

The MacBook Air hasn't seen a refresh for a while, and while some might have worried Apple was going to discontinue the range Tim Cook has just (rather enthusiastically) announced that there's a new one on the way. Here's everything you need to know.

The main thing is that this version has a Retina Display, a first for the range, and Apple has pulled out the aluminium bezel for an all-glass display. It's coming with a 13.3-inch display, and Apple has quadrupled the pixels to over four million. Yay pixels! Sadly Apple hasn't removed the borders altogether, and there's still a big black bar around the outside - which leaves room for the webcam. Or FaceTime HD Camera as Apple calls it, because of course it is.

On top of this Apple has included two Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C ports on the left-hand side. If you looked carefully you'll also see that it has a 3.5mm headphone jack, so clearly Apple isn't *that* focused on killing analogue audio entirely. The keyboard has had an update (which hopefully isn't as bad as the last batch of MacBooks), and comes with the same larger advanced Force Trackpad that you'll see on the newer, pricier MacBook models. There's also TouchID and Apple's T2 security chip for more secure encryption and "Hey Siri functionality".

Spec-wise we're talking up to 16GB of RAM and 1.5TB of solid state storage, up to 12 hours of battery life, and the machine itself promises to be 17 per cent smaller than the last one. It's also 10 per cent thinner, if that matters to you, though that has the advantage of it only weighing 1.24kg. The components are also made from more recycled materials, which is good in our post-Blue Planet world. That change also affects the aluminium body, with each new MacBook Air being made from 100 per cent recycled metal. Apparently they needed a way to make that extra special, and that got a lot of weird cheers from the audience. It's the "greenest Mac" ever, apparently.

Sound has had an update, promising bass that is twice as deep as the last Air, and speakers that are 25 per cent louder. There's a three-mic array inside too, which is going to help you use the newly introduced always-on Siri.

The base specs starts at $1199, which converts to £1,199. Shocking, who could have predicted this. This base model comes with a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Colourwise we're talking about Silver, Space Grey, and Gold. They go on sale on November 7th, and are available to pre-order now.

That is all Apple felt the need to tell us about for the new MacBook Air, but if we will update if any new information pops up.