Hands-On: 2018 MacBook Air with Retina Display

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Prices for the new MacBook Air start at £1,199 and Apple says pre-orders start today with the product shipping next week. The most affordable Retina-display Mac ever also includes an Apple-designed keyboard, a spacious Force Touch trackpad, faster SSDs, wide stereo sound, the Apple T2 Security Chip and Thunderbolt 3. Since then, Apple has continued to sell the MacBook Air with outdated components. But the incredible force touch trackpad is now on the MacBook Air.

After literally years of speculation, Apple has finally launched its upgrade to the MacBook Air.

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The new machine has four Thunderbolt 3 ports, alongside HDMI, Ethernet and traditional USB-A ports.

It ships with eighth-generation dual-core Core i5 processor along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, costing $1,199 in the United States, undercutting both the smaller 12in MacBook and the cheapest MacBook Pro in cost. And in keeping with the previous MacBook Air line's all-day battery life, the notebook can last for 12 hours while web surfing in-between charges and 13 hours for playing movies downloaded off iTunes. But what else does the new MacBook Air have to offer?

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Weighing in at 2.75 lbs., the new notebook is 17% smaller and 10% thinner than its predecessor.

What's more, the computer is a bit of win for Apple's green credentials - the company says each one is made from 100% recycled aluminium.

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One of the most welcome new features of the new MacBook Air is a 13.3-inch Retina display that's sharper, with better color and narrower bezels, than the more traditional, lower-resolution display on the previous MacBook Air. See everything Apple has announced today. The base model will come with 128GB internal storage and 8GB RAM. Those perforations aren't just for show, either; they house speakers that are 25% louder and deliver two-times the amount of bass than that of the previous MacBook Air, according to Apple. The T2 also features redesigned system and audio controllers. (The new Air runs from 0.16 inches to 0.61 inches, whereas the Pro is consistent 0.59 inches, fact fans.) And there's only 0.27 pounds difference in weight between the two as well. Be sure to check back in to T3 soon for the full new MacBook Air picture.