Retina, TouchID and reduced dimensions, the MacBook Air gets a makeover

Retina, TouchID and reduced dimensions, the MacBook Air gets a makeover

Let’s start with the MacBook Air. While it had already caused a tidal wave during its first edition by giving a new interpretation of the ultraportable computer, it redraws its curves in 2018 to be even more nomadic. It is 17% smaller and 10% thinner than the current MacBook Air. Its weight has also been reduced. We go from 1.35 kg to 1.25 kg.

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Image 1: Retina, TouchID and reduced dimensions, the MacBook Air gets a makeoverTo achieve this physical reduction, Apple has, among other things, reduced the edges of the frame surrounding the screen, which also gains 0.2 inches diagonally. The IPS panel is now Retina, which gives it a definition of 2560 x 1600 pixels.

TouchID is also making an appearance. Apple’s biometric system is housed in the Power button on the computer. In addition, all of the keyboard keys have been redesigned to provide a more precise touch and more response. The touch surface of the Force Touch trackpad has also undergone some transformations including its size which gains 20% more space than on previous MacBook Air.

Image 2: Retina, TouchID and reduced dimensions, the MacBook Air gets a makeoverConnectivity follows the progress of the rest of the range, namely that USB-C is in the spotlight. Already light on this model, it is now reduced to two USB-C ports and a mini-jack output.

The audio part is also inspired by other MacBooks. It has its speakers on either side of the keyboard. These are 25% more powerful and offer twice as low bass as before.

Basically, the new MacBook Air is configured with an 8th generation Core i5, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD. Its price: € 1,349.

Image 3: Retina, TouchID and reduced dimensions, the MacBook Air gets a makeoverThe Mac mini is making a comeback. Like all Apple products presented today, it is designed with 100% recycled aluminum. Apple does not change its design. It remains square with rather reduced dimensions.

It adopts the latest generation of Intel processors. Its configurations start with a Core i3. Apple has focused on the capabilities of these processors more powerful by 60% in graphics than those that equipped the previous version of the Mac mini. Overall, the new model is 5 times more efficient than the old one.

If we can add up to 64 GB of RAM and 2 TB in SSD, it comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage in its entry-level configuration, charged € 899.

The new Macs are available for pre-order today and will be delivered on November 7.

Image 4: Retina, TouchID and reduced dimensions, the MacBook Air gets a makeover