There's a new Macbook Air coming to the market, and while Apple hasn't changed anything major in its most popular laptop, it's promising big upgrades on the last generation of Macbook Airs. Here's what you need to know if you want to get your hands on a new Macbook in Australia.
The new Macbook Air is a big step up, bringing some of Apple's biggest tech innovations to the portable Air form factor. The biggest difference is that the Macbook Air now boasts a Retina display, and other notable display upgrades. The resolution has been upped from 1440x900 to 2560x1600, and has 48 per cent more colour than the previous generation, boosting image quality on the Macbook Air all around.
A number of other features have been transplanted from other Apple tech into the new Macbook Air, including TouchID for secure login, and a trackpad including Force Touch tech. The trackpad has been increased in size for easier gesturing, along with improved pressure-sensing and haptic feedback.
The new Macbook Air also comes in a number of different colours, where previous models were only available in silver. As well as the classic silver, you can also get a new Macbook Air in gold or space grey. The aluminium alloy used for the laptop's enclosure is now sourced from entirely recycled materials for the first time, leading Apple to dub it the 'greenest Mac ever'.
While the form factor is quite similar to older models, the new design shaves around 100g off the weight, a plus for anyone carrying their Macbook around everywhere.
As for changes that not everyone will appreciate, the new Macbook Air has far fewer ports than its predecessor. In fact it only has three now: two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports that can be used for charging, data and display, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. At least it still has the headphone jack, though.
The new Retina Macbook Air is a little pricier than its predecessor, with the above upgrades taken into mind. The model with a 128GB SSD will set you back $1849 in Australia, while the upgraded model with a 256GB SSD will go for $2149.
The new MacBook Air models will be available from November 7 in Australia. You can pre-order on the Apple website now, with models shipping by November 6.
Apple just announced a suite of new computers — new iPad Pros, Mac Minis, and a new Macbook Air. (We’re very excited about that last one). All of these shiny chrome devices are coming soon, hitting stores next Wednesday, November 7. Conventional wisdom dictates waiting for reviews before picking up new gear, but maybe you’ve been waiting to pick up your next tablet or laptop and want to pre-order it now.