Apple's old MacBook Air is still on sale

All-new MacBook Air takes flight

More than anything else introduced this week, the new MacBook Air highlights Apple's strategy of going all in on custom and next-generation parts, even if it pushes up the starting price.

Apple finally updated its entry-level desktop computer Mac mini - the first since 2014, unveiling the new device at an event in New York City on Tuesday (Oct 30).

The Air also now comes with Touch ID built right into the keyboard with Apple's T2 security chip with an especially secure boot process.

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. It weighs 2.7lbs - lighter than the 2.96lbs 1.35 kg of the vintage 13-inch Air. SD card is gone, much to my chagrin, but the 3.5mm headphone jack remains, and there are two USB-C / TB-3 ports on the left side. The new display also has improved colour accuracy by 48 percent compared to the previous Air. There are three thunderbolt ports in the new MacBook Air.

If you're now looking to pick up a MacBook, be sure to check out the best MacBook deals now available. But the unbelievable force touch trackpad is now on the MacBook Air. The bad news is that the new MacBook Air adopts the new butterfly key mechanism that seems to have a love/hate reputation among the Apple enthusiast community. A FaceTime HD web cam sits in its proper place above the display for pleasant video-chatting experiences.

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

Another big advancement: the new MacBook is made with 100% recycled aluminium.

Unfortunately, the MacBook Air 2018 is quite a bit more expensive at a base $1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,849), thanks to all those display and port upgrades.

The previous update to the MacBook Air, released in 2017, included 128 GB of storage in the 13-inch version and 256 GB in the 15-inch version (both configurable to 512GB SSD).

The revived Air also has a 13.3-inch display, but with higher Retina-grade density. The new MacBook Air also includes Force Touch trackpad, which delivers pressure-sensing capabilities and haptic feedback, and is 20 per cent larger than on the previous generation MacBook Ai. T2 also features an always-on processor that enables "Hey Siri", which lets you make requests to Siri with just your voice for things like finding files or opening an app.

Here's how much it will cost in Australia and when you can get your hands on it.

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