MacBook Air Finally Gets an Upgrade

MacBook Air Finally Gets an Upgrade

Seven years after its initial release the MacBook Air finally gets an overhaul.  Apple announced a brand new MacBook Air that would be lighter than the original, the original had set some pretty high standards when it was released.  While maintaining the same overall design there are some notable updates.  While at a hardware in Brooklyn today Tim Cook announced the new laptop to a sea of fans.  You can see the announcement here.

Too Little, Too Late?

Seven years is a long time to go without any redesign or upgrades especially in the competitive laptop space.  There are already plenty of slim and powerful laptops on the market as well as convertible machines that give you both the tablet and laptop experience.  Let’s see what it has to offer.

The Specs

As was said the new MacBook Air has the same overall design but now you have a 13.3 inch retina display that is supposed to be four times more powerful than its predecessor which could be pretty sweet.  It has smaller bezels and the laptop managed to be 17% thinner than the old MacBook.  It only weighs  just under 3 pounds, anyone can carry it around.  To further sweeten the deal and encourage sales the company has made the new MacBook from 100% recycled aluminum.

 

The new laptop comes with TouchID so you can unlock with your fingerprint and you can use the same authentication for Apple Pay and a bunch of other apps.  The sensor is on the keyboard and the new MacBook is armed with Apple’s new T2 security chip.  It will keep your storage encrypted and ensure that you have a secure boot.  This means you don’t need to use your cheap windows VPS for security anymore. While this may be new to Mac this tech in one form or another has been built into Windows laptops for years.

The Price Tag

Nothing manufactured by Apple ever comes cheaply and the new MacBook Air is no exception.  While the original was priced at $999 the new one starts off at a higher $1199.  You only get a 128GB hard drive so that’s not much of a bargain.  You’re probably still going to have to add external memory to that price tag.

The Verdict

Yes it is sleek and pretty to look at and the display is amazing.  However nothing else is exactly revolutionary and you can find it all on a Windows laptop with a much better price tag.  If you absolutely must have Apple then it’s a good deal.