New MacBook Air gets resolution of 2560×1600 pixels

Oct

30

2018

New MacBook Air gets resolution of 2560×1600 pixels and fingerprint scanner
Apple announces a new version of its MacBook Air. The 1440×900-pixel tn panel of the old model is replaced by a new screen with a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. The laptop also gets a new design.

Just like its predecessor, the new MacBook Air has a 13.3 “screen, the screen edges are thinner and the panel has a layer of glass that runs down to the edges, and Apple now uses an ips panel that can handle 48 percent more colors. than the tn panel in the previous version of the Air.

Apple has also adjusted the design. There are now stereo speakers on the sides of the keyboard. The housing is smaller, the volume has shrunk by 17 percent compared to the previous model. According to Apple, the new MacBoo Air weighs 1.25kg and is 15.6mm thick.

The keyboard is a so-called butterfly copy, just like in other recent laptops from Apple. The Air gets a larger touch pad than its predecessor with support for Force Touch. The surface is 20 percent larger than with the previous model.

There are three microphones in the MacBook Air, which are used for Siri and FaceTime. Apple also adds a Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the laptop, which has been processed in the keyboard. Furthermore, the T2 security chip is on board, which is used for the fingerprint scanner and encryption of the SSD.

Apple gives the MacBook Air two thunderbolt 3 connectors with usb-c connector. These are suitable for charging the laptop and for connecting equipment, including screens, external graphics cards and storage.

Apple also renews the hardware on the inside. The Macbook Air has a dual-core processor of the eighth generation and a maximum of 16GB of memory. Storage is in the form of SSDs up to 1.5TB. According to Apple, the SSD in the new model is 60 percent faster than in the previous version.

Since 2010, the Macbook Air has not received major changes. In that year, Apple adapted the design and made the 13.3 “screen with a resolution of 1440×900 pixels in. In recent years Apple released new versions with for example other processors, but the casing and the screen remained unchanged. For example, Apple did not abandon the tn panel for the entry-level model.

At the time of writing, the prices of the new MacBook Air in the Benelux are not yet known. The Air gets a starting price of $ 1199 in the United States. For that money, buyers get 8GB of RAM, a Core i5 dual-core processor and a 128GB SSD.

Update 16:21: Apple has added the new MacBook Air to its Dutch website . The starting price is 1349 euros for the model with Core i5 dualcore, 8GB ram and a 128GB SSD. A version with the same specs but a 256GB SSD costs 1599 euros.

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