Today we’re looking at the MacBook Air released in late 2018. This version of the MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch display. This display is LED-backlit, uses IPS LCD technology, and has 2560-by-1600 native resolution. That means its rolling with 227 pixels per inch, and it has a 16:10 aspect ratio. This is the first MacBook Air to skip the silver metal bezel and head straight for the display glass covering across its entire face – with minor black bezels around its display panel.
All configurations of this late 2018 MacBook Air have an integrated Touch ID sensor under their power key. This MacBook Air is available in Silver, Space Gray, or Gold – sort of an in-between yellow and rose gold sort of deal – you’ll have to see it in the gallery here to see what I’m talking about.
Inside each MacBook Air (late 2018) you’ll find an 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz and 4MB L3 cache. Also inside is 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory, configurable to 16GB memory. Graphics are provided by Intel UHD Graphics 617, and this unit has support for Thunderbolt 3–enabled external graphics processors (eGPUs).
Also under this MacBook Air’s hood is a 50.3‑watt‑hour lithium‑polymer battery with “up to 30 days of standby time” and “up to 12 hours wireless web.” There’s a larger-than-previous-models Force Touch trackpad inside, just below a new keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) individual LED-backlit keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys. This keyboard has its own ambient light sensor so it can adjust its backlit key accordingly – unless you just keep them turned off at all times.
• Height: 0.16–0.61 inch (0.41–1.56 cm)
• Width: 11.97 inches (30.41 cm)
• Depth: 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)
• Weight: 2.75 pounds (1.25 kg)
Pricing on the MacBook Air (late 2018) is either $1199 or $1399 straight from Apple. The difference between the two is in its internal storage. The lesser of the two has 128GB PCIe-based SSD, the more expensive has 256GB PCIe-based SSD. The lesser is configurable to 256GB, 512GB, or 1.5TB SSD, if you do so wish to upgrade at a later date. You can also configure the 256GB version to instead have 512GB or 1.5TB SSD storage.
Have a peek at our full first impressions and hands-on in the main SlashGear news feed. Also stick around to see our full review of this newest MacBook Air, as well as reviews of all of Apple’s newest products for the year 2018.