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Retina Display, Touch ID, Thunderbolt 3, 100% recycled aluminum… see what changed on MacBook Air!

Many like me bet that with the release of the MacBook (in 2015), it was just a matter of time. More precisely, when Apple could reduce the price of the MacBook until the MacBook Air leave the scene completely. Cheating finger

New MacBook Air

Yesterday, along with other releases, Apple "resurrected" the MacBook Air the one that Steve Jobs took from an envelope and changed the industry. But what exactly has changed in the new MacBook Air? What are his differences from the old model, which is still on sale? Let's unravel it all below!


The body of the MacBook Air has changed a bit. Its shape remains the same, but the old variation in thickness (from 0.3cm to 1.7cm) is now from 0.41cm to 1.56cm. It also got a little lighter, going from 1.35kg to 1.25kg.

The Multi-Touch trackpad has been replaced by a Force Touch (which, like those found on MacBooks and MacBooks Pro, uses Taptic Engine to simulate clicks with the same accuracy / response wherever you click) and has grown in size, occupying a 20% larger area.

New golden MacBook Air from above with keyboard

J the old keyboard with scissor mechanism (scissor) gave way to the new one, which uses the third generation butterfly engine (the same one that equips the MacBooks Pro). According to Apple, this new keyboard increases key stability by 4x compared to the old mechanism, giving more comfort and accuracy when typing.

Speaking of keyboard, there's a huge difference from the new MacBook Air: the arrival of Touch ID. This is Apple's first notebook with the Touch Bar's unattended print sensor for many, the Touch ID is the ultimate in the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. Just touch the button to unlock the Mac, open apps (like 1Password), shop online using Apple Pay as a payment method, and more!

It is also worth mentioning that Apple has created a new aluminum alloy which offers the same strength, durability and finish as the previous one. The differential is that it does not require aluminum extraction from the planet: it was invented to reuse aluminum shavings, which are reformulated at molecular level. The result? The first Mac made 100% recycled aluminum (6000 series)!

For the first time, Apple is also offering the new MacBook Air in three color options: space gray, silver and gold.


Retina Display of New MacBook Air

The Retina display has arrived on the MacBook Air. It now features IPS technology, which improves color reproduction and viewing angle. In addition, it went from 1440 × 900 to 2560 × 1600 pixels, leaving the sRGB standard aside and adopting Full sRGB (48% more colors than the previous generation). The brightness, however, remains the same (300 nits). In addition, the edges of the screen have been reduced by 50%.


As it has done with all of its laptops, Apple has chosen to file USB-A, Thunderbolt 2 and slot for SD cards in favor of two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connectors, which are quite versatile and allow for very complete use (obviously using and abusing adapters). The only thing Apple kept, on the other hand, was the 3.5mm audio jack for you to plug in your headset.

Thunderbolt 3 side doors of the new MacBook Air

On the wireless side, Wi-Fi remains 802.11ac (aka Wi-Fi 5) and Bluetooth goes from 4.0 to 4.2.

Processor, graphics, RAM and storage

Obviously, the leap here was big because the MacBook Air was basically stuck in time. We have a new eighth generation dual core Intel Core i5 processor (1.6GHz and Turbo boost at 3.6GHz). Comparatively, it was previously a fifth generation, Core i5 or i7. Still, we are talking about a 5W Y Amber Lake processor that is much more energy-efficient than processing itself.

Many are criticizing Apple's decision; On the other hand, MacBook Air is a domestic machine and it makes a lot more sense that this kind of thinking is applied to it after all, Apple has a professional line of notebooks just for those who want this higher performance.

Now we also have up to 16GB of 2,133MHz LPDDR3 RAM (formerly 8GB of 1,600MHz) and up to 1,5TB of SSD for storage (formerly 512GB).

Accompanying other Macs, MacBook Air now has the security chip T2. With it, your information is always protected (with real-time data encryption, everything stored on the encrypted SSD automatically). Thanks to his arrival, we also have the "And the Siri" feature available on the MacBook Air.

While the old model is equipped with an Intel HD Graphics 6000, the new one comes with the Intel UHD Graphics 617 which is compatible with external graphics processors (eGPUs). Thanks to the new component, it is possible to use the new MacBook Air with an external monitor (with resolution of 5120 × 2880 pixels at up to 60Hz) or up to two external monitors (with resolution of 4096 × 2304 pixels at up to 60Hz) in the article, you could only connect to an external monitor (up to 3840 × 2160 pixels at 60Hz resolution).

Speakers and microphones

According to Apple, it has used the latest processing and tweaking techniques to make MacBook Air sound better than ever. This way, the speakers deliver twice as much bass and 25% more volume than the previous generation. There are now three microphones before were two to capture your voice more accurately to make FaceTime calls, use the Dictation feature and talk to Siri.


The new machine has a battery that Apple says can handle up to 12 hours of wireless network browsing, 13 hours of iTunes video playback and up to 30 days of standby numbers roughly equal to the old model, which offered respectively. 12, 12 and 30 hours.

It is worth noting that Apple managed to maintain the same level of life by jumping from a 54 watt hour lithium polymer battery to a 50.3 watt hour. In addition, the charger went from a 45W MagSafe 2 to a 30W USB-C.


We have already seen that MacBook Air prices have gone up a lot in Brazil, but outside the line has also grown more expensive, from $ 1,000 to $ 1,200 in the US (a significant 20% increase). By opting for a model with 16GB of RAM and 1.5TB of SSD, the value jumps to $ 2,600!

As said above, the older model of MacBook Air (dual core Core i5, 1.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and Intel HD Graphics 6000) is still on sale. Here in Brazil it comes out for $ 7,500, or $ 2,900 less than the new MacBook Air (which sells for $ 10,400).

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With that, we get a clearer view of the new MacBook Air. Apart from the price hike, the unexpected upgrade was very interesting to the point of leaving the 12 ? MacBook shifted into the current notebook line (after all, the base price of the MacBook Cheaper air is less expensive and has very interesting technologies such as Touch ID, processors, RAM and faster graphics, etc. even if you have more storage on your MacBook).

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