Apple has brought the MacBook Air back to life today, announcing the first proper refresh of its super thin laptop line in three years during its October hardware event.
The MacBook Air, which last year saw a minor graphics and CPU upgrade, has languished since Apple introduced the 12-inch MacBook in 2015. And yet Apple, without a proper budget option, has kept the Air around. As Apple’s only laptop at the $1,000 price point, the Air suffers from a lower-resolution, non-Retina display, and subpar performance.
The new MacBook Air, however, is a proper replacement, in line with rumors first reported by Bloomberg in August.
It has a Retina display, 50 percent thinner bezels in a design similar to the standard MacBook, and upgraded components. It has a 13.3-inch screen that stretches to the edge of the enclosure, two USB-C ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
It also comes with Touch ID for secure login, powered by the same T2 chip in the last year’s MacBook Pro and iMac Pro models.