MacBook Air Overview Updated January 17, 2019

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Most recently refreshed in 2018, Apple’s MacBook Air ($1,199 and up) started out as a significantly slimmer, lighter, and more expensive alternative to the 13-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro.

The current model features a 13.3-inch Retina display (2560 x 1600) and is Apple’s most affordable laptop. Other features include Touch ID, 12-hour battery life, 128GB-1.5TB of flash storage and 8GB-16GB of RAM. For I/O, the new MacBook Air has two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It remains a top choice for many students and casual computer users.

Current Lineup:

  • MacBook Air (13-inch, mid 2017)
  • MacBook Air with Retina display (13-inch, late 2018)

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MacBook Air Stories January 17

Intel hasn’t yet revealed its 2019 CPU line-up, but it has disclosed the names of this year’s chips and given a few details about what we can expect from them.

We can never know for sure when Apple will adopt a new generation of Intel CPU even when it is available, but we can make some educated guesses …

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MacBook Air Stories January 11

On its own, the 2018 MacBook Air is a downright terrible gaming machine. Connected to my LG UltraWide 5K2K Display, the MacBook Air averages around 1-2 frames per second in Rocket League, and similarly abysmal scores in Unigine Heaven and Valley benchmarks. That’s no fault of the MacBook Air, as it’s a thin and light portable laptop built around maximizing battery life. In other words, it was never intended to be a gaming machine.

But if you own a MacBook Air and are looking for ways to get more out of your laptop, then an eGPU setup within a Windows Boot Camp environment can go a long way towards making that a reality. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for the step-by-step details. expand full story

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MacBook Air Stories January 8

Satechi has announced two new USB-C PD chargers at CES 2019. The 30W and 75W travel chargers feature both USB-C and USB-A for convenience to charge any device. Notably, the 75W charger offers two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports, perfect for simultaneous charging of a MacBook, iPad Pro, iPhone, and more.

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MacBook Air Stories January 7

It can only be a matter of time before Apple adds Face ID to MacBooks, but the question is: what approach should the company take?

Apple has applied two different solutions to iPhones and iPads. For iPhones, Apple opted for super-slim bezels and a notch to house the TrueDepth cameras and other sensors. For the iPad, the company instead chose to keep the bezels thick enough to house the module.

Should it adopt the iPad solution for MacBooks, or should it copy an approach seen in one of the latest Asus laptops … ?

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MacBook Air Stories December 2, 2018

Apple touts that the new 2018 MacBook Air features a 720p FaceTime HD camera, but some users are reporting that they are seeing much worse quality when using their new MacBook Air’s camera.

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MacBook Air Stories November 28, 2018

How to set up Apple Pay on MacBook Air

Along with the Retina screen, USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, and much more, the new MacBook Air also features Touch ID. Follow along for how to set up Apple Pay on MacBook Air.

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