MacBook Air Overview Updated November 13, 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 Yesterday

Hooray! Apple has a new MacBook Pro with what we all surely hope will turn out to be an actually reliable keyboard! If you’ve been using a MacBook computer introduced in the last four or five years, this is really great news.

We’ll have to test the new keyboard out for ourselves before we reach a final verdict, but the key change here is higher travel and the return to scissor switch keys versus problematic butterfly key switches.

So does that mean it’s safe finally safe to buy an Apple laptop again without concern about durability? It’s complicated, but in short, I wouldn’t recommend my family spend $1000 and up on a new MacBook just yet.

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MacBook Air Stories October 2

Microsoft has unveiled its latest laptops and convertible 2-in-1 devices at an event today in New York City. While announcing the new Surface Laptop 3, the company claimed that it is 3x more powerful than Apple’s MacBook Air and has a user-removable SSD. Also unveiled at the event was the Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro X, an AirPods competitor. But Microsoft also had a surprise up its sleeve, it unveiled an all-new foldable tablet and foldable smartphone that it plans to launch in 2020.

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MacBook Air Stories August 1

In new Microsoft ad, ‘Mac’ Book tells you to buy a Surface

Microsoft is starting a new ad campaign comparing Apple’s MacBook Air line to the Microsoft Surface laptops. The conceit of the ad centers on a person named “Mac” Book.

MacBook Air Stories July 25

Reliable supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities has published a new report focused squarely on Apple keyboards. Kuo lays out an updated timeline for when he believes Apple will begin using more reliable keyboards in MacBooks.

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MacBook Air Stories July 15

The Retina MacBook Air was refreshed last week with a new price and the addition of a True Tone display. The refresh was minor, with the same CPUs as 2018, but a $100 cheaper price point: the 2019 MacBook Air starts at $1099 from Apple, with $999 student pricing.

It turns out that one downside to this latest revision is that the laptop actually features slower solid state storage than the 2018 model.

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MacBook Air Stories July 10

After launching updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks yesterday, Apple also pared down its lineup by discontinuing the 12-inch MacBook and previous-generation MacBook Air. Whether you’re looking to pick up a new Mac for school, work, or general use, read on for a detailed look at how the new MacBook lineup compares.

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