MacBook Air Overview Updated July 15, 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 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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MacBook Air Stories July 9

Following a refresh for the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models today, Apple has informed repair staff that the two new MacBook models are eligible for its Keyboard Service program offering free repairs on keyboards in certain MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models. The two new models added today include the MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019) and the MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports), according to a memo to staff obtained by 9to5Mac.

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Along with updating its Retina MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks today, Apple has discontinued its 12-inch MacBook and previous-generation MacBook Air. The refreshed lineup now consists of the Retina 13-inch MacBook Air and 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

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Apple today updated the MacBook Air with True Tone adaptive screen technology a lower price point. The Air now starts at $1099 (with $999 student pricing) down $100 from its $1199 retail price when it launched late last year.

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MacBook Air Stories July 4

Apple is apparently set to ditch the butterfly mechanism used in MacBooks since 2015, which has been the root of reliability issues and its low-travel design has also not been popular with many Mac users.

In a report published today, Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will roll out a new keyboard design based on scissor switches, offering durability and longer key travel, starting with the 2019 MacBook Air. The MacBook Pro is also getting the new scissor switch keyboard, but not until 2020.

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