Apple revitalizes MacBook Air with Retina screen and fresh internals

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On Tuesday in Brooklyn, New York, the technology giant debuted a new MacBook Air with a sharper screen and redesigned the Mac mini desktop with a focus on professional users.

This means the design of the Air has changed a fair bit so it now looks like something between a MacBook Pro and the 12in MacBook.

Apple's new MacBook Air 2 features a 13.3-inch Retina Display with minimal bezels surrounding the corners.

Apple has doubled the memory of the previous Macbook Air to 16GB on this new machine and equipped it with two Thunderbolt ports that can be used to attach things like external displays, hard drives or GPUs.

The 13.3-inch screen crams 4 million pixels onto the screen and Apple says the borders around the edge of the screen are "50% narrower" than before.

There's also Touch ID (thanks to Apple's T2 security chip which also enables "hey Siri"), while the 3.5mm headphone jack remains. Aluminium gives strength and durability to the new Mackbook Air, which is made from 100% recycled aluminium.

Weighing in at 2.75 lbs., the new notebook is 17% smaller and 10% thinner than its predecessor.

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The original MacBook Air was lauded as the most affordable Mac you could possibly buy, with models starting at $999 (about £770, AU$1,410) in later versions following its 2008 launch. Pre-orders begin today and first deliveries are slated for November 7.

The MacBook Air features a brand new keyboard with improved responsiveness.

As for tech specs, you get 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports, 8th generation dual-core CPU with the latest Intel graphics. Apple will offer PCIe SSDs ranging from 128 GB all the way up to a whopping 1.5 TB in the Air.

Inside, you get Apple's T2 security chip and an SSD controller, giving you more security and on-the-fly data encryption than any rival laptop.

And yes, these include Apple's new third-generation butterfly keyboard design that everyone hates on the new MacBook Pro devices, and that will likely continue on this year's MacBook Air.

The MacBook Air starts from RM5,249 for the Core i5, 128GB, 8GB RAM base model.

All told, it's a better design in terms of portability, but it doesn't leave much room for power similar to that of what the MacBook Air held against contemporaries of the time.

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