Apple has unveiled a new line of MacBook Air laptops, which will be 10 per cent thinner than the previous generation MacBook Air. The weight has also been reduced from 1.35 kilos to just 1.25 kilos.
The devices will come in either gold, silver or space grey (ie: grey), be made out of 100 per cent recycled aluminium and powered by Intel's eighth-generation Core processors. Buyers will have the option of either 8GB or 16GB of memory. However, storage options will go all the way up to 1.5TB - for a price.
Talking of prices, the new MacBook Airs will be priced from £1,199 - the same in pounds sterling as in dollars - for the base model. Both models come with 13-inch Retina displays.
For the first time, the new MacBook Airs will offer Touch ID built-in to the keyboard, as well as a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU of unspecified nomenclature capable of boosting to a lap-warming 3.6GHz, offering Intel's integrated UHD Graphics 617.
The only difference between the base £1,199 model and the £1,399 model is the SSD storage capacity. The base mode will offer just 128GB SSD storage at a time when SSD storage is cheaper than ever, while the £1,399 model will offer an extra 128GB in SSD storage (currently, a standard 120GB SSD cost less than £25).
The built-in Touch ID is intended to make it easier for users to use Apple Pay to purchase goods and services online. Touch ID in the MacBook is support by Apple's T2 security chip. Indeed, both the MacBook Air laptops, released at the same time, and the new Mac Mini have a T2 chip built-in.
The T2 ‘security chip' on board integrates several controllers - including the system management controller, image signal processor, audio controller and SSD controller - onto one piece of silicon. However, it also handles on-disc encryption to AES-256 standard and secure boot capabilities.
The T2 secure processor made its debut in the iMac Pro released in December 2017, and was also integrated into the summer MacBook Pro release. It's implementation, however, has not been without teething difficulties, with the finger of blame pointed at the chip for causing crashes in both new MacBook Pros and iMac Pro computers.
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