Apple updates MacBook Air with retina display and fingerprint sensor

The long wait for an update to the MacBook Air is over. Apple is adding a TouchID fingerprint login, a bigger trackpad and louder audio, as well as what it says is the most requested feature from users. — Apple/dpa

Apple has finally unveiled a modernised version of its cheapest laptop, the Macbook Air. According to market researchers, the Macbook Air is Apple’s most-sold laptop, but in terms of technology it has not been updated in a while and lags behind other models.

But now Apple is adding several new features to new Macbook Air models, including a retina display, the extremely sharp screen standard which Apple said had been the number one demand from customers.

The display is 13.3 inches and features much smaller bezels, continuing the latest Apple trend. Despite the smaller edges, the FaceTime camera is still placed at the top of the screen.

The new MacBook Air also features Touch ID, which allows customers to access their laptop with a simple stroke of their finger across the keyboard. The new feature also allows users to use Apple Pay with the fingerprint sensor.

The new trackpad is larger, the new keyboard has better back-lighting. Apple has also improved the speakers for 25% louder audio on the new Macbook.

One of the Macbook Air’s highlights has always been long battery life, and this is still the case with the new model.

The new model is also 17% smaller than the previous model, making it more portable, weighing in at only 2.75 pounds (1.25kg).

Apple also underlined its intention to ensure that its product is environmentally friendly – and the company announced that the Macbook Air models are 100% from recycled aluminium, making it “the greenest Mac ever”.

The new laptop also comes in three different colours: the classic silver, black and orange.

Despite being Apple’s cheapest laptop, the new MacBook Air will still set you back just under of US$1,200 (RM4,999) when it arrives in stores in the United States from Nov 7. – dpa


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