Retina MacBook Air may be Apple’s most handsome laptop ever

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The border is 50% more narrow. The T2 also controls the machine's SSD storage, enabling fast data encryption for everything stored on the drive, and a secure boot process.

The keyboard is the all new, redesigned, 3rd generation keyboard with Butterfly mechanism.

That said, the MacBook Air internals are dated in some areas and (relatively speaking) lower-power than before in others, from the processor in use to the memory type on offer. However, there are also a few upgrades MacBook Air 2015 users will have to begrudgingly accept with this new model, including the Force Touch Trackpad and higher starting price. This doesn't make you a Jedi, but uses haptic feedback to provide tactile interactions with what you're clicking on. Apple also launched new iPads on Tuesday, showing the company continues to spread its bets with gadgets beyond the key iPhone line.

TechCrunch folks got the opportunity to go hands-on with the new MacBook Air right after they keynote event, and have shared their initial thoughts on Apple's latest notebook. Macs are apparently the number one in customer satisfaction, and that's from the 100 million active install base. It is made from 100% recycled tin and 35% recycled plastic, in addition to a custom Apple-designed alloy that employs 100% recycled aluminum. It will then ship from 7 November, with gold, space grey, and silver colour options.

Who is the target audience for the MacBook Air?

With screen technology now upgraded, the popularity of the MacBook Air may get another boost, and might even hit the sale of the MacBook Pro laptops.

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That Touch ID sensor with T2 security chip, built into the new butterfly mechanism keyboard, seems very well executed, and for such a take-anywhere system, makes ideal sense.

At first glance, the new MacBook Air doesn't look wholly different from its previous iteration.

The previous MacBook Air model is still available at $999.

This morning Tim Cook took the stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House to announce a brand new revision of the MacBook Air. A FaceTime HD web cam sits in its proper place above the display for pleasant video-chatting experiences. That's the new Air (top) with my 13-inch MacBook Pro (bottom). The device comes in a similar form factor to what we have seen in the previous generation of the MacBook Air.

In terms of dimensions and weight, the new MacBook Air has 17-percent less volume than the last MacBook Air, measuring in at 15.6mm thick, which is 10-percent thinner than the last system.

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