Apple also today introduced a new MacBook Air, bringing a 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID, the latest processors and an even more portable design to the popular notebook.
Delivering the all-day battery life, the new MacBook Air is available in three finishes — gold, space gray and silver. The most affordable Retina-display Mac ever also includes an Apple-designed keyboard, a Force Touch trackpad, faster SSDs, wide stereo sound, the Apple T2 Security Chip and Thunderbolt 3.
The new MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch Retina display with over 4 million pixels of resolution and with 48 percent more color than the previous generation. The new MacBook Air also includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera, which is perfect for Group FaceTime calls, as well as a three microphone array.
MacBook Air now includes Touch ID - a fingerprint sensor built right into the keyboard — which allows you to unlock your MacBook Air, authenticate your identity, and make fast and secure purchases using Apple Pay. To support Touch ID, MacBook Air comes with the Apple T2 Security Chip, which makes your notebook far more secure. The T2’s Secure Enclave protects Touch ID information and also ensures that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with. The T2 also features an SSD controller with on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD. T2 also features an always-on processor that enables "Hey Siri," which lets you make requests to Siri with just your voice for things like finding files or opening an app.
MacBook Air also features the third-generation Apple-designed keyboard for more responsive typing. Each key is individually backlit using low-power LEDs. The new MacBook Air also includes a Force Touch trackpad, which delivers pressure-sensing capabilities and haptic feedback, and is 20 percent larger than on the previous generation MacBook Air.
With more advanced speakers and audio processing technology, MacBook Air delivers a higher quality audio experience and wide stereo playback. The speakers are 25 percent louder with two times more bass than the previous generation.
The new MacBook Air features an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, Intel UHD Graphics and faster 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB. MacBook Air also features SSDs up to 1.5TB in capacity.
MacBook Air now comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports which allow you to charge your notebook, quickly transfer data via USB and Thunderbolt, output video in three formats and connect to a whole host of devices including external storage, docks for additional ports, 4K and 5K displays, and eGPUs for faster graphics.
The device packs all of these features in a new, wedge-shaped design which is now even more compact and portable, and delivers up to 12 hours of battery life during wireless web use and up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playback. Featuring a smaller footprint, the new MacBook Air takes up 17 percent less volume, is 10 percent thinner measuring just .61 inches at its thickest point, and at just 2.75 pounds is a quarter pound lighter than the previous generation.
In addition, the new MacBook Air enclosure is made from a custom, Apple-designed aluminum alloy that enables the use of 100 percent recycled aluminum.
All new Macs come with macOS Mojave OS.
Starting at $1,199, the new MacBook Air is available to order today on apple.com. It will be available in Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers starting Wednesday, November 7.
Apple also today announced new MacBook Pro graphics options that will bring Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro -- including the AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 and Radeon Pro Vega 16 graphics. These new graphics options deliver up to 60 percent faster graphics performance for demanding video editing, 3D design and rendering workloads.
Powered by the AMD "Vega" architecture, the new graphics processors were optimized for notebooks. In addition, the processor’s razor-thin design features HBM2 memory (2nd Generation High Bandwidth Memory), which takes up less space in a notebook compared to traditional GDDR5-based graphics processors.