PRESS RELEASE 31 October 2018

All-new MacBook Air
takes flight

The new MacBook Air.
The all-new MacBook Air features a 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID, the latest processors, an even more portable design and an all-day battery life.
New York — Apple today introduced an all-new MacBook Air, bringing a stunning 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID, the latest processors and an even more portable design to the world’s most loved notebook. Delivering the all-day battery life it’s known for, the new MacBook Air is available in three gorgeous finishes — gold, silver and space grey. The most affordable Mac with a Retina display also includes an Apple-designed keyboard, a spacious Force Touch trackpad, faster SSD storage, wide stereo sound, the Apple T2 Security Chip and Thunderbolt 3, making the new MacBook Air the perfect notebook to take with you everywhere you go. 
“The first MacBook Air revolutionised Mac with its thin wedge-shaped aluminium design. It forever changed the entire industry for portable computers and became the world’s most loved notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Redesigning MacBook Air started with a stunning Retina display and all-day battery life, and then we added Touch ID and the Apple T2 Security Chip, the latest processors, incredible sound, the third-generation keyboard and Force Touch trackpad, high-speed Thunderbolt 3 ports and of course macOS Mojave, in a beautiful, thinner, lighter, all-aluminium design that a whole new generation of MacBook Air customers are going to love.”
Three MacBook Air finishes in gold, silver and space grey.
MacBook Air comes in three new stunning colours — gold, silver and space grey.

Retina display comes to MacBook Air 

The new MacBook Air features a stunning 13.3-inch Retina display with over 4 million pixels of resolution so text and images in macOS Mojave look sharp and stunning. And with 48 per cent more colour than the previous generation, images are more lifelike than ever.1 The new MacBook Air also includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera, which is perfect for Group FaceTime calls with friends and family members, as well as a three microphone array for better sound quality when making calls and improved voice recognition in Siri.
The all-new MacBook Air features a Retina display with over 4 million pixels.
The all-new MacBook Air features a Retina display with over 4 million pixels of resolution and 48 per cent more colour for sharp, detailed text and images.

Featuring Touch ID and the Apple T2 Security Chip 

MacBook Air now includes Touch ID — a fingerprint sensor built into the keyboard — which allows you to conveniently and instantly unlock your MacBook Air; authenticate your identity; and make fast, simple 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. Its Secure Enclave protects Touch ID information and ensures that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with. The T2 Security Chip also features an SSD controller with on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD. These allow MacBook Air to offer the most secure boot process and storage of any notebook. The T2 Security Chip features an always-on processor that enables Hey Siri, letting you use just your voice to ask Siri for things like finding files or opening an app.
MacBook Air with Apple Pay window on screen.
MacBook Air now features Touch ID, allowing you to instantly unlock your notebook; authenticate your identity; and make fast, simple and secure purchases using Apple Pay.

Latest-generation keyboard and industry’s best trackpad 

MacBook Air features a third-generation Apple-designed keyboard for more precise and responsive typing. Each key is individually backlit using low-power LEDs for more accurate illumination. The new MacBook Air also includes the industry-best Force Touch trackpad, which delivers pressure-sensing capabilities and haptic feedback. It’s also 20 per cent larger than the trackpad on the previous-generation MacBook Air, offering a quieter and more capable trackpad experience. 

Fuller, more immersive audio experience

With more advanced speakers and audio processing technology, MacBook Air delivers a higher-quality audio experience and wide stereo playback that makes watching movies and listening to music more immersive than ever. The speakers are 25 per cent louder with twice as much bass as the previous generation, for more dynamic range and fuller sound.1

Performance to power your daily activities

The new MacBook Air features an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Intel UHD graphics and faster 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB, delivering the performance you need for everyday activities like organising your photos, browsing the web, creating presentations, or viewing and editing videos. MacBook Air also features up to 1.5TB of SSD storage that’s up to 60 per cent faster than the previous generation, which makes launching apps and opening files feel snappier and more responsive.1
The new MacBook Air.
With faster memory and the latest processors and graphics, MacBook Air delivers the performance you need for organising your photos, browsing the web and creating presentations.

Thunderbolt 3, the most versatile port ever

MacBook Air now comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, so you can 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. It’s the most versatile port ever. The ecosystem has over 700 Thunderbolt 3 devices and counting, along with thousands of USB-C devices, so MacBook Air allows you to take advantage of a whole new generation of accessories. 
Side view of Thunderbolt 3 ports on MacBook Air.
Thunderbolt 3 on the new MacBook Air lets you charge your notebook, quickly transfer data and connect to a whole host of devices, all from the same port.

All-new, more portable design for the greenest Mac ever

The new MacBook Air packs all of these features in a new, distinctive wedge-shaped design that’s now even more compact and portable. And it delivers up to 12 hours of battery life during wireless web use and up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playback.2 With a significantly smaller footprint, the new MacBook Air takes up 17 per cent less volume and is 10 per cent thinner, measuring just 1.56 centimetres at its thickest point. And at just 1.25 kilograms it’s a 100 grams lighter than the previous generation.
Side and back view of MacBook Air.
MacBook Air is now more portable than ever and features a 100 per cent recycled aluminium enclosure.
In addition, the new MacBook Air enclosure is made from a custom-engineered, Apple-designed aluminium alloy that enables the use of 100 per cent recycled aluminium for the first time — with the same strength, durability and beautiful finish as the aluminium in other Apple products.3 Using this custom-engineered aluminium alloy helps reduce the carbon footprint of MacBook Air by nearly 50 per cent, making it the greenest Mac ever.4

Radeon Pro Vega graphics coming to MacBook Pro next month

Apple also announced new MacBook Pro graphics options that will bring powerful Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro for the first time. These new graphics options deliver up to 60 per cent faster graphics performance for the most demanding video editing, 3D design and rendering workloads.1

macOS Mojave

All new Mac models come with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on your content. The new Stacks feature organises messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups. Familiar iOS apps — including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home — are now available on Mac for the first time. FaceTime now adds support for group calling, and the Mac App Store gets a full redesign — featuring rich editorial content, and apps from top developers like Microsoft and Adobe.
MacBook Air showing MacOS Mojave Dark Mode.
MacBook Air includes macOS Mojave, featuring Dark Mode, Stacks, new apps and a redesigned Mac App Store.
Pricing and availability
Starting at a recommended retail price of A$1849 inc. GST, the new MacBook Air is available to order today on apple.com/au. It will be available at Apple Store locations and through Apple Authorised Resellers starting on Wednesday, 7 November. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/au/mac
The new graphics configuration option for MacBook Pro will be available to order on apple.com/au, at Apple Store locations and through Apple Authorised Resellers starting on Wednesday, 14 November.

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Images of MacBook Air

    1 Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5–based MacBook Air systems with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD.
    2 Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5–based MacBook Air systems with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The wireless web test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 12 clicks from the bottom or 75 per cent. The iTunes movie playback test measures battery life by playing back HD 1080p content with display brightness set to 12 clicks from the bottom or 75 per cent. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See www.apple.com/au/batteries for more information.
    3 Recycled material claim applies to the enclosure and is based on auditing done by UL LLC.
    4 Based on a product greenhouse gas Life Cycle Assessment. See our Product Environmental Reports for more information.

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