In recent days Apple unexpectedly updates its MacBook Air for 2019. Still featured with 1.6GHz dual-core 8th-generation processor and Intel UHD Graphics 617, the new model starts at $1099, while the cheapest 2018 model was /$1,199. Meanwhile, Apple has removed the older $949 MacBook Air from the line up. Prior to the 2018 model, the old MacBook Air has been using processors that dated back to 2015.
So, what updates and changes Apple brings to the MacBook Air 2019 ?
Here is how Apple introduces it: “Available in silver, space gray, and gold, the new thinner and lighter MacBook Air features a brilliant Retina display with True Tone technology, Touch ID, the latest-generation keyboard, and a Force Touch trackpad.”
Firstly, MacBook Air 2019 adds True Tone to the Retina display that arrived on the 2018 model. The Retina display has a resolution of 2560-by-1600 for over 4 million pixels, and the True Tone technology will “adjust the white point of the display to match the color temperature of your environment”. Compared with the model prior to 2018, the new one makes the display glass borders 50 % thinner than before.
Secondly, the Touch ID is built into MacBook Air 2019, and that could bring much convenience and enhance security. New MacBook Air users can play their fingers on the Touch ID sensor to unlock their Macs and to quickly access locked documents and system settings without having to enter password again and again. In addition, the 2019 model features Apple’s T2 Security Chip (the second generation of custom Mac silicon), which helps encrypt all your data stored on the SSD automatically and allows you to use Hey Siri commands to open apps, locate documents, play music. etc.
However, MacBook Air 2019 still uses the butterfly mechanism keyboard. Apple claims it could provide four times more key stability than a traditional scissor mechanism, along with greater comfort and responsiveness. Do you like this design?
Here are the specifications of MacBook Air 2019:
- 1.6GHz dual-core 8th-generation processor (Turbo Boost 3.6GHz)
- Intel UHD Graphics 617
- 8GB RAM
- Touch ID
- Force Touch trackpad
- Two Thunderbolt ports
The only optional specification of the new 13-inch MacBook Air is the SSD (Solid State Drive): you can choose the mode with 128GB or 256GB. The MBA 2019 with 1.6GHz dual-core, 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor and 256GB costs $1,299 (the price difference is $200). Besides, Apple has lowered the price of its SSD options if you want to book a new MacBook Air with build-to-order options. If you want to upgrade from the 256GB model, to 1TB, you will only need to pay $400 more.
Would you consider to buy MacBook Air 2019? Which model do you think is more suitable for you? And what are the necessary software will you install on a new Mac? You are welcome to share your thoughts or raise questions about any Mac apps to us.