Ten years ago, Steve Jobs walked across the stage at Apple’s Macworld conference in San Francisco, picked up a yellow office envelope, and slid out a sleek new laptop. It was called the Macbook Air and it was, claimed Jobs, the world’s thinnest laptop.
Overnight, the Macbook Air became the benchmark for how thin and light a laptop should be, and became the device to beat for every other computer maker.
But that was ten years ago. Apple put a better battery and a faster hard drive in the Macbook Air in 2010, but since then, the laptop has largely remained unchanged — until today.
At an event in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Apple finally upgraded the Macbook Air for the first time since 2015 when it received a minor spec bump and redesigned it completely for 2018. That’s a big deal because the Macbook Air, at $999, was Apple’s most affordable laptop. Apple’s previous thinnest laptop, known simply as the Macbook, was introduced in 2015, but started at $1,299, which meant that most people on a budget simply bought the Air.
The new Macbook Air features a Retina display with 50 percent thinner bezels .The 13.3-inch screen stretches to the edge of the chassis. It comes with Touch ID for secure login and its powered by the same T2 chip in the last year’s MacBook Pro and iMac Pro models. And its available in three new colors — space gray, gold.
Orders begin today. It will be available on November 7th.