Product code: 86010609
Apple have refined the design of their slim and powerful MacBook Air. Made from 100% recycled lightweight aluminium, it features a whole host of great connectivity options, with a pair of Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports. It’s thinner and lighter than ever, the perfect combination of power and portability.
How does this new model compare to previous versions?
The 2018 MacBook Air features internal and external refinements over the previous model.
- The most obvious addition is the Retina display, which offers a pin-sharp image, with a slimmed down bezel for an impressive overall impact of images and videos
- The Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C connections give you more compatibility options for accessories, with a 3.5mm headphone jack for audiophiles
- Security is boosted with the addition of Touch ID, so you can log in safely and even pay for online shopping with the touch of a button
- The reduction in bezel size and re-engineered design makes the 2018 MacBook Air 10% thinner than its predecessor.
The screen on the 2018 MacBook air has been upgraded to a Retina display, with a resolution so high that individual pixels can't be discerned with the naked eye. Packing in 48% more colours than the screen of the previous model, the bezel has been slimmed down, giving an impressive working space as well as increasing the impact of media. Even with the super-thin bezel, Apple have retained the FaceTime camera for crystal clear video calls. For FaceTime the new MacBook features three microphones rather than the dual array of the previous model, so people will be able to hear you more clearly without crowding the screen.
Thin, Light and Durable
Since Steve Jobs first pulled the original MacBook Air from a slim envelope, the MacBook Air has focused on delivering portability thorugh its slim and light design. The 2018 MacBook Air 13-inch measures just 1.56cm at its deepest point and weighs an astonishing 1.25kg, making it ideal to take with you. The amazing portability of this machine is helped by the PCIe-based SSD. It doesn’t have any moving parts, which means it’s more reliable and quiet. Lightning fast, durable, silent — qualities that make sense in a laptop tasked with keeping up with you.
Despite its size, MacBook Air packs a full-size keyboard that makes typing as natural as it is comfortable. The keys have been redesigned for greater comfort and more responsive typing, with a Butterfly mechanism replacing the traditional scissor mechanism. It’s also backlit, so you can type with ease in even the dimmest light.
A Secure Option
Apple have incorporated Touch ID into the keyboard, as well as Apple’s state of the art T2 security chip. It also makes online shopping easier by using Apple Pay at checkout - just one touch and you’re done. This chip also means you can have Apple’s virtual assistant Siri to hand whenever you need her.
8th-Generation Intel Core i5
The eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor will handle whatever you throw at it, allowing you to multi-task and work on intensive applications without experiencing any lag. Running at a base speed of 1.6GHz with a Turbo Boost speed of 3.6GHz, applications run faster and more efficiently than before. So everything you normally do on a computer you can do even quicker. Send email, write reports, create presentations, touch up photos, edit home movies and all the little (and big) tasks in between. The i5 uses the Intel UHD Graphics 617 GPU to ensure visuals are smooth whether you’re playing a game, watching a video or editing a photo.
MacBook Air 2018 features a large battery that works with the power-efficient eighth generation Intel Core processor to last all day. You can expect up to 13 hours of battery life on a single charge while watching iTunes films, or 12 hours of wireless web browsing. MacBook Air will also preserve its own battery life by entering standby mode after it’s been asleep for more than three hours, helping to conserve battery life for up to 30 days. You can even continue to receive new emails and calendar invitations while your MacBook’s asleep by enabling Power Nap.
With 802.11ac Wi-Fi you’ll be able to connect to an 802.11ac router and experience wireless performance that’s up to 3 times faster than previous generations. Bluetooth 4.2 will allow you to connect to Bluetooth enabled devices like speakers, headphones and other computers to stream and share files without wires. Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports will allow you to connect peripheral items such as mice, printers or USB storage devices, also supporting charging, DisplayPort, and USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 devices
Additional information: manufacturers often update their Operating System (OS) software over the course of a device’s lifespan – this means that your product might ship with a more advanced OS than specified.
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- 3D Ready
- Accessories Included
- 30W USB-C Power Adapter, USB-C Charge Cable (2m)
- Audio Details
Different manufacturers use different sound systems to improve your audio experience
- Built-in stereo speakers
- Battery life
An estimate of how long the battery lasts before needing recharging, based on standard tasks and usage
- Up to 12 hours wireless web browsing or 13 hours iTunes movie playback
- Bluetooth Enabled
Bluetooth is a wireless way of transferring data between electronic devices over short distances
- Yes - 4.2
- CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drive
Whether this machine can play or burn (write to) Blu-ray discs, DVDs or CDs.
- Camera (front-facing)
Used for making video calls
- 720p facetime HD camera with three microphones
- Camera (rear-facing)
A camera on the back of the device, typically used for taking photos and videos.
- H0.41-1.56 x W30.51 x D21.24cm
- LED-backlit Retina display with IPS technology
- Ethernet Port
Allows a connection to a router via an ethernet cable (available separately).
- 8th Generation
- Graphics Card Series
- Intel HD
- Graphics card
A component that generates the image you see on your computer screen. More sophisticated graphics card feature memory dedicated to graphics, which is important for a gaming PC
- Intel UHD Graphics 617
- Graphics card type
Graphics card type
A dedicated graphics card enables you to run advanced programmes such as games or design packages more smoothly. Computers without graphics cards run these programmes through their processors.
- Hard drive
Stores files like videos and images, and programmes such as games. A portion of this may already be allocated to data like your operating system
- 128GB SSD
- Full-size backlit keyboard with butterfly mechanism, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement) with ambient light sensor
- Manufacturer Part Number (MPN)
- Memory (RAM)
Random Access Memory (RAM) allows your computer to multitask. Measured in GB, More RAM will help to run games or demanding programs like video editing more efficiently.
- Memory Card Slots
Memory Card Slots
A memory card slot allows you to transfer photos and files directly from a memory card. Please check that the slot type is compatible with your memory card type
- Model name / number
- MacBook Air 13.3" (2018)
- NFC enabled
Devices with NFC (Near Field Connection) can be tapped together to establish a wireless connection for sending or streaming files and other data
- Operating System Filter
- Operating system
Determines the interface you see on screen and the types of programmes you can run.
- Mac OS Mojave
Ports used to connect other devices, for example USB to connect peripherals or HDMI to connect to a high definition display. There may be different types of ports, eg. some USB ports can charge a plugged in device while the unit is in sleep mode
- 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 3.5mm headphone jack
The processor (also called CPU) is the "brain" of your computer and enables programmes to run. Modern processors feature multiple cores that can adapt the speed they run at depending on the task
- 8th-generation dual-core Intel Core i5
- Processor Type
Also called CPU (central processing unit) is the circuitry within a computer/laptop/tablet. It carries out the basic instructions that drive a computer/laptop/tablet
- Intel Core i5
- Processor speed
Determines how quickly programmes run. Processors with 'Turbo Boost' can enhance their performance to deal with more demanding tasks and often have multiple cores. Measured in GHz
- 1.8GHz to 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost
- MacBook Air 13.3" (2018)
- Screen Resolution
Picture quality defined by the number of individual dots (pixels) used to create an image. The higher the number of pixels, the higher the image quality.
- 2560 x 1600 pixels
- Screen finish
A matte screen is easier to view in bright light. Gloss screens can provide more vivid colours.
- Screen size
The size of the device's screen, usually measured diagonally in inches
- Screen sizes (Laptops)
- 12.1" to 14"
- Touch Screen
- Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control
- USB ports
Universal Serial Bus- socket for transferring data between electronic devices. Some USB ports transfer data faster than others, or can charge and power devices at the same time
- Voice Recognition
Can be operated using spoken commands, so no need for typing, scrolling or clicking.
- Yes - Siri
- Wi-Fi only
- Wireless Display
Wireless Display technology can be used to present your device's display on a compatible TV or display without using wires.
- Yes - Via Apple TV & AirPlay
- Wireless networking
- Wi-Fi- 802.11ac/a/b/g/n