Apple’s MacBook Air Gets True Tone Display, Lower Price Tagby Anton Shilov on July 9, 2019 2:00 PM EST
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Apple on Tuesday introduced updated versions of its entry-level MacBook Air notebooks. Apple’s mid-2019 MacBook Air laptops feature the company’s True Tone displays and lower price tags when compared to their predecessors introduced last October. Separately, Apple discontinued its 2017 MacBook Air machines that featured previous-generation design.
Apple’s mid-2019 MacBook Air notebooks come in silver, space gray as well as gold colors and are based on Intel’s low-voltage 8th Gen dual-core Core i5 processor with UHD Graphics 617 (previously known as codenamed Amber Lake Y), the same chip used for late-2018 MBA models. Depending on exact configuration, the new MacBook Airs can be equipped with 8 GB or 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory as well as a 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB PCIe SSD.
The key difference between the 2018 and 2019 MacBook Air laptops is their display. The notebooks to use a 13.3-inch IPS panel featuring a 2560x1600 resolution and a 227 PPI pixel density. Meanwhile, the new machines support True Tone technology that automatically adjusts white balance depending on the surrounding environment and lighting.
Other notable features of Apple’s latest-generation MacBook Air notebooks include two Thunderbolt 3 ports, 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2 controller, a large trackpad, the Apple T2 chip, Touch ID fingerprint reader, and everything else that you come to expect from a modern mobile PC.
Traditionally, Apple’s MacBook air are among the thinnest and lightest notebooks around at 1.56 cm z-height as well as 1.25 kilograms. Because Apple’s MacBook Air uses Intel’s low-power CPU and comes with a 49.9 Wh battery, it can work on one charge for up to 12 hours, which is longer when compared to 13.3-inch MacBook Pro machines.
|MacBook Air Specifications|
|Model||2019 (Base)||2018 (Base)||2017 (Base)|
|Dimensions||0.41 - 1.56 cm x 30.4 cm x 21.2 cm||0.30 - 1.7 cm x 32.5 cm x 22.7 cm|
|Weight||2.75 lbs (1.25 kg)||2.96 lbs (1.35 kg)|
|CPU||1.6 GHz (3.6 GHz Turbo)
2 CPU Cores
|1.8GHz (2.9GHz Turbo)
2 CPU Cores
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 617||Intel HD Graphics 6000|
|Display||13.3-inch 2560x1600 IPS LCD
DCI-P3 with True Tone
|13.3-inch 2560x1600 IPS LCD
|13.3-inch 1440x900 TN LCD|
|Memory||8GB LPDDR3-2133||8GB LPDDR3-1600|
|SSD||128GB PCIe SSD||128GB PCIe SSD|
|I/O||2x USB 3.1 Type-C
|2x USB 3.0 Type-A
1x Thunderbolt 2
SDXC Card Reader
|Battery Capacity||49.9 Wh||50.3 Wh||54 Wh|
|Battery Life||12 Hours||12 Hours|
In a bid to make its MacBook Air laptops more popular, Apple slashed price of the entry-level model by $100 and from now on it will be available for $1,099 (down from $1,199 previously). In addition, qualifying students in the USA can get the new MBA starting at $999.
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Yaldabaoth - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - linkTo be fair, it's probably a i5-8210Y stuck at a cTDP Up of 7W. Sure, an Intel 8th gen U-series processor will be probably be quad core, but it's not going to be running at ~7W.
id4andrei - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkTo be fair? It was supposed to have a 15W CPU like the previous MBA. 7W is a compromise and they even jacked up the price.
tipoo - Monday, July 15, 2019 - linkHopefully there's enough overhead in here for those 9W Ice Lake quad cores. Though worst case they could just TDP-down it
Dug - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkAnd most ultrabooks are stuck at 16:9 screen, or a crappy trackpad, or slow ssd, or no thunderbolt, or battery life goes to crap when all 4 cores are used, or etc.,etc.
There's always a trade off with every product.
boeush - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - linkBut... that's a 16:10 display!
What the hell? Has someone out there finally started to regain sanity? No way... hell must be freezing over
Dug - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkIt's always been like that.
tipoo - Monday, July 15, 2019 - linkApple has long been the holdout keeping 16:10 displays.
It seems to be catching on, the Ice Lake XPS 13 will also go to a 16:10.
nikon133 - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - linkIt is not bad machine, depending on how it compares - price-wise - with premium Windows ultrabooks. I'd personally stay away from 128GB... but 8GB of RAM, I fell, is still plenty for all the things I'd do on this machine.
Even my 4GB Surface Pro still does everything I need from such portable and compact format. My 8GB laptop at work rarely goes over 80% of memory usage, and we do use some memory hogs on a daily basis (such as ConnectWise with around 10 tabs opened all the time, more when required).
Hurn - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - linkI don't see a touch bar in the photo - maybe the "Apple’s Entry-Level 13-Inch MacBook Pro Gets Quad-Core CPU & Touch Bar" title needs editing?
Hurn - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - linkNevermind - clicked on wrong article. Operator error.