The new MacBook Air available starting November 7th is equipped with a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, support for up to 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory and integrated UHD Graphics 617. The price of the new Air generation has increased to $1199 for the base model and only comes with 128GB of drive storage to encourage those who need the space to upgrade to 256GB for $1399 or 512GB for $1599. The last generation MacBook Air will still be available for sale at the same $999 as an entry level priced MacBook.
For the price you’re paying with the new generation of the MacBook air you get faster storage, a Retina Display, slimmer bezels over last years model, the third generation of Apple’s controversial butterfly keyboard, a headphone jack and two USB-C ports unlike the little 12-inch MacBook ($1299). It’s also a bit thinner and very light at 2.75 lb, being almost as thin and light as the 12-inch MacBook which comes in at 2.0 lbs, but with a faster processor that lasts 2-3 hours longer on battery compared to other MacBook models because of its efficient 7W TDP CPU which happens to be the new eight generation Intel Core i5-8210Y.
2018 MacBook Air Specs
- Intel Core i5-8210Y 1.6GHz/3.6GHz Turbo
- Intel UHD 617 Graphics
- 8GB LPDDR3 RAM (Up to 16GB)
- 128GB SSD (Up to 1.5 TB)
- 13-inch Retina Display
- 0.16 – 0.61 inches in thickness
- No Touch Bar
- 2 USB-C Ports + Headphone Jack
The new MacBook Air is still a dual core processor being ~28% faster than last years model and when compared to the base model 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touchbar both of which haven’t had their CPU’s updated for 2018, the MacBook Air is 15% faster than the 12-inch MacBook and almost equal single core performance to the base model MacBook Pro without TouchBar only falling behind in multicore performance. Check out the GeekBench results for yourself comparing the performance against other entry priced MacBooks in the Mac lineup.
2018 MacBook Air Geekbench Results:
- 2018 MacBookAir8,1
- 2017 MacBookAir7,2 last years model
- 2017 MacBook10,1 12-inch
- 2017 MacBookPro14,1 without Touchbar