30 October 2018, 8 years and 10 days after recent changes to the design, to light a brand new MacBook Air. He was controversial, he was criticized for a weak graphics subsystem and raised (for $ 200, a nightmare?) price, but he became the star of the sales in the holiday season of 2018. MacBook Air has decreased in size. Metal frame around the screen is gone. The number of pixels on screen has increased four times. Retina display, with a density of 227 pixels per inch. Keyboard type “scissors”, the former in recent months, one of the main reasons why the old man with unfashionable looks very well bought, alas, has given way to the “butterflies-III”.
According to Laura Legros said about it with a strange tone, almost defiantly, “most advanced, corrected”. But the novelty was no Bar Touch. Escape key was at its usual place and was real. And the right side F-key keyboard appeared Touch ID.
And yet, the MacBook Air was colored. In the online store it can be ordered in one of three colors – Golden, silver and dark gray (color space gray or gunmetal). The price of the color does not depend on, but sometimes the selected color delivery time bought MacBook Air could significantly increase. The demand for this product was almost like old times. But record sales were not, or that Apple necessarily would be reported.
In the online store MacBook Air was introduced in two initial configurations, differing price and volume flash memory. The option of 128 Gigabytes worth 1 $ 199 (and was the cheapest Apple laptop), the version with 256 Gigabytes worth 200 dollars more expensive. The CPU in all variants was the same – 2-nuclear Intel Core i5 1.6 GHz (i5-8210Y) “Amber Lake”, with a maximum clock frequency Turbo Boost 3.6 GHz, cache in the third level 4 MB. Thanks to Hyperthreading, each core supports two flow control. The GPU was, according to General opinion, was rather weak – UHD Intel Graphics 617, which did not prevent him to cope successfully with a wide range of tasks (e.g., programming). Upgrade options CPU was not. Yourself to replace it with a more powerful was absolutely impossible.
The two configurations consisted of 8 GB LPDDR3 (2 133 MHz), for a fee of $ 200, the amount of RAM can be increased to 16 Gigabytes. Andthe owners say that this Air 8 Gigabytes of RAM is enough for all of them, I would have used this opportunity. Intel UHD Graphics 617 is reserved for their needs 1.5 GB of total RAM, and the rest after that is 6.5 GB in our days is not enough. After completion of the order on the computer RAM size change was impossible.
In the Configurator both options was the option on the higher capacity drive. It can be increased up to 512 GB or up to 1.5 Terabytes. For a version with 128GB that cost 400 or 1 200 dollars for the version with 256 GB – 200 or 1 000. As in the case with the RAM, after purchasing the computer to change the volume of SSD has become impossible. Only together with the motherboard. In March 2019, the price of installing a 1.5 Terabyte was reduced to 1 100 and 900 dollars (for configurations with an initial 128 and 256 GB SSD).
Communication with the outside world
The MacBook Air was only three connectors. Two of them, the USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), could be used to connect external displays (more on this below), any Thunderbolt or USB 3-C devices as well, using the appropriate adapters, everything: Ethernet, USB-A, HDMI 2.0. The power supply is also connected through the USB connector-C (Thunderbolt 3). For charging iOS devices with the Lightning cable required adapter USB-A to USB-C. But there was a third connector and a 3.5 mm audio Jack, support all standard headphones.
The idea is that MacBook Air wireless connection was supposed to be the best in the entire range of Macs. The hint is in the name of the computer: “Air”. In 2008 he was the wireless Mac of om in the world. But not in this incarnation. Don’t know why, but the MacBook Air’s 2018 was supported by the usual 802.11 ac (and 802.11 b/g/n) without MIMO, and Bluetooth 4.2. No inconveniences it does not deliver, but still a shame. If you think otherwise, write in our Telegram chat.
Graphics MacBook Air 2018
Screen with a diagonal of 13.3 inch (33.8 cm), 16:10 with Retina-resolution 2 560х1600 pixels. Intel UHD Graphics 617 knowingly takes for their needs 1.5 Gigabytes total RAM: to PC you can connect either a single external display with a resolution of 5120-by-2880 pixels (5K) or two with a resolution of up to 4096х2304 pixels (4K). Thus, you can easily use the built-in screen. But as a gaming computer MacBook Air frankly does not pull. But, if nothing else, and really want to – you can purchase a eGPU.
And “something” is a chip “with enclave security,” Apple T2, making the MacBook Air supports Touch ID. This is not the only function of the security chip: he runs very fast access to the SSD (NVMe SSD interface is on the chip), simultaneously encoding and decoding the data on the drive.