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)
Core i5
2 CPU Cores
1.8GHz (2.9GHz Turbo)
Core i5-5350U
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
I/O 2x USB 3.1 Type-C
w/Thunderbolt 3
3.5mm Audio
Touch ID
2x USB 3.0 Type-A
1x Thunderbolt 2
SDXC Card Reader
3.5mm Audio
Battery Capacity 49.9 Wh 50.3 Wh 54 Wh
Battery Life 12 Hours 12 Hours
Price $1099 $1199 $999

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 - link

    To 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 - link

    To 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 - link

    Hopefully 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 - link

    And 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 - link

    But... 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 - link

    It's always been like that.
  • tipoo - Monday, July 15, 2019 - link

    Apple 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 - link

    It 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 - link

    I 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 - link

    Nevermind - clicked on wrong article. Operator error.

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