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MacBook Air 2018 vs MacBook Air 2017: what’s the difference?

MacBook Air 2018 vs MacBook Air 2017: what's the difference?

Apple presented a new line of MacBook Air with more powerful content, Retina display and updated connectivity features. The MacBook Air has always been the most popular model of notebooks, so the high expectations rely on the new model. If you’re interested in how the MacBook Air 2018 differs from last year’s model, read on.

Dimensions, display, colours

  • The previous generation MacBook Air weighs 1.35 kg, and the MacBook Air 2018 weighs 1.25 kg.
  • The thickness of the MacBook Air 2018 is a maximum of 15.6mm, and the old MacBook Air is 3-17mm.
  • Both MacBook Air models have a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display.
    • The new MacBook Air has a Retina display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, and the resolution of the old one is 1440 x 900 pixels.
    • The new display displays 48% more colours.
    • The glass of the new display comes to the edges, and the frames around the screen are 50% thinner.
    • The brightness of both displays is 300kd / m squared.
  • The new MacBook Air is available in three colours: gold, silver and grey space.
    • Old MacBook Air is only available in silver.

Processor, memory, RAM, security

  • The MacBook Air 2018 has a 2-core Intel 8th generation processor.
    • A 2-core Core i5 processor can increase 1.6GHz to 3.6GHz.
    • For comparison, the old MacBook Air has a 2-core Intel 5 generation Core i5 processor.
  • The new MacBook Air graphics processor Intel UHD 617.
    • The old model has an Intel HD 6000 graphics processor.
  • The new MacBook Air is available with memory up to 1.5TB.
    • The maximum memory of the old Air is only 512GB.
  • Both MacBook Air models have LPDDR3 RAM.
    • The new Air can have up to 16GB of RAM, and the old one can have up to 8GB of RAM.
  • The new model has a T2 chip for added security.
    • The chip provides data encryption, the function of the function “Hi, Siri”, etc.
  • The new laptop has a Touch ID scanner.

Keyboard and trackpad

  • The new MacBook Air keyboard Apple 3 generations.
    • The keyboard has become 4 times better than previous generations.
  • The trackpad of the new model has become 20% more.
    • The new trackpad supports Force Touch and pressure-based gestures.


  • The new MacBook Air 2 Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C connector on the left.
    • The old MacBook Air 2 has a USB-A connector and 1 Thunderbolt 2 connector.
  • The new model supports Bluetooth 4.2, and the old one – Bluetooth 4.0.
    • Both models have a FaceTime HD camera.
  • In the new model, there is no connector for SDXC cards.

Battery and Charging

  • The battery of the new MacBook Air is less – 50.3 mAh.
    • Battery 54mAh old model.
  • The new Air works 13 hours when watching iTunes movies, which is an hour longer than the old one.
  • The new model supports charging USB-C, and the old Air is charged through the adapter MagSafe 2.
    • Included with the new laptop is a 30W USB-C power adapter.
    • The new model will charge more slowly than the old one, because it comes with a 45W adapter.


  • The new MacBook Air costs from $1,199, and the old – from £949/US$949 for the 128GB model. The 256GB Air is priced at £1,099/$1,199.


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