Apple's new MacBook Air is lighter, faster and more secure than previous versions. It boasts a 13.3-inch Retina display that depicts 48 percent more color than previous generations. Its built-in HD FaceTime camera and array of microphones make video calling and FaceTiming crisp and clear. Its promise of all-day battery life means you can use it on long flights and not worry about constantly being plugged in.Credit: Apple
Apple's newest MacBook may be a consumer product, but it has some ideal features for business owners everywhere. However, those features will definitely cost you: The new MacBook Air starts at $1,199.
Hardware, storage and speed
The new MacBook Air features an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Intel UHD Graphics and a 2133MHz system memory up to 16GB. It also offers SSDs up to 1.5TB in capacity, which are up to 60 percent faster than the previous generation. Apple is known for including convenient bells and whistles as selling points on all its products, but this laptop is a strong product inside and out. It's also only 0.61 inches at its thickest point, making it 10 percent thinner than the previous MacBook Air. It only weighs 2.7 pounds and takes up 17 percent less volume. The compact, portable nature of the MacBook Air means you can travel with your laptop without being weighed down by it. [Read related article: Mac or PC? What Should Your Small Business Use?]
Apple boasts an all-day battery life on the new MacBook Air. This means 12 hours of battery life during wireless web use and up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playback. This is an impressive lifespan, ideal for traveling or constant on-the-go use. This is one of the standout business features of the new MacBook Air. This battery capacity is on par with some of the longest-lasting laptops on the market.
Touch ID and security
Apple built a fingerprint sensor right into the keyboard, which allows you to quickly unlock the computer without the hassle of typing in a password. Apple also wants to protect your biometric (and personal) information – the new MacBook Air includes an Apple T2 Security Chip. It protects Touch ID information and analyzes software to ensure nothing has been tampered with. It also offers data encryption for everything stored on your SSD.
This new laptop can handle intense video and graphics projects. You have the option to bring Radeon Pro Vega graphics to your MacBook, which can deliver up to 60 percent graphics performance. Apple included two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the side of the Air, so you can charge your notebook or transfer data via USB and Thunderbolt. Because USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are the same port type, you can also connect to the thousands of USB-C-supported devices on the market. One final notable feature is the Air's new keyboard, which is 20 percent larger than the previous generations' keyboards.Credit: Apple
Is it good for business?
The new MacBook Air is ideal for business owners and employees who travel frequently. It offers a lightweight, powerful laptop experience. Its improved hardware, slimmed design, impressive security and long-lasting battery make it a great computer. While it's certainly not cheap, it's a great option for business owners looking for a powerful, slim laptop – and the latest in a long line of impressive and reliable Apple products.