Though it's received plenty of internal upgrades over the years, Apple actually hadn't touched the MacBook Air design since 2010. President Obama was two years into his first term, Russia had not yet annexed Crimea, and Tim Cook was still a year away from becoming Apple's new CEO.
Eight years later, the world is a very different place, but the MacBook Air has persisted. At its October event, Tim Cook called the MacBook Pro "the most beloved Mac ever," and announced its first real hardware upgrade in years.AdvertisementIf you haven't heard anything about the new MacBook Air, or if you're on the fence about buying one, here are 7 reasons to consider Apple's latest ultra-thin laptop:
1. It’s the first MacBook Air with a Retina display.
2. It has Touch ID, so you can unlock your Mac, or even make purchases, with just your fingerprint.
3. Apple made some big improvements to your input controls.
4. It’s slightly thinner and lighter than the last MacBook Air.
5. It has updated internals, including eighth-generation Intel processors, and slightly improved battery life — about an extra hour or so.
6. The new MacBook Air features USB-C, the next-generation standard for charging and data transfer.
7. The new MacBook Air sounds way better than before, and can hear you better, too.