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The MacBook Air hasn't seen a refresh for a while, and while some might have anxious Apple was going to discontinue the range Tim Cook has just (rather enthusiastically) announced that there's a new one on the way.

Introduced by CEO Tim Cook on stage at an event in Brooklyn, New York, the new computer will boast Apple's famous "Retina Display" for the first time.

While the new keyboard does not include a Touch Bar, the power button in the top right corner has been replaced by a Touch ID sensor. It also has Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner and T2 security chip for securely logging into the machine or using with third-party apps. Spec wise, users can get this laptop with up to Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 1.5TB SSD. And as you might expect, the display is still 13.3 inches, keeping the overall size of the laptop small enough to carry the "Air" moniker.

After months and months and months of rumours and speculation, Apple has finally announced a new MacBook Air to replace the absolutely ancient MacBook Air.

That's not great news for people who are used to Air being a full-on I-series system, but for those people, there's a lighter-than-ever MacBook Pro with scads of performance.

The previous MacBook Air model is still available at $999.

Irish price for MacBook Air is from €1,379 with the price for the Mac Mini starting at €919. These machines included 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory, up to 12 hours of battery life, and a 720p FaceTime HD camera. The company also says it now uses custom alloy from excess aluminium, ensuring the laptop is built with 100-percent recycled aluminium, instead of high-grade aluminium in previous generations - which helps reduce the carbon footprint be almost 50 percent. It also feels like the keys have slightly more bounce to them when compared to the 2017 MacBook Pro and possibly even the 2018 MacBook Pro. But along with the retina screen, "we've made the display better in every way", she added. The Force Touch trackpad is also 20% larger than before, and the stereo speakers are 20% louder. Its screen has 4 million pixels, says Apple. With over 700 Thunderbolt 3 devices in the ecosystem and growing, along with thousands of USB-C devices, MacBook Air allows you to take advantage of a whole new generation of accessories. Like we saw with iPhone and the price tag creeping up to the $1k point, if you want Apple's latest then you need to open your wallet wider. Prices start at $1,199. The new Macbook Air comes with audio controller, always on process to enable "Hey Siri", and latest generation keyboard.