(upbeat electronic music) – So we have the new
2019 MacBook Air here, in this really nice, rose gold color. Like, actually, wow, I kinda forgot how much
I really like this color. Anyway, I’m reviewing it
for The Verge, even though it is a pretty minor update. Now, the MacBook Air, and
I mean the classic one that everybody had, not last year’s model. It was the default laptop. So here’s a question. Can the new version of this new design live up to this laptop? (upbeat electronic music) Let’s get the review part of this video out of the way, right at the top. It’s good. Still good, technically, since
what’s different this year compared to last year, when Apple released the first version of this new design is actually not that much. In fact, I can explain it
in just three bullet points. Number one, the keyboard has been tweaked, again, for reliability,
with those new materials that Apple’s been talking about. Number two, the True Tone
display is new, so that’s nice. It matches the color
temperature of the room. And number three, it costs
a hundred bucks less. That’s it. MacBook Air still has the
same Y-series processor that’s fast enough to do
most day-to-day tasks. But it can slow down on heavy stuff like video and photo editing. Or even just having too
many apps and tabs open. It still gets about seven
or eight hours of active use in my testing, it still
uses USB-C to charge. And it still has a super convenient Touch
ID fingerprint sensor. Plus, a really nice, big
Force Touch trackpad. The screen looks great,
and I really prefer screens that have True Tone. Plus, thanks to a software
update for the Air line that came earlier this year, it can get just a little bit
brighter, up to 400 nits. But that’s not as bright as
what the MacBook Pros can do. Also, just FYI, the webcam is pretty bad. But let’s admit the obvious. You’re wondering about the keyboard. Well, what can I really
tell you? (chuckles) My first impression is that
it’s the same as last year. It’s a little bit softer and quieter than earlier MacBook Pro models. (keyboard tapping) Now some people don’t like
typing on this style of keyboard because it’s so shallow, but the truth is, like, I kinda like it. Cool right, fine. Whatever, what about reliability? Well, I just can’t say. I don’t know. These are the new materials
style of the Butterfly switches, so that should help with reliability. And it’s covered under Apple’s
extended keyboard warranty, so that should make you feel better too. But at this point, these keyboards
have been so hit or miss, it’s safe to say that you’re
taking at least a small chance until we know how these new
materials are gonna work. Or until Apple just
switches to another design. (percussive instrumental music) That’s pretty much what there is to say about this new revision
of the MacBook Air. But a thing that you should know is there are plenty of Windows laptops at around the same price
point as this machine that beat it on any number of metrics. So you can log in with your face, you can get an edge-to-edge screen, or you can get a faster processor. But none of those Windows laptops have the overall build
quality or fit and finish of this MacBook Air. Setting aside the keyboard, of course. But more importantly, for a lot of people, those Windows laptops, they’re not Macs. So the fact that I think that
this is a pretty good laptop is a big deal. It really needs to be pretty good, because it’s the main
option for a lot of people who want to use a Mac laptop. Which brings me all the way back around to the question we asked at the top. Is this the one? Is it the default? The answer to that totally
depends on your needs. The advice that I always
give about technology still applies. If you need a new computer, buy the best one that you can afford. If you don’t, you should wait. You’ll save money, and there’s always a better computer coming around next year. But that advice only works in technology if the product cycles are predictable. And the Mac has been super unpredictable. First, Apple took forever to
update anything on any Mac. Then, it started updating the Macs, but it wasn’t providing
yearly spec-bump updates, which makes the whole
line feel more consistent. Then, they started doing that, but they keep changing the
iteration of the keyboard with every new release, to try and fix that reliability problem. It’s infuriating. (percussive electronic music) Look, you know what’s going to
happen with the iPhone. There will be a new one in September. And that means, don’t buy one after, I don’t know, May or so. But do you know what’s gonna
happen next for the Mac? Probably not. Maybe they’ll fix the keyboard. Or, maybe Intel will get its act together and finally deliver a
much better processor. Or hell, I don’t know, maybe Apple will finally
switch to ARM processors. The point is, you can’t predict, which makes it harder to decide what to buy right now,
if you need a computer. Plus, on top of that, you also
know in the back of your mind that you could spend $200 more
and get the new MacBook Pro that got announced next to this thing, which has a better screen
and a better processor, and a Touch Bar, and it’s
a little bit thicker. But whatever. Do you see what’s happening here? Instead of me just saying,
yep, this is the default. There are a bunch of ifs, and maybes, and caveats to worry about. Now, I know that that is
always the way with tech. But it was never the way
with the classic MacBook Air. This wasn’t just the
default for Mac users. It was pretty much the default
laptop for almost everybody. And I don’t think that this MacBook Air has earned that title yet. It’s very good, but it’s not the default. Hey, thank you so much for watching. We’ve got full reviews
of both this MacBook Air and the new MacBook Pro
over at TheVerge.com, so you should check that out. Also, Verge Science is doing a video about the 50th anniversary
of the Apollo mission. It’s great, you should watch that.

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100 thoughts on “MacBook Air 2019 review: is it the new default?

  • July 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm
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    Would you get this Air or go for the entry-level MacBook Pro — or neither?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:05 am
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    Gotta say, Bohn is one of my favourite YouTube reviewers, right up there with Marques Brownlee. Good job mate.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    No one gonna mention the 45% slower storage?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:08 am
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    1:24 poor fellow is crying a river in regret over the amount he paid for it and how little value it offers

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:12 am
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    couldnt agree more

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:18 am
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    There'll be a new iPhone in september… so don't buy one until may? How about so don't buy one till the new one is out?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:23 am
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    This guy is such a valuable asset to the Verge, give him a raise!

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:23 am
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    You are so good man

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:31 am
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    Hahaha you’re all spending two months worth of rent while I’m here with extra money after buying myself a used 2011 MacBook Air for only $300.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:04 am
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    Call me when the "best ever" butterfly keyboard is gone and I'm in, on a just above entry level Pro.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:04 am
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    Awesome review, what he said about the new MacBook air not being as good as the older version makes me feel really good cause I don't have to sell my second kidney this year lol. I bought the older MacBook air (the silver one he showed) last year and oh man, I just love it so much. However, the display is a huge con and I've been thinking of getting a way better monitor to hook it up to. Regardless, it's just hard to put into words how wonderful this laptop (older air) is (I don't think anyone can; it's almost like a god-sent miracle) and I really hope they bring out a newer one with the older keyboard. These butterflies are not my thing. Sorry if i messed up my English, from India here thanks for the read 🙂 <3

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:04 am
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    Very good review

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:15 am
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    Who would even consider a laptop that potentially has a keyboard which could break at any time?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:26 am
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    dear the verge, just make all review videos hosted by dieter thanks – everyone

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:57 am
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    Apple is is 🤔🤔
    I hate apple

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  • July 18, 2019 at 9:15 am
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    Keep your message short and simple Dieter. Too much beating around the bush. 😄

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  • July 18, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    He says "Anyway" alot. I think it's in every video that he's in.

    Anyway,
    Great review as always 👍

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  • July 18, 2019 at 9:46 am
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    it's not harder to decide or not, it's what you are looking for, which Macbook's model will suit your needs better. I have Macbook Pro Mid 2013 i7, & I have iMAC mid 2013 i5, till now! I have been holding back from buying any new one. I'm thinking about iMAC Pro 2017, which will for sure, it will super-overkill-suit my needs, I can find a good deal in Ebay, and I will stick to this model for another 7 years, which the iMAC will be in a new era of technology.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 10:22 am
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    it was the default because of the Apple OS and Brand

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  • July 18, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    I'm not even looking to buy a macbook – I just really enjoy watching The Verge's reviews

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  • July 18, 2019 at 10:38 am
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    "tweaked" ya right. I'll wait until it's fixed with a new design

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  • July 18, 2019 at 10:45 am
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    Dieter Bohn is a great reviewer! I watched the review just to see his thoughts on the Macbook, even if I already own it.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 10:55 am
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    Is this 2019?? or 2018? As far I know, Apple didn't release MacBook Air in 2019, misleading!!

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  • July 18, 2019 at 11:07 am
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    So, another Apple scam.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 11:15 am
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    I'd argue that the 'fit and finish' 2:53 is absolutely matched by the Surface, Lenovo and HP competitors.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 11:34 am
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    Look at them trying to solve problems they created! Good on them!!!

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  • July 18, 2019 at 11:47 am
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    1,66 GHz? Peasants

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  • July 18, 2019 at 11:59 am
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    Why no mention slower SSD

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  • July 18, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Is it faster than the huawei matebook 3500u ?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    Geekbench 4 scores?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    I’m satisfied with the 2017 MacBook Air for obvious reasons.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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    Also it has cheaper SSD which is slower

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  • July 18, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    Hate on me if you want, but I love MacBook's. My last one lasted me 6 years.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    We need

    a new keyboard
    Quad Core CPU
    Much better Integrated GPU (3-4 TFLOPS)
    256GB SSD, 16GB RAM standard
    Face ID
    Narrow bezel

    This will be a new gold standard

    Probably 2021 – 2022 model?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    Verdict: just get an old Air or Pro for $400-$600 and enjoy your life.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Still love my 2012 and I bought the cheapest one. Can’t afford to upgrade anyway which makes me love my 2012 even more for sticking around.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    Good and honest review from Verge! Interesting.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 10:23 pm
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    That’s not it, it seems like. The SSD drive is slower apparently. And, I agree, the hide and seek game with new features and new releases always make you feel like you just spend a bunch of money and you may just have been screwed up…

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  • July 18, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    Just get the Matebook 13 or X Pro. A million times better at a lower price

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  • July 19, 2019 at 12:08 am
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    You should add a "vote" button in your videos

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  • July 19, 2019 at 1:24 am
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    If you're a student and on the fence between base entry MacBook Pro vs Mackbook Air.. just get the Pro+Beats with college promo and then sell the Beats headphones!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 1:28 am
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    What's wrong with the very newest keyboard other than being untested over time?

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  • July 19, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    Eh, love my 2014 MacBook Air, but the fact that they even soldered the SSD this time is probably the dealbreaker for me. Even with thunderbolt I want to be able to upgrade the SSD rather than using a port for storage. To each their own but that’s my take on it

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  • July 19, 2019 at 5:41 am
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    tbh, @Dieter Bohn, if they really care about typing experience, they should get a mechanical keyboard. It's like integrated GPU vs dedicated GPU.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 6:19 am
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    But how long did the first gen MacBook Air to become the default device and be so reliable?

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  • July 19, 2019 at 10:24 am
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    Nice review, the best I’ve seen on the MacBook Air 2019. Short and concise, well done. Thanks.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 1:32 pm
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    The best tech reviewer!!!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    I still have a 2015 macbook Air. Love that thing! But im considering moving to a surface laptop.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    Its like apple is selling "pentium 4 " in 2019, 🤔

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  • July 19, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    I won't buy it until they bring back the normal USB ports back. Also HDMI. Come on Apple. so many have left you because of this.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 6:46 pm
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    That is the issue. Still using the same tweaked again butterfly keyboard taking a chance that it won't malfunction. No thank you. Until they get away from that keyboard I will never buy a macbook.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 9:06 pm
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    i wish they could do a 12 inch Macbook air which is way more powerful than the 12 inch Macbook that they removed it from the lineup

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  • July 19, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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    Are you German?

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:35 am
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    Totally agree! Unpredictable! They will let you spend hundred bucks and decrease all of a sudden. Unfair!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 9:29 am
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    Next one in 2020 please without a fan and with an eSIM. 🙏

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  • July 20, 2019 at 10:37 am
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    Right. Is it’s an incredible deal with education discount and beats headphones for students. Then you’re getting the laptop for like $700. I’m pretty happy with it as a secondary computer.

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    Where is the new scissor keyboard that was rumoured to debut in the 2019 MacBook Air? Apple may have forgotten to add it but how did The Verge forget to criticize Apple for this?

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  • July 20, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    im pretty glad I got the last one of the old Airs the 2017 edition

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  • July 20, 2019 at 8:16 pm
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    The low entry Macbook Pro 13 inch is THE Default now 😁

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  • July 20, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    So what is the default then?

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  • July 20, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    Many of my high school friends (2011) are still using their Macbooks Airs today. It's a testament of their reliability for sure. So the question should be whether people will be using their 2019 Macbook in 2027. Somehow i doubt it.

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  • July 21, 2019 at 6:38 am
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    Not buying a new MacBook until they change the keyboard.

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  • July 22, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    1. Why would you wanna know if it is better than the original one? I just want to know if it delivers on the price it asks for
    2. "Whatever" with anything hardware or software related is not what I am looking for when Apple markets itself as a high end luxury brand; gimme the high end luxury stuff then.

    Stopped watching the video after the keyboard part, laptop does not seem worth it whatsoever if for that price point it cannot even handle "too many apps or tabs".

    Review still gets a like.

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  • July 22, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    I'm wondering about new model have slow ssd what's wrong with apple

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  • July 22, 2019 at 9:32 am
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    Webcam in 2019 Macbook Air is extremely bad. Therefore wanted to get a written authorization from Apple Store in Bondi Junction, Sydney so that I can return the MacBook air at my local Officeworks.The genius guy compared it to other Macbook Air in store and said the quality looks the same so according to him there is no fault. Same means all the webcams are similarly bad. He said as an Apple representative he cannot say or write their products are bad. Probably now stuck with an expensive device with bad webcam. I have a surface laptop 1st Generation with a similar 720p camera and picture quality is crystal clear, and Apple says there is no fault.

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  • July 22, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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    thats why I purchased the classic MacBook Air. they call me a mad man! who cares. The screen is not the best one but the priceeeee (£749) is a bargain for the classic Air. A laptop supposed to be portable and the new ones only with the C ummmmm is not for me. I can go around with a dungle or other B&^%$$$%. The classic with the USB port, the T port and my buddy Jack is my choice and come onnnn!!! no key problems.

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  • July 23, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    Dieter how long does this warranty last after you’ve bought the laptop?

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  • July 24, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    I'm a Win10 fan. BUT this is much cheaper if you compare equivalent screen quality – 100%+ color gamut, Full HD. My dream Netflix player for tv episodes. On the other hand I just found out that Apple obsoleted my early 2011 Macbook Pro – not only are there no more MacOS updates, but not even Chrome is available on it anymore. Sheesh. A Thinkpad from 2011 merrily runs Win10.

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  • July 24, 2019 at 8:06 am
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    original air rocked!!! if only, apple would make it easy to install latest macos on older computers or security updates for snow leopard. if only they would also release security updates for ios 6 as well as it is the last ios with a steves jobs feel to it, making it better than all newer ios's.

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  • July 24, 2019 at 8:59 am
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    how about slower/lower quality SSD for that 100 bucks off?

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  • July 26, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    I feel like, that was a review about new macbook's air keyboard.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:15 am
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    The 2013 MacBook Air was the best laptop ever sold. Apple needs to step it up. Update the webcam as well!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 12:17 am
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    how tf is it infuriating that they try to make the keyboard better every year? if anything you should be happy

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  • July 28, 2019 at 3:11 am
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    MacBook with soft keyboard with haptic feedback. Essentially a glass display where the keyboard is, with raise rubber pads (similar to what's on the F and J keys) so you know where your fingers are landing, or laser etched lines to differentiate the keys.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 11:03 am
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    I'd still like Apple to release stats on actual keyboard failure rates. I know they won't but it would be helpful to gage the issue.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    I've bought the 2012 Macbook Air and despite the low storage SSD (128GB) and the now vicious battery, it works really great for me. No other computer I've had lasted this long and still being this great to use for daily tasks (programming and web-based content); heck, it still get updates to this day that doesn't brick the computer!

    I'm waiting for a decent Macbook again to upgrade this one. Until then, I'm sticking with this champ.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    Im gonna be pissed if the black guy charged it from usb slot

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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    I must say I agree……plus it has the rose gold which I absolutely adore. The rose gold alone is what’s driving me to the air… at least it’s cheap enough …whereas if they do fix the keyboard issue on the pros. I’ll be able to purchase when it comes out…….but I still wonder. Although I was going to take the air up to a 16GB and 256 storage….. will it hold up….hmmmm.i think so…for the time being. I’ve been on my airpad for about a month with no issues…so going from this to A laptop temporary should ok…..right ?….ahhhhh…😑😑😑😑😑Apple definitely didn’t make this easy….hopefully they put some color in the new Mac lineup…but I know that’s highly unlikely….but a person can wish right

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  • August 4, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    Nice machine, but i will wait for the upgraded scissors keyboard.

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  • August 4, 2019 at 8:13 pm
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    You’re telling me I’m paying $1400CAD for 7-8 hours of battery life? Ridiculous.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 11:00 am
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    Hi! I'm Lans De Lara from the Philippines, Currently studying Human resources Management. My 5 year old laptop is hopeless and cannot be fixed. I can't afford to buy a new one. I'm getting desperate. Can someone please help me raise funds to buy a new one? Thank you very much!

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  • August 6, 2019 at 3:52 pm
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    Is this good for a high school student

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  • August 8, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    Why is there NO true tone option in mine?
    Did i get cheated on and got sold the 2018 one?
    Please help

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  • August 9, 2019 at 5:34 am
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    Might be the one for me as I just got one for $850. Just hope the keyboard is reliable.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    got bullied by being default:(

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Your overthinking again…

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    The risk factor with repairable components I feel you have to add the cost if apple care.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:08 am
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    iPad

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  • August 18, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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    1:08 it can slow down on heavy stuff like video and photo editing" welp, good thing I have no interest in doing that

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  • August 19, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    I really don’t care about the keyboard if I’m able to use it

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  • August 20, 2019 at 11:44 am
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    You forgot that the highest storage capacity decreased from 1.5 TB to 1 TB.

    Wait?

    Does anyone care?

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    I’m a writer/journalist, the keyboard is obviously critical. I won’t get a new MacBook until the keyboard issues have been resolved and proven to be reliable.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    I love Windows but to develop IOS apps we need to buy an apple or it won't work. Crooked Apple.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 8:15 am
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    I am debating whether i should get this or the pro for college. Is the pro worth the extra money? Help please lol

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  • August 27, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    Very impressive insight and review… I’ll pass and wait to upgrade… too many variables and not very confident with apple atm…

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  • August 30, 2019 at 5:26 am
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    I have never used a mac in my life is it really that good ?

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  • August 31, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    No thank you, Apple. I think I'll go get a Huawei MateBook X Pro.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:17 am
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    It would be great if it had more usb ports

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  • September 12, 2019 at 10:19 am
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    please, do some "true tone" compare with MB Air 2018 ??

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:47 am
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    what is your rings' brand?

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