Editors’ note, Oct. 31, 2018: Apple has announced a, which starts at $1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,849) and features a Retina display, Touch ID and USB-C ports. The version reviewed below remains on sale, for now, and still starts at $999 (£949, AU$1,499). The original review, published on Aug. 17, 2017, follows.
Apple‘s MacBook Air is as close to iconic as a piece of consumer technology gets. It’s the single laptop model you’re most likely to see everywhere, from college campuses to airports to coffee shops and even offices. And it’s been that way for a very long time.
That’s the problem. Not counting an incremental spec bump in mid-2017, this is still internally almost the same MacBook Air as the last refresh in 2015, and externally, it’s had basically the(when the got an overhaul). In technology terms, that’s roughly forever.