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Compare the Apple MacBook Air (2019) to the Apple MacBook Air (2018)

At first sight, the Apple MacBook Air (2019) and the Apple MacBook Air (2018) look very much alike. That isn't surprising, since the casing is identical on both models. The biggest improvements can be found in the screen and the keyboard. Are you curious to know if the improvements in the new model are worth it? Here, we tell you all about the most important differences between the two generations.

Apple MacBook Air 13.3 inches (2019) Space Gray

International keyboard (QWERTY) | Intel Core i5 1.6GHz (8th gen) - 8GB - 256GB SSD | Intel UHD Graphics 617
1.139,-
no longer available
  • The True Tone Retina display automatically adjusts to the temperature of the ambient light, so you always see clear, true-to-nature colors.
  • Thanks to the 13-inch size and the light weight, you can easily bring your MacBook Air on the train.
  • The updated butterfly mechanism in the keyboard is less prone to defects than previous designs.
  • This MacBook Air has 2 ThunderBolt 3 connectors, so you need a separate converter cable if you want to connect a device with a Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, DVI, or VGA output.

Apple MacBook Air 13.3 inches (2018) Space Gray

Powerful enough for photo editing | Intel Core i5 - 8GB - 256GB SSD | Nearly edgeless Retina display
1.599,-
no longer available
  • This model of the MacBook Air has a Retina screen which produces images that are 4 times sharper compared to previous MacBook Air models.
  • Thanks to the 13-inch size and the light weight, you can easily bring your MacBook Air on the train.
  • With Touch ID, you log in on MacOS without typing in your password.
  • The screen of this MacBook Air model doesn't have True Tone technology, so the screen doesn't automatically adjust to ambient light.

Compare Apple MacBook Air (2019) and Apple MacBook Air (2018)

Apple MacBook Air (2019) Apple MacBook Air (2018)
Screen 13.3-inch Retina screen with True Tone 13.3-inch Retina screen
Processor 8th generation Dual-Core 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 8th generation Dual-Core 1.6GHz Intel Core i5
RAM 8GB or 16GB 8GB or 16GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1.5TB
Video card Intel UHD Graphics 617 Intel UHD Graphics 617
Keyboard 3rd generation Butterfly Keyboard (updated) 3rd generation Butterfly Keyboard

Screen

Apple MacBook Air 2019 screen

2019: True Tone

The biggest improvement on the Apple MacBook Air 2019 is the True Tone technology. This technology adjusts the white balance of the screen to the ambient light. This way, you always see the right color tones on-screen. The result is an even more beautiful screen display. Whether I'm working on the train or on a sunny terrace, I always see the right colors.

Apple MacBook Air 2018 screen

2018: no True Tone

The screen of the Apple MacBook Air 2018 doesn't have True Tone. That means that the colors might not be displayed as lifelike. That is inconvenient if I edit a lot of photos on the MacBook. But if I just use it to type out texts, it doesn't bother me as much.

Keyboard

Apple MacBook Air 2019 keyboard

2019: updated keybaord

The Apple MacBook Air 2019 has a 3rd generation Butterfly Keyboard, just like the 2018 model. And yet, it's a different keyboard. Apple used a different, sturdier type of plastic for the 2019 model. This way, the keyboard is less prone to defects.

Apple MacBook Air 2018 keyboard

2018: 3rd generation Butterfly Keyboard

The Apple MacBook Air 2018 also has a 3rd generation Butterfly Keyboard. The material used for this version isn't as sturdy. That is why the keyboard is more prone to defects and not as reliable.

And also

Apple MacBook Air 2019

Both the 2019 and the 2018 model have 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports. The interior has remained mostly the same as well. Both generations have the same processor, video card, and memory. Aside from the updated keyboard and screen, both generations are identical.

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