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Available Nov. 7 and starting at $1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,849), the new MacBook Air is 17 percent smaller and 10 percent thinner than its predecessor. 

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The laptop is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum and features a 13.3-inch Retina display.

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The Air comes in three colors. Pictured here is silver.

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This is the gold model.

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And the third color is space gray.

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The Air has a 2,560x1,600-pixel resolution and displays 48 percent more colors than past iterations.

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Weighing in at only 2.75 pounds (1.25 kg), it has a thin, 15.6mm profile.

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Inside is an eighth-gen Intel dual-core i5 processor and you can choose between 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage.

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The new hardware combination promises up to 12 hours of web browsing and up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playback. 

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Apple also added one of its T2 security chips for Touch ID and Siri support, and it claims that the Air is the most secure boot process of any laptop.

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The T2 also has an SSD controller with automatic, on-the-fly data encryption.

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Other additions include a third-generation butterfly keyboard, paired with a Force Touch trackpad. The Touch ID button is located on the upper right.

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Like the 12-inch MacBook, the only ports you'll find are Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, along with a headphone jack.

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The Thunderbolt 3 ports support external displays up to 5K resolution and eGPUs for better graphics performance. 

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There's also a FaceTime HD camera and a three-mic array for better voice recognition; and louder stereo speakers with more bass. 

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Click or swipe through for more pictures of the MacBook Air.

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