MacBook Air 13” 2018 specs, features, and analysis

Here's what you need to know about MacBook Air 13” 2018 including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

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MacBook Air 13” 2018

Availability

MacBook Air 13” 2018
Released2018
Release Date
  • Available on October 30, 2018
Pricing
  • $1,199
    Intel Core i5 8210Y | 8GB RAM | 128GB SSD
  • $1,399
    Intel Core i5 8210Y | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD
Generations
MacBook Air 13” 2018 Price
2018 Apple MacBook Air with 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD Storage) - Silver (Renewed)
2018 Apple MacBook Air with 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD Storage) - Silver (Renewed)
By Apple
$379.95
Late 2018 Apple MacBook Air with 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core (13 inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) Silver (Renewed)
Late 2018 Apple MacBook Air with 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core (13 inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) Silver (Renewed)
By Apple
$399.00
Apple 13in MacBook Air (2017 Newest Version) 1.8GHz Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD (Renewed)
Apple 13in MacBook Air (2017 Newest Version) 1.8GHz Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD (Renewed)
By Apple
$222.86
$247.45 10% OFF
Mid 2019 Apple Macbook Air with 1.6 GHz Core i5 (13.3 inches, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
Mid 2019 Apple Macbook Air with 1.6 GHz Core i5 (13.3 inches, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$399.95
$434.00 8% OFF
Apple 2024 MacBook Air 13-inch Laptop with M3 chip: 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display, 16GB Unified Memory, 512GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, 1080p FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID; Midnight
Apple 2024 MacBook Air 13-inch Laptop with M3 chip: 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display, 16GB Unified Memory, 512GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, 1080p FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID; Midnight
By Apple
$1,349.00
$1,499.00 10% OFF

Exterior

MacBook Air 13” 2018
Dimensions11.97” x 8.36” x 0.16 - 0.61” (304.1 mm x  212.4 mm x 4.1 – 15.6 mm)
WeightStarting at 2.75 pounds (1.25 kg)
Colors
Gold Space Gray Silver
Keyboard and TrackpadBacklit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) individual LED-backlit keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures

Display

MacBook Air 13” 2018
Size13.3 Inches
InfoRetina display
  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1440 by 900
    • 1024 by 640
  • 16:10 aspect ratio

Ports

MacBook Air 13” 2018
Ports
Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB‑C) ports with support for:
  • Charging
  • DisplayPort
  • Thunderbolt (up to 40Gb/s)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)

Internal Specs

MacBook Air 13” 2018
Processor
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8210Y
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.60 → 3.60 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 7W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

MacBook Air 13” 20181
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8210Y728100.00%
0728

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

MacBook Air 13” 20181
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8210Y1,455100.00%
01,455
Integrated Graphics
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8210Y
    Intel® UHD Graphics 617
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1050 MHz
Memory
8GB
Configurable to 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
Discrete GraphicsSupport for Thunderbolt 3–enabled external graphics processors (eGPUs)
Storage
128GB 256GB
Configurable to 512GB or 1TB SSD

Connectivity

MacBook Air 13” 2018
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2 wireless technology

Battery

MacBook Air 13” 2018
Size50.3 Wh lithium‑polymer battery
Battery Life
  • Up to 12 hours wireless web
  • Up to 13 hours Apple TV app video playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
Power Supply30W USB‑C Power Adapter

Software

MacBook Air 13” 2018
OSShipped with macOS Mojave
Built-in Apps
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player

Camera & Audio

MacBook Air 13” 2018
Camera720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • Three microphones
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack

Misc

MacBook Air 13” 2018
Sensors
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
Security
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
In the box
  • MacBook Air
  • 30W USB‑C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)
WarrantyYour MacBook Air comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.
MoreVideo Support
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colors and:
    • One external display with 5120-by-2880 resolution at up to 60Hz
    • Up to two external displays with 4096-by-2304 resolution at up to 60Hz
  • Thunderbolt 3 digital video output
    • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
    • VGA, HDMI, and Thunderbolt 2 output using adapters (sold separately)

Key Features

MacBook Air 13” 2018
At Glance
Released in Late
2018
16:10 WQXGA
13.3”
1600p 60Hz
Weight
2.75 lb
1.25 kg
Powered By
Intel Core i5-8210Y
2C/4T, 1.60 → 3.60 GHz
Geekbench 5
728
Single Core
Geekbench 5
1,455
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics 617
24 Execution Units, 300 → 1050 MHz
Up to
16GB
2133 MHz LPDDR3

Photos

Our analysis and reviews

MacBook Air 13” 2018 image

What we like

Reasons to like about MacBook Air 13” 2018.

Great battery life of up to 13-hours

According to Apple, the MacBook Air 13” 2018 lasts up to 13 hours of battery life.

  • Up to 12 hours wireless web
  • Up to 13 hours Apple TV app video playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

New Design

It's now even more compact and portable with the all-new distinct smaller wedge-shaped design. It's 10% thinner, 17% less volume, and a quarter pound lighter than the previous generation. It is also available in three different colors.

New Retina Display

Adopting the latest retina display, MacBook Air now displays over 4 million pixels with more color that make text, images, and animation look sharp and smooth.

Touch ID & Apple T2 Chip

You can now log in to your MacBook Air much faster, easier, and more securely than ever before with the latest Touch ID sensor with deep integration with Apple T2's Secure Enclave chip.

Latest Intel Core Processors

It's powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor with faster-integrated graphics, faster 2133 MHz LPDDR3 memory, and faster SSD.

Thunderbolt 3 ports

The most versatile port now arrives in MacBook Air, it allows you to charge your notebook, have lightning-fast data transfer, output 5K displays, and support external GPUs (eGPUs).

3rd-generation butterfly keyboard
Larger trackpad.
More immersive audio experience.
Supports larger memory

MacBook Air 13” 2018 supports a larger memory capacity than the MacBook Air 13” 2017. It supports up to 16GB versus 8GB of system memory on the MacBook Air 13” 2017.

Max system memory size
MacBook Air 13” 2018
16 GB
MacBook Air 13” 2017
8 GB
Supports faster memory

MacBook Air 13” 2018 supports a faster memory speed than the MacBook Air 13” 2017. It supports up to 2133MHz versus 1600MHz of system memory on the MacBook Air 13” 2017.

Memory type and speed
MacBook Air 13” 2018 - LPDDR3
2,133 MHz
MacBook Air 13” 2017 - LPDDR3
1,600 MHz
About 8% lighter

MacBook Air 13” 2018 weighed 2.75 pounds, 8% lighter than the 2.96 pounds MacBook Air 13” 2017.

WeightMacBook Air 13” 2018MacBook Air 13” 2017
Pound
2.75 lbs.
2.96 lbs.
Kilogram
1.25 kg
1.34 kg

What's missing

Downsides over its predecessor.

Has fewer ports
No MagSafe
Slightly slower CPU performance

Intel Core i7-5650U inside MacBook Air 13” 2017 has a 5% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i5-8210Y inside MacBook Air 13” 2018.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
MacBook Air 13” 2017 - Intel Core i7-5650U
1,538
MacBook Air 13” 2018 - Intel Core i5-8210Y
1,455
MacBook Air 13” 2017 - Intel Core i5-5350U
1,350

FAQs

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