Apple's MacBook Air is back, getting a significant upgrade for the first time in several years.

While last year's improvements were minimal, the new MacBook Air swaps out for a refreshed design as well as internal components. Basically, it's an entirely new Mac model unlike anything we've ever seen.

The laptop has been in development for quite some time, but Apple decided to hold off until it could strike a balance between performance and affordability. Customers aren't forced to choose one or the other. Instead, the new MacBook Air holds enough horsepower for the average user and doesn't break the bank in the process.

It includes a 13.3-inch high-resolution screen, Intel's 8th generation chipset, and more.

To no surprise, there's finally a Retina Display on the MacBook Air. It has more than 4 million pixels, coming in at 2560×1440. Overall, the screen measures 13.3 inches and doesn't have a very thick bezel. Those are modern touches MacBook Air owners and others have desired for a long time.

Elsewhere, you'll find a no-compromise setup. There's an Intel Core i5 CPU, up to 16GB of memory, up to 1.5TB of storage, two USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) ports, an Apple T2 security chip, 'Hey Siri' integration, stereo speakers, Touch ID, a third generation keyboard, and a Force Touch trackpad.

Also, it's made from 100% recycled aluminum. The new MacBook Air takes advantage of unused materials from the rest of production. Whatever's left over, Apple uses to create the construction. It's the first product in Apple's history to be this eco-friendly.

Apple's offering the latest MacBook Air in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.

The new MacBook Air can be purchased today, starting at $1,199. It'll ship next week.