Apple during their “One More Thing” event on Tuesday announced a refresh to MacBook Air. This new MacBook Air comes with a fan-less design, Apple’s own M1 chip, and better battery life.
The MacBook Air has been the default go-to laptop for school students and for light web browsing. After the previous MacBook Air which had been plagued by overheating issues and underpowered processor, Apple has finally updated its lineup. The new MacBook Air comes with the same 13.3-inch Retina Display which now includes P3 wide colour gamut. It has also been updated to include Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 4 and USB 4. This new MacBook Air will come with upto 16GB RAM and upto 2TB of SSD storage
The star of the show is the Apple M1 processor with an 8 core CPU design. MacBook Air will also come with a 7-core GPU. According to Apple, this new chip has four High-Performance cores and four High-Efficiency cores. These two combined can perform upto 9x faster than older models in specific ML tasks. This new M1 chip is now claimed to be faster than 98% of PCs released in the previous year by Apple. To read more about M1 chip and its gains, click here.
Apple has also claimed that this new MacBook Air will deliver up to 3.5x the performance of the outgoing model. M1 will also deliver upto 5x the graphical performance of the previous models. A 1080p camera with advanced ISP is also making a debut on new MacBook Air and Pros.
Other specs of MacBook Air include a new and redesigned Magic Keyboard, Touch ID, Two USB-C Thunderbolt 4, and USB 4 enabled ports, and cross-compatibility with iPhone and iPad Apps.
MacBook Air with M1 will be available to order today starting from $999, with the first devices shipping next week. Students and Teachers can get this powerful device starting at just $799 for the 128GB variant and $899 for the 256GB variant, under educational pricing.