Apple unveiled the new MacBook Air at its online-only event on November 10, 2020. The company has launched a number of new products over the past three months the 8th generation iPad, iPad Air 2020 , Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE in September, followed by the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models in October, and now it’s time to experience the latest MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini.
The new MacBook Air 2020 is similar to the MacBook Air model that launched earlier this year, but brings a variety of improvements and changes under the hood. One of the main highlights of the launch event was the introduction of Apple’s own ARM-based processor – the M1 chip, the first Apple chip designed specifically for the Mac. Apple claims that it’s the most powerful chip they’ve ever developed and that it will completely transform the Mac experience. It also marks Apple’s move from Intel chips to its own silicon chips. This lightning-fast, high-performance chip was designed with the goal of excelling in machine learning. The brand new processor, along with macOS Big Sur, brings some impressive improvements in the MacBook’s performance and battery life. Let’s get to know them in detail.
MacBook Air 2020 specifications
Apple has made major improvements to the interior of the new M1-powered MacBook Air while not making any changes to the design of the device. It still has the sleek, wedge-shaped aluminum case with slim bezels and a large Force Touch trackpad. It contains a Magic Keyboard with a nifty scissor-type switch mechanism that is more reliable and solves the problem Problems with the Apple butterfly keyboards .
The MacBook Air 2020, like the previous generation models, has a 13.3-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2560 × 1600 and a brightness of 400 nits, but the new P3 Wide Color has the support for vivid, vibrant and lifelike colors. In addition, True Tone technology adjusts the white balance of the display to the ambient light for a more natural viewing experience.
The M1 chip has an 8-core CPU with four high-performance cores and four high-performance cores, making it almost 3.5 times faster than the previous generation. It has great performance when editing a high resolution photo or encoding a video. In addition, the integrated 8-core GPU is 5x faster than the integrated GPUs of the last generation. It claims to deliver super smooth graphics performance on the computer. The M1 chip and macOS Big Sur brought great benefits to the MacBook Air’s speed and responsiveness. Just like that iPhone and iPad, the Mac now wakes up from sleep immediately.
Neural Engine and SSD are up to 9x and 2x faster than the older MacBook Air models. All the praise goes to the M1 chip and the latest improvements in flash memory technology. Apple also promised that any existing Mac apps that worked on the Intel-based MacBooks will work seamlessly with the M1-based machines thanks to Apple’s Rosetta 2 technology.
The MacBook Air 2020 has a 720p FaceTime HD camera like the earlier models, but with improved image quality. Apple’s newest image Signal The processor in the M1 chip improves camera quality with better noise reduction, dynamic range, improved auto white balance, and ML-enhanced face detection to help you look your best during FaceTime calls and video conferencing.
Since the MacBook is charged by the energy-saving M1 chip, no fan is required. Yes, the MacBook Air 2020 has a fanless design and Apple says whatever you do the device will stay silent. Of course, this arouses curiosity as to how the generated heat is dealt with. We’ll hear more about it when the latest MacBook Air gets into consumers’ hands.
In terms of battery life, the new Apple silicon is more energy efficient, and Apple claims that the latest 2020 MacBook Air has the longest battery life even on a MacBook Air. It can deliver up to 15 hours of wireless internet surfing and 18 hours of video playback, which is absolutely impressive. It supports WLAN 6 , Bluetooth 5.0 and has two Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 ports that can handle up to 6K external displays. There are stereo speakers, a three-microphone array, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
MacBook Air 2020: price and availability
The new 2020 M1-powered MacBook Air starts at $ 999 for 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and 7-core GPU. That means the new model is priced the same as the existing MacBook Air models, which is welcome news for buyers. Another variant with 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD and 8-core GPU costs 1,249 US dollars. The maxed model offers 12 GB of RAM and 2 TB of storage for $ 2,049. Users can also choose to have Final Cut Pro X or Logic Pro X preinstalled on their computers for an additional charge of $ 299.99 and $ 199.99, respectively. The MacBook Air 2020 will be available in silver, gold and space gray finishes.
The M1-powered MacBook Air 2020 can be ordered, shipping will begin on November 17, 2020.