Apple has launched an updated MacBook Air powered by 10th generation Intel processors for faster performance and a new Magic keyboard. The base model storage has been bumped up to 256GB from 128GB. Thanks to the performance upgrades, MacBook Air can now support up to a 6K external display, including Apple’s Pro Display XDR.
The new MacBook Air is powered by 10th generation Intel Core processors which give 2x faster performance. The base model ships with a 1.1GHz dual-core Core i3 processor, and it can be equipped with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Core i7 processor. Intel Iris Plus Graphics deliver eighty percent better graphics performance than before, making activities like video editing, playing games and every day tasks much faster and easier than before.
The storage capacity now starts with 256GB in the new MacBook Air, which is twice the size offered in the previous models. For additional storage, MacBook Air also offers up to a 2TB SSD, for an additional price.
MacBook Air now ships with a scissor-mechanism based Magic Keyboard, which Apple had first introduced in the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The scissor-mechanism has 1mm of key travel, designed to provide more stability and comfort when typing. Apple has also used an inverted ‘T’ arrangement for arrow keys, which makes it much better to use them without looking at the keyboard. Apple reintroduced scissor-mechanism switches because they are more reliable and resilience dust and small particles, as opposed to butterfly switches, which were universally disliked by users because of their unreliability and stability issues.
Beside the latest features, the new MacBook Air has an Apple T2 Security Chip which ensures secure boot process and storage to protect user data. The chip also protects Touch ID information which is used for online purchases and passwords. It still ships with 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports. Users still have to rely on dongles to use SD cards.
Apple has kept the same old design and Retina display, with no changes. The company claims that its battery will last for 11 hours on single charge. It’s certain that this number can only be achieved if you use Apple’s own apps and not resource hogging apps like Google Chrome.
Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing. “With its stunning, thin and light design, brilliant Retina display, all-day battery life and the power and ease-of-use of macOS, MacBook Air is the world’s best consumer notebook.”
After a long time, MacBook Air is back to being one of the best options when shopping for notebooks. Its light weight and size make it easy to travel with, and the performance boosting upgrades have made it a fast machine to work on. The price reduction and storage increase are also pleasant surprises. For $999, customers are offered some of the best features in the industry. Apple is also offering special pricing for students, starting from $899.