Apple has announced the MacBook Air 2020 at the Apple Event that comes in powered with the Apple’s new M1 processor designed specifically for the Macs, that is built on the same architecture as the A14 chipset for latest iPhones and iPads but it has a different architecture than the current Intel processors available in previous MacBook models.
Apple says that its M1 processors has four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores that offers more power and longevity, the company also claims that its chip offers the world’s best performance per watt of any CPU with instant wake up speeds, so you laptop turns on as soon as you open it.
The new Apple MacBook Air comes with the same 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600 pixels resolution) Retina display with P3 wide color gamut support and 400 nits of brightness with a backlit Magic Keyboard and up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of internal storage.
On connectivity, it offers Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, Touch ID, two USB-C ports as well as a headphone jack. The company says that the users will get the longest battery life ever on a MacBook Air with 15 hours of wireless web browsing and 18 hours of video playback in a single charge that is an increase of about 25% over MacBook Air with Intel chipsets.
Apple claims that its MacBook Air is faster than “98 percent of PC laptops sold in the last year.” with up to 3.5 times faster than the MacBook Air released earlier this year, with up to five times faster graphics performance, nine times faster machine learning workloads, and two times faster SSD performance. (Apple did not revealed which devices it took in comparisons).
It also offers the same 720p video camera as its predecessor but the company says that it will provide better results using the M1’s new image signal processor (ISP) improving noise reduction, dynamic range, auto white balance, and face detection.
The base model of the new MacBook Air is priced at $999 with seven-core GPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage while the model with eight-core GPU, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is available for $1,249 in the United States.
The maxed out variant of the MacBook Air is available for $2,049 that comes in with 16GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. Apple is also offering Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X for an extra $299.99 and $199.99 respectively.
It is available in the same gold, silver and space gray color options.