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MacBook Air Powered by Apple Silicon M1 Unveiled

MacBook Air Powered by Apple Silicon M1 Unveiled

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In Apple’s “One More Thing” Event, they had launched the three new mac devices powered by their M1 chip. One of them was the MacBook Air. MacBook Air is Apple’s thinnest and lightest notebook available, and with M1, it is one heck of a beast.

The device sports a 13.3″ Retina Display with 2560×1600 native resolution, 400 nits brightness and True Tone Technology.

MacBook Air – Powered by M1 chip

MacBook Air 2020 comes with Apple Silicon M1 chip, but here is something you won’t be knowing. The device will be coming in two variants. Both will be coming with Apple M1 chip, but the lower variant will be having 7-Core GPU whereas the bigger brother will be consisting of 8-Core GPU. You are also getting a more secure MacBook with the Secure Enclave.

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Source: Apple

Claims by Apple:

  • CPU Speeds up to 3.5X faster
  • GPU Speeds up to 5X faster
  • Most advanced Neural Engine for up to 9X faster Machine Learning

The device comes with 8GB of RAM, expandable up to 16GB, which will cost you ₹20K extra in India. The base storage in both the variants is 256GB SSD and 512GB SSD respectively, upgradable up to 2TB. The SSDs are 2 times faster than than the previous MacBook SSD. Again you need to invest a lot for more space.

Improved Battery Performance

Another highlight of the MacBook Air is the Battery Performance. Apple claims that the device can run up to 15 hours with wireless web and up to 18 hours with Apple TV app movie playback. The device comes with 49.9-watt-hour Lithium-Polymer Battery and 30W USB C Power Adapter. The improve in battery performance is insane. Users can continue with their work even when they are travelling, without worrying about the battery.

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Source: Apple

MacBook Air comes with a silent and fanless design, in three different colours: Gold, Silver, & Space Grey. You will also get the latest macOS BigSur in it. You can even connect iOS apps from your iPad and iPhone to your MacBook now. Not only this, it also comes with Wifi 6 and can connect to a 6K external display.

MacBook Air Pricing

If we talk about pricing, the story remains the same. Though the MacBook Air costs $999, in India, the base variant costs you ₹93K. The bigger brother with 8-Core GPU and 512GB SSD costs you ₹118K. Now if you are willing to customize it to 16GB RAM or 1TB SSD, you need to pay ₹20K more for each. The pricing is high as usual, but if you are buying the MacBook for ₹93K, you won’t mind investing more.

Takeaway

This generation MacBook Air is better and more optimized, whether it be speed, battery or performance. On paper, the device looks perfect, but we need to wait for some real-life experience and benchmark score. MacBook Air is up for sales on Apple Store and will be available from next week to the users. You can check it out if you are interested in buying one.

 

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