Apple unveiled its all-new MacBook Air at its One More Thing event yesterday. The MacBook Air for the first time is powered by Apple’s own M1 chip with the company moving away from Intel processors. Apple has kept the pricing the same as the previous MacBook Air which means the retail price starts at $999.
The new MacBook Air comes in space gray, silver and gold colours just like the old one. The base model has a 7-core GPU with 256GB of internal storage and an 8GB of RAM. The 8-core models with 512GB internal storage and 8GB of RAM have a starting price of $1,249 while the maxed-out configuration of 2TB and 16GB RAM will retail for $2,049.
Apple says the M1 chip is “by far the most powerful chip” it has ever made. With macOS Big Sur, it “delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU, up to 6x faster GPU, up to 15x faster machine learning (ML) capabilities, and battery life up to 2x longer than before.” The is the best battery yet in any MacBook Air with 15 hours of wireless web browsing and 18 hours of video playback, a four- and six-hour difference respectively, compared to the MacBook Air with an Intel processor.
The new MacBook Air comes with the same screen specification as the previous model and supports Apple’s Magic Keyboard as well. It comes with Touch ID support, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. There are two Thunderbolt ports with USB 4 support on the side for connectivity to a wide range of peripherals.
By switching to Arm-based Macs, Apple’s MacBook Air will feature improved efficiency and better battery life over the previous models with Intel processors. Pre-order is underway already and the new system and the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, both will start shipping November 17th. It will be launching with macOS Big Sur which Apple says will give “access to more software and apps than ever before.”