Just last year, Apple surprised fans with a newly-launched 16-inch MacBook Pro. It was big and spectacular, a device created with developers, photographers, filmmakers and music producers in mind. And while the rest of us could only marvel at such a device, it seems we have now been granted another reliable laptop from Apple: the revamped MacBook Air.
Apple have shown the model a whole lot of love, giving it a scissor-switch keyboard now termed the “Magic Keyboard”, along with 10-thgen Intel Ice Lake processors that offer double the performance. The new upgrades also see the MacBook Air start with 256GB of storage, allowing customers to store more of their movies, music, photos and files. And with its 13-inch Retina display, images are displayed in vivid colour and clarity, along with text. Touch ID allows for easy login and secure purchases, while a trackpad and all-daybattery life combine to make it the best MacBook Air ever made.
It’s a snazzy laptop that also happens to be incredibly reliable and aesthetically pleasing. So, just what other features does it boast?
With quad-core processors, the new MacBook Air delivers even more speed across everyday activities. Now, organising files and creating presentations are a breeze, and there’s no slowing down when it comes to video editing either. This is largely thanks to the latest 10th-generation Intel Core processors up to 1.2GHz quad-core Core i7 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8GHz.
It might sound like a mouthful, but it all makes for a MacBook Air that delivers up to two times faster performance compared to the previous generation. Now also featuring Intel Iris Plus Graphics, the new device also delivers up to 80 per cent faster graphics performance, which makes it an incredible model for those avid gamers or video editing enthusiasts.
The new model comes with Apple T2 Security Chip, which checks that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with and ensures everything stored on the SSD has gone through data encryption. This means the MacBook Air offers one of the most secure boot processes of any notebook on the market. The T2 also protects Touch ID information, securing the information and passwords of customers.
Starting with 256GB of storage, the MacBook Air offers double that of its predecessor. And for those who have more ambitious plans for their laptop, they can upgrade to a MacBook Air with storage capacities of 2TB SSD, double the previous maximum storage.
First introduced with the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air now gets the Magic Keyboard, too. As Apple notes, a redesigned scissor mechanism delivers 1mm of key travel for a comfortable and stable key feel, while the new inverted-“T” arrangement for the arrow keys makes them easier to find.
The 13-inch Retina display offers over 4 million pixels and millions of colours, so whether customers are reading an email, enjoying a movie or editing photos, images appear true to life as does the text.
The MacBook Air also includes a three-mic array for more clear voice capture for FaceTime calls; a Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and multi-touch navigation; thunderbolt 3 ports for data transfer, charging and video output in a single connector; support for up to 6K external display; and advanced stereo speakers for immersive, wide stereo sound.
The MacBook Air retails at $999 and is available to order today on Apple’s website, with the model expected to arrive in stores from next week.