In June, Apple announced its transition from Intel-based Macs to their own Silicon within the next few years. Today, Apple has released their first Macs to house these chips, one of which being, the consumer popular MacBook Air.
The new MacBook Air uses Apple’s new M1 processor. Apple boasts that compared to its previous generation Intel counterpart, the new MacBook Air delivers 3.5x the CPU performance, 5x the GPU performance, and a staggering 18 hours of video playback while having 0! fans in the chassis (yes, fanless!).
On the surface, the new MacBook Air stays the same with regards to design, however, Apple has finally given the Air TouchID functionality. The keyboard also received a minor re-design to the function keys, adding Spotlight, Dictation, and Do Not Disturb, which in turn replaced Launchpad and Keyboard brightness. The Macbook’s facetime camera has also been improved via the M1’s processing power. Apple has also improved the Retina-quality of the Macbook Air with P3 wide color coverage.
The new silicon processor boasts a massive 3.5x CPU performance than the previous-gen, 5x the GPU performance, as well as boasting 3x the performance of a Windows Laptop equivalent.
The M1 chip has an 8-core CPU chip, divided into 4 high-performance cores and 4 low power cores for ultimate efficiency. There is no mention of the speed of these cores, however, Apple has mentioned that these are the “world’s fastest” CPU cores.
As for RAM, Apple has given the MacBook Air 8GB of “unified memory” which can be upgraded up to 16GB.
Apple introduced a new storage controller within the M1 chip, which will boast 2x faster SSD speeds. Storage begins at 256GB but can be upgraded all the way to 2TB.
Battery & Power
Now, this is truly incredible, Apple says, with M1, the Macbook Air has up to 15 hours of web browsing, 18 hours of video playback, and 2x video conferencing battery life. Staggering.
The MacBook Air starts at $999, and for those in education, it gets lowered to $899.