MacBook Air Overview Updated February 25, 2021

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Most recently refreshed in 2020, Apple’s MacBook Air ($999 and up) started out as a significantly slimmer, lighter, and more expensive alternative to the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

MacBook Air Specs and Performance

The current Air now replaces the butterfly keyboard with a Magic Keyboard similar to what Apple debuted in the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The internal specs have also been given a boost.

The new Air features the latest 10th-generation Intel CPUs with up to 1.2GHz quad-core i7. Apple has updated the default storage size on the Air to include 256 GB for no additional charge. Previous generations only included 128 GB of flash storage.

Other features include a headphone jack, 2 Thunderbolt ports (USB-C), and a screen resolution of 2560-by-1600 with over 4 million pixels. It’s claimed to be 48% brighter than the previous generation.

If you are looking to connect your Air to an external display, be sure to check our guide to help understand how many (and what type) can be connected.

Initial benchmarks show up to 63% faster than the predecessor, but not as fast as 2018 iPad Pro.

MacBook Air Pricing

The MacBook Air (2020) starts at $999, but there are upgrade options to boost the processor, add more RAM (16 GB), and storage (up to 2 TB).

Apple offers an education pricing of $899 on the stock model, but also offers a $799 model with 128 GB of flash storage that they only sell directly to K-12 school

MacBook Air Reviews

Reviews of Apple’s low-cost laptop are very positive.

Dana Wollman (Engadget) offers heaps of praise for the new keyboard, though she notes it’s a tad noisy:

If you can’t tell, I love this keyboard. I won’t be returning to my company-issued MacBook Pro unless I need to use the VPN. Just know that the slight trade-off to this new and improved typing experience is that it’s a tad noisy. It’s not a problem when I’m working alone in my apartment, but if I were in an office or coworking space I might feel a little self-conscious.

Jason Snell at SixColors points out that the new $999 entry-level price point for the MacBook Air is what Apple should have done a few years ago. The inclusion of more powerful configuration options also makes the MacBook Air a viable choice for everyone.

MacBook Air Deals

Over at 9to5Toys, you can find the best deals on the MacBook Air and other Apple products. Download the 9to5Toys iPhone app to receive push notifications for new deals as well.

MacBook Air Stories February 25

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.2.2. to the public today with a fix for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air users. Apple says the update “prevents” certain models from “incurring damage” when they are connected to third-party USB-C hubs and docks.

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MacBook Air Stories February 23

One day after it started selling the refurbished M1 MacBook Pro, Apple has also now started selling the M1 MacBook Air via its Certified Refurbished store. The M1 MacBook Air starts at $849 in refurbished condition, a savings of $150.

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MacBook Air Stories February 3

CalDigit’s new USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ‘Element Hub’ adds 7 ports to your MacBook

CalDigit is out today with an interesting new compact USB 4/Thunderbolt 4/USB-C dock. The Element Hub adds lots of I/O and bandwidth to connect your MacBook with new and legacy devices and 4K/8K displays.

MacBook Air Stories January 26

Apple already makes a titanium Apple Watch, but a patent granted today could pave the way for titanium MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones too.

The patent describes how Apple could overcome the challenge of giving titanium an aesthetically pleasing finish, and follows a patent granted last month regarding a method of making a true matte black MacBook

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MacBook Air Stories December 23, 2020

On the whole, Apple’s M1 MacBooks and Mac mini have been a hit with big improvements across the board. However, the improvements never end and Apple has been asking early M1 MacBook customers a list of questions in a new survey including what they would change about the new generation of computers. How about you, what would like to see with the next iteration of M1 MacBooks?

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MacBook Air Stories December 4, 2020

If you’ve ever wished Apple made matte black MacBooks, a new patent shows that the company is at least considering the idea.

Apple begins by explaining the likely reason it hasn’t yet done it: it’s really hard to get a true black, rather than a dark grey …

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