MacBook Air Overview Updated June 21, 2020

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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 June 21

Video tests MacBook Air thermal and CPU performance with improved cooling design

A new video from Linus Tech Tips today sheds light on the MacBook Air’s thermal design and how various different tweaks can affect performance and heat dissipation. The results show an increase in performance, but not quite as you would expect.

MacBook Air Stories June 17

Some users of the latest MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models available are complaining about a compatibility issue with USB 2.0 accessories, which causes the computer to freeze. According to the reports shared on the web, the problem seems to affect only the MacBook models introduced in 2020.

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MacBook Air Stories June 3

Although I love using the 16-inch MacBook Pro as my primary workhorse, one of the most frustrating things about using an Apple laptop is how easily the display gets dirty. For years I used to struggle with cleaning my MacBook Pro display, but over the past few years I like to think I’ve finally perfected the screen-cleaning technique.

If you’re looking for the best way to clean your MacBook display, then look no further than this tutorial. In the end, I think you’ll agree, there’s simply no reason to tolerate using a MacBook with a dirty screen.

In this hands-on video walkthrough, I’ll show you my go-to method for keeping my MacBook Pro screen clean, and the products involved to make it happen.

Update: I updated this tutorial to remove the part about spraying cleaner directly on the display. Several commenters (rightly) called this out, and I adjusted the video and post accordingly. Thank you for your feedback.

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MacBook Air Stories May 11

Hyper is out today with an update to one of its most popular I/O products, the HyperDrive Duo 7-in-2 USB-C Hub. The new hub features HDMI video output of 4K @ 60Hz, a removable grip to work with MacBook cases and a more secure connection to your MacBook, 2 USB-C ports with up to 100W charging and 40Gbps data transfer, microSD card reader, and more.

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MacBook Air Stories May 6

As I noted in my initial hands-on impressions with the $999 MacBook Air, this base model MacBook Air is a good option for Mac users in search of a no-frills laptop experience. If you’re the type who primarily uses a laptop for everyday tasks like web browsing, writing, spreadsheets, and other things of that ilk, then the MacBook Air is more than capable of handling such needs.

Should you consider the 2020 MacBook Air? Should you upgrade if you’re coming from one of the last two updates? Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for the details. expand full story

MacBook Air Stories May 4

After launching an updated MacBook Air with the new Magic Keyboard back in March, Apple released its new 13-inch MacBook Pro today with the same improved keyboard and a few other updates. Not sure which MacBook to pick up? Read on for a detailed MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air comparison to make the right decision.

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