MacBook Air Overview Updated March 31, 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 March 31

Apple has officially debuted a new MacBook Air that brings some of the first major changes to the laptop since Apple revitalized it in 2018. Read on as we compare the new 2020 MacBook Air against its predecessor, with details on performance, the new keyboard, and more.

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MacBook Air Stories March 27

Slowly but surely, Apple is migrating its Mac laptops off of the horrendous butterfly keyboard switches, and back to the reliable scissor switches that most people overwhelmingly prefer. Although the keyboard is without a doubt the star of the show for this year’s refresh, there are other top MacBook Air features to talk about in this hands-on video. expand full story

Ming-Chi Kuo had already predicted that the first ARM Mac will arrive as soon as the fourth quarter of this year. Unsurprisingly, Kuo says that even more Macs will transition to ARM in 2021 and beyond, including desktop machines, with Apple adopting an “aggressive processor-replacement strategy”.

Presumably, Apple will start with a lower-end laptop form factor and slowly work its way up the line. Kuo says that replacing Intel with ARM CPUs of Apple’s own design will bring significant cost savings as well as the expected performance and battery life gains.

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MacBook Air Stories March 25

iFixit is continuing on with its teardowns even amidst the current global health crisis. With the new MacBook Air comes Apple’s switch to the scissor switch Magic Keyboard and a few other changes making for a more repairable notebook than the last generation.

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A supply chain report indicates that demand for MacBooks and iPads remains positive despite the fact that most stores are closed and many consumers face financial concerns during the coronavirus outbreak.

While it’s just one measure, today’s report says that suppliers of Apple’s scissor-switch keyboard are continuing to ramp up production as per pre-coronavirus plans …

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MacBook Air Stories March 21

Apple this week introduced a new version of the MacBook Air, bringing not only internal performance improvements but also a redesigned scissor switch Magic Keyboard. Now that the MacBook Air and 16-inch MacBook Pro feature the new keyboard design, there’s one clear outlier: the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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