The MacBook Air with M1 processor is Apple’s first Mac computer. The MacBook Air is the most famous Mac and the best-selling 13-inch notebook in the world, so this shouldn’t be a significant surprise. The layout appears to be the same as in the last generation, but Intel processors are dropped in favour of the M1 architecture.

According to Apple, you will receive a fanless, utterly silent laptop with up to 3.5 times the CPU performance of the previous-generation Air and up to 5 times quicker graphics. Also reported to be two times speedier are the SSDs.

Apple Macbook Air Review

Along with the significantly enhanced performance, the battery life has been improved. The new MacBook Air has a battery life of up to 15 hours for Wi-Fi web surfing and 18 hours for offline movie playback. This is the most extended battery life for a MacBook Air and is 6 hours longer than its predecessor. Additionally, Apple claims that you may make video calls for twice as long on a single charge as previously (without mentioning numbers here).

The laptop’s 13.3-inch 2560×1600 Retina Display, which also boasts True Tone technology and 400 nits of brightness, now supports the P3 colour space. There is built-in Wi-Fi 6, Touch ID is still functional, and there are two Thunderbolt connectors that support USB 4.

General

Apple Macbook Air Img
Weight1.29 kg (2.84 lbs)
Dimensions304.1 x 212.4 x 16.1 mm
11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches
Area646 cm2 (100.1 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio~79.4%
Side bezels8.8 mm
ColoursSilver, Gold, Gray
TransformerNo
Cooling systemPassive
Vapor chamberYes

Apple Macbook Air – Display

Apple Macbook Display
Size13.3 inches
TypeIPS LCD
Refresh rate60 Hz
PPI227 PPI
Aspect ratio16:10
Resolution2560 x 1600 pixels
HDR supportYes, HDR10
TouchscreenNo
CoatingGlossy (Antireflective)
Max. brightness400 nits
Contrast1069:1
sRGB colour space99.8%
Adobe RGB profile85.9%
DCI-P3 colour gamut98.6%
Response time35 ms

Battery

Capacity49.9 Wh
Voltage11.4 V
Full charging time2:23 hr
Battery typeLi-Po
ReplaceableNo
Fast chargingYes
USB Power DeliveryYes
Charging port positionLeft
Charge power30 W
Cable length2 meters
Weigh of AC adapter172 gramm

CPU

M1 Chip Macbook Air
CPU NameApple M1
Base frequency2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.2 GHz
Cores8
Threads8
Integrated GPUApple M1 GPU
Fabrication process5 nm

Apple Macbook Air – Benchmarks

Single-Core Score1706
Multi-Core Score7422

Graphics Card

Apple Macbook
GPU NameApple M1 GPU (8-core)
TGP15 W
TypeIntegrated
Fabrication process5 nm
GPU base clock450 MHz
GPU boost clock1278 MHz
FLOPS2.6 TFLOPS
Memory sizeSystem Shared
Memory typeLPDDR4X
Memory bus128 bit
Memory speed4.27 Gbps
Shading units (cores)1024
Texture mapping units (TMUs)64
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs)32

Apple Macbook Air – RAM

RAM Size8GB / 16GB
Channels2×4 GB
Clock4266 MHz
TypeLPDDR4X
UpgradableNo

Storage

Storage
Storage Size256GB / 512GB / 1TB / 2TB
BusCustom
Storage typeSSD (M2)
Channels1×256 GB
UpgradableNo
NVMeYes

Sound

Speakers2.0
Dolby AtmosYes
Loudness79.6 dB
Microphones3

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standardv6
Bluetoothv5
FingerprintYes
Optical driveNo
WebcamAbove the display
Webcam resolution1280 x 720
Apple Macbook
USB-ANo
USB Type-C2x USB 3.1
ThunderboltThunderbolt 3
HDMINo
DisplayPortNo
VGANo
Audio jack (3.5 mm)Yes
Ethernet (RJ45)No
SD card readerNo
Proprietary charging portNo

Pre-orders for the MacBook Air with M1 began today at $999; for educational users, the price will be $899 and higher. The entry-level model has 256GB of storage, an M1 chip with 8 CPU cores and 7 GPU cores, and 8GB of RAM. You must pay an extra $250 to get a second GPU core and twice the storage space.

The laptop, which runs macOS Big Sur, will be available in Space Gray, gold, and silver starting next week.

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