New Apple Macbook Air Launched for under 900 dollars, Specs, Features, Review

New Apple Macbook Air Launched for 899 dollars.

Highlights

  • Stunning 13.3-inch Retina display with True Tone technology

  • Backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID

  • Tenth-generation Intel Core i3 processor

  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics

  • Fast SSD storage

  • 8GB of memory

  • Stereo speakers with wider stereo sound

  • Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports

  • Up to 11 hours of battery life

  • Force Touch trackpad



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Features


Light. Speed.

The incredibly thin and light MacBook Air is now more powerful than ever. It features a brilliant Retina display, new Magic Keyboard, Touch ID, processors with up to twice the performance, faster graphics, and double the storage capacity. The sleek wedge-shaped design is created from 100 percent recycled aluminum, making it the greenest Mac ever. And with all-day battery life, our most popular Mac is your perfectly portable, do-it-all notebook.

Retina Display

With a resolution of 2560-by-1600 for over 4 million pixels, the results are positively jaw dropping. Images take on a new level of detail and realism. Text is sharp and clear. And True Tone technology automatically adjusts the white point of the display to match the color temperature of your environment — making web pages and email look as natural as the printed page. With millions of colors, everything you see is rich and vibrant. The display glass goes right to the edge of the enclosure, so you can focus on what’s on your screen. And you’re going to love what you see.


Performance

MacBook Air packs heavy-duty performance into just 2.8 pounds. The available quad-core Intel Core i7 processor delivers up to 2x faster CPU performance and up to 80 percent faster graphics performance,to help you power through everything from browsing the web to playing games to editing video. Up to 16GB of high-performance 3733MHz memory lets you work seamlessly even with multiple apps open. The fast SSD storage starts at 256GB — double the capacity of the previous standard configuration. And it can be configured with up to 2TB, providing plenty of room for all your movies, music, photos, files, and games.


Keyboard

MacBook Air now features the new Magic Keyboard, first seen on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The refined scissor mechanism with 1 mm of travel delivers a responsive, comfortable, and quiet typing experience. The inverted-T arrow keys help you fly through lines of code, spreadsheets, or game environments. And the backlit keys with ambient light sensor help you type in low-light settings.

Force Touch Trackpad

The Force Touch trackpad is one of the best in the world. It lets you interact with your Mac in a variety of ways based on subtle differences in pressure. You have precise control and a uniform response — no matter where you click the trackpad — as well as plenty of room for Multi-Touch gestures like pinch and zoom. Your fingers will feel right at home.

Touch ID

The advanced security and convenience of Touch ID are built right into MacBook Air. Simply place your finger on the Touch ID sensor and — just like that — your Mac unlocks. Use your fingerprint to immediately access locked documents, notes, and system settings, without entering yet another password. Online shopping is even easier — select Apple Pay at checkout, and with just one touch you’re done. No need to enter shipping or billing info, and your card details are never shared. With Touch ID, your private information stays private.

Apple T2 Security Chip

MacBook Air features the Apple T2 Security Chip — second-generation custom Mac silicon designed by Apple to make MacBook Air even more secure. So when you use Touch ID to unlock your Mac, authenticate a document, or pay a merchant online, your information stays safe. With on-the-fly data encryption, all your data stored on the SSD is automatically and fully encrypted. And thanks to the T2 Security Chip, MacBook Air features a familiar voice — Hey Siri is always ready to open apps, find documents, play music, and answer your questions.

Speakers and Camera

With the latest in processing and tuning techniques, MacBook Air sounds better than ever. Stereo speakers deliver twice the bass and 25 percent more volume.3And wider stereo sound creates immersive audio when you’re listening to music or watching a movie. The FaceTime camera lets one — or many — of your friends and family members see you in high definition. And three microphones form an array that more accurately captures your voice for FaceTime calls, dictation, and talking to Siri.


Thunderbolt 3

Thunderbolt 3 combines ultra-high bandwidth with the ultra-versatility of the USB-C industry standard to create one revved-up universal port — and MacBook Air has two of them. Thunderbolt 3 integrates data transfer, charging, and video output in a single connector, delivering up to 40Gb/s of throughput for twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2. Existing devices are easily connected with a cable or adapter. And Thunderbolt 3 is reversible, so no matter how you plug it in, it’s always right side up.

macOS Catalina

Featuring dedicated apps for music, TV, and podcasts, smart new features in the apps you use every day, and Sidecar, which lets you use iPad as a second Mac display.

Materials

MacBook Air is made with an aluminum alloy created by Apple that delivers the same strength, durability, and flawless finish — without mining any new aluminum from the earth. It’s designed to use shavings of recaptured aluminum that are re-engineered down to the atomic level. The result is an enclosure as incredibly beautiful and strong as any we have made.


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Review

I ordered my MacBook Air from Apple within an hour of its announcement and have been enjoying it for a few days. I'm upgrading from a 2018 retina MacBook Air, and the 2020 model is a very worthwhile upgrade for a few reasons.


First, the new keyboard really lives up to the hype. I didn't hate the butterfly keyboard, but I didn't like typing on it nearly as much as the scissor-mechanism keyboards of the older MacBook Airs and pre-2016 MacBook pros. Plus, I've had two machines with the butterfly keyboard (the other was the 2016 MB Pro with Touch Bar, that my employer provided me to use at work). Both had problems with repeating keys, and in the case of Pro I use at work, some key presses randomly triggered some of the Touch Bar functions.


The keyboard on my new MacBook Air is, to me, much more comfortable to type on, and that's important - my job requires me to do a ton of writing - especially now that I'm working remotely from home. (I teach at a small college in Wisconsin, and like all colleges except Liberty University we are now teaching online only.)


The 2018 MB Air felt a bit underpowered to me, and you could not custom-order it with a better processor. (Ditto for the 2019 Air). So I was really happy that the new Air has different processor options. I got the middle one, the quad-core i5 and my 2020 Air feels ridiculously fast compared to the 2018 model. I don't really need the extra power right now, but having it will extend the useful life of the computer by a couple years, probably. The quad-core i5 processor is only $100 more than the base processor, a dual-core i3. It's a worthwhile upgrade for anyone who can afford it. I don't recommend the i7, thought. It costs $150 more than the i5 but published benchmarks show that it's only slightly faster. The i5 is the sweet spot.


When school shut down a couple weeks ago, I brought home the 2016 MB Pro that school provided me for work. I now have it next to the new MB Air. The Air's display is not quite as bright or color-rich as the MB Pro's display. But it is still fantastic, high-resolution, and the True Tone feature makes it look better than the Retina display on my 2018 MB Air. I watched the first 20 minutes of Mad Max Fury Road on the new Air and it looked great. The speakers are totally adequate, though as with any laptop or iPad I usually use headphones or external speakers when I'm doing serious listening or watching a movie.


Some people need the absolute best display on a MacBook though, for professional photo or video editing, and those people should get a Pro. The current 13" MB Pro has a relatively low starting price, weighs only 2/10 of a pound more than the Air, and has approximately the same footprint as the Air, so it's just as portable. But the 13" Pro still has the butterfly keyboard.. There's a good chance Apple will update the 13" Pro with the new keyboard, so if you want a Pro and you don't need it immediately, it's probably a good idea to postpone the purchase.


Back to the new Air. The only thing I don't like that much is the webcam. Now that I'm working remotely, I'm participating in video conferencing and video calls every day with students and professors using Zoom, Skype, and Google Chat/Hangouts/Meet. The webcam on this machine is mediocre. It's satisfactory, but Apple has put much higher-quality webcams in other products for years. My iPad & iPhone have better selfie cameras. In normal times, I would rarely use the camera on a computer; I use my iPhone & iPad for Skyping with my friends & family. So it's not a big deal for me. But it might be for you.


But for the things that matter to me - the keyboard, the option to get a speedy quad-core processor for an extra $100, the Retina display - the 2020 MB Air gets all these things right. I mean, really really right. And compared to last year's model, it's $100 cheaper but comes with double the hard drive capacity. Win!


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