The new MacBook Air features Apple’s latest M1 processor—which is Apple’s first custom silicon chip for the Mac. It offers considerable improvements in power and efficiency. It features up to 8-core CPU and GPU alongside a 16-core Neural Engine.
With 8 cores, the new Air delivers up to 5 times faster performance. It’s faster than 98% of PC laptops sold in the last year, Apple says.
Tasks like viewing high res images or importing large files are super quick.
It delivers all this performance without a fan meaning it’s silent and offers 15 hours of web browsing and 18 hours of video playback. You can go twice as long on a single charge with the MacBook Air, thanks to the 49.9-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery.
Apple’s Image Signal processor comes to the Mac courtesy of the new M1 chip. Your FaceTime calls will finally look better.
Apple said the new processor will share a common arm64 architecture as the iPhone and iPad, meaning iOS and iPadOS apps will now readily run on the new Mac. However, according to a recent 9To5Mac report, not all apps will be cross-compatible at launch. Some developers have reportedly opted out of the cross-compatibility and their apps won’t be available on the Mac at least for the time being.
The new MacBook also features Rosetta 2, which is a framework that allows apps optimized for Intel’s processors to run on Apple Silicon as well, without developers needing to implicitly update them.
The new MacBook Air costs $999. $899 for Education. It’s available to pre-order starting today and will launch next week.