Apple today updated the MacBook Air with the new keyboard found on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, as well as new processors and a starting price of $999. It's also now starting at 256GB of storage, a double jump from the previous 128GB.
MacBook Air (2020) Specs
|CPU||Up to 1.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Plus|
|Display||13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600|
|Storage||Up to 2TB SSD|
|RAM||Up to 16GB LPDDR4X|
|Keyboard||Magic Keyboard with TouchID|
|Wireless||802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0|
Apple hasn't formally listed the names of the new processors, other than that they're 10th Gen Intel. But support for LPDDR4X RAM and Iris Plus graphics on board suggest they're using Intel's Ice Lake chips.
The Magic Keyboard continues Apple's move away from the butterfly switches that were often maligned by critics and towards the scissor switches that were welcomed back in the 16-inch MacBook Pro. This laptop also has Touch ID to log in with your fingerprint.
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The $999 starting price nets you a 1.1-GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 (configurable to an i5) and 256GB of storage, while for $1,299 you can move up to a 1.1-GHz, quad-core Core i5 chip (configurable to an i7) and 512GB of storage.
Otherwise, not too much has changed. It still comes in gold, space gray and silver in a thin-and-light chassis. It doesn't look like we're getting the amazing speakers from the 16-inch MacBook Pro, but the keyboard along may be enough to convince some who were waiting for a change.
Additionally, Apple today quietly announced it is doubling the storage on its Mac Mini configurations.
In fact, yes.
Here is a $545 Chromebook that has a 4c/8t i5 and the same 8gb ram. It has a smaller SSD but included a hdd for more total storage.
This is half the cost, performs better, and has a touchscreen, something i feel a $1000 Macbook should have.
Maybe 10nm is finally going to make a proper debut. Can't wait to see the teardowns on the new air, Guess ram is still going to be soldered in place, but wonder on the SSD, whether that can be swapped out or if it has some encryption locking chip that forces Only Apple storage(Latest mac pro seems to suggest apple is locking more and more of the hardware down).