In addition to the new iPad professionals last week, Apple has also updated the MacBook Air, adding more storage space, faster 10th generation processors, and an updated keyboard. We selected one of the new machines to take a look at some of the upgrades added in Update 2020.
There are no real external changes to the design of the MacBook Air, but the casing is a bit thicker to accommodate the new keyboard. It is 0.63 inches thick at its thickest point, from 0.61 inches.
Still available in silver, space gray, and gold, it uses the same retina display that was first introduced when MacBook Air was redesigned in 201
Scissor switches are more reliable than butterfly switches and ares. It is not susceptible to the same failure due to dust and other small particles. In fact, prior to the MacBook and MacBook Pro updates that brought us the butterfly keyboard, MacBooks used scissor keyboards, making Apple revert to an old favorite.
The new keyboard feels good with its 1mm travel. But the keys are a bit softer, quieter, and muddy, so it may not be as satisfactory for some as the butterfly keyboard, but most people will appreciate the change and reliability improvements.
There are inverted T-arrow keys to make it easier to find by feel, and the keys have the same backlight as the 16-inch model " MacBook Pro ”. Next to the function keys is a Touch ID fingerprint sensor to unlock the Mac with one finger.
The "MacBook Air" still only has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, but 6K displays are now supported. So it works with Apple's Pro Display XDR when you need a $ 5,000 display for your $ 999 device.
The rest The changes to the "MacBook Air" are internal. It uses Intel's 10th generation chips and uses a quad-core i7 option, which according to Apple, the CPU performance compared to the MacBook Air Previous generation models doubled.
However, this Core i7 chip is a high-end upgrade and the base model we have on hand has a 10th generation 1.1 GHz dual-core Core i3 processor, and the increases in performance are much more modest.
GPU performance with the Intel Iris Plus graphics is up to 80 percent faster than GPU performance with the previous Intel UHD Graphics 617 , which represents a major leap for the basic model.
Apple has also increased the memory so that the "MacBook Air" now supports up to 2 TB of storage space. The base model has 256 GB of storage instead of 128 GB of storage, which is a lot considering the new lower starting price of $ 999. Entry-level computers, however, still have 8 GB of RAM, and the 16 GB upgrade costs $ 200.
With the drop in price, the memory upgrade, the GPU update and the new chips, the 2020 "MacBook Air" is a great entry-level device, ideal for people who do something for office work, surfing the Internet, consuming content, easy photo editing and need similar tasks that don't require the performance of the MacBook Pro.
For most consumers, the entry-level 2020 "MacBook Air" is more than sufficient and for a few hundred dollars it can be made future-proof with a little higher CPU speed and additional RAM.
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