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Apple has announced a new MacBook Air, and it appears to be a relative bargain compared to previous models.

The latest starts at just $999, offering 256 GB of SSD storage instead of a paltry 128 GB. It also features a newly designed “Magic” keyboard with better scissor switches, as well as the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors for twice the performance. (Graphics performance is reportedly 80-percent faster thanks to the chip’s Iris Plus Graphics.)

“From students and consumers buying their first computer to customers looking to upgrade, everyone loves the Mac, and they especially love MacBook Air. Today we’re giving it a huge update, with two times faster performance, the new Magic Keyboard, double the storage, a new lower price of $999 and an even lower price of $899 for education,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing. “With its stunning, thin and light design, brilliant Retina display, all-day battery life and the power and ease-of-use of macOS, MacBook Air is the world’s best consumer notebook.”

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Faster Everyday Performance

Offering quad-core processors for the first time, MacBook Air now delivers even more speed across everyday activities, from organizing photos and creating presentations to editing videos. Featuring the latest 10th-generation Intel Core processors up to 1.2GHz quad-core Core i7 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8GHz, MacBook Air delivers up to two times faster performance when compared to the previous generation. And with Intel Iris Plus Graphics, MacBook Air now delivers up to 80 percent faster graphics performance, so graphics-intensive activities like playing games and editing video are faster than ever.

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New Magic Keyboard

MacBook Air now features the new Magic Keyboard, first introduced on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. A redesigned scissor mechanism delivers 1mm of key travel for a comfortable and stable key feel, while the new inverted-“T” arrangement for the arrow keys makes them easier to find without looking down. MacBook Air features a stunning unibody wedge design made from 100 percent recycled aluminum and comes in three finishes — gold, silver and space gray. The 13-inch Retina display delivers over 4 million pixels and millions of colors, so whether customers are reading an email, enjoying a movie or editing their photos, text is razor sharp and images are more true to life.

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Double the Storage

MacBook Air now starts with 256GB of storage, double that of the previous generation, so customers can store even more movies, photos and files. And for those who need even more storage capacity, MacBook Air offers up to a 2TB SSD, double the previous maximum storage.

The base MacBook Air starts at $999 and comes with an Intel Core i3 processor (3.2 GHz boost) and 256 GB of SSD storage. For $300 more ($1,299), users can get the Core i5 model (3.5 GHz boost) with 512 GB of SSD storage.

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2 Comments

  1. I guess the rumors of moving to ARM once again prove to be unsubstantiated. This would have been one of the ideal products to initiate a jump.

    Of course, they also just announced a new iPad Pro, with new keyboard/stand and trackpad support, so there is that too…

    Funny how either of them is less expensive than a new phone.

  2. And then there’s this

    [URL unfurl=”true”]https://9to5mac.com/2020/03/20/initial-macbook-air-benchmarks-show-up-to-63-faster-than-predecessor-but-not-as-fast-as-2018-ipad-pro/[/URL]

    Ok, I realize it’s not Apples to Apples (well it, is, haha) but…
    Almost surprising that Apple sticks with Intel for mobile devices anymore really.

    Also, new 2020 iPad Pro has the same CPU as the 2019, but does have revamped graphics cores. Kinda surprising they stuck with the A12 there, since the A13 is out in the iPhone 11, but can’t say it really lacks for performance or that there is really any competition to Apple’s A1x lineup.

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