Apple launched a new MacBook Air as its First Mac with a custom Silicon processor known as an M1 chip. The new MacBook Air is 3.5x quicker with graphic performance up to 5x than in the previous generation of MacBook Air.
With a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac Mini, the new MacBook Air is now available on Apple.com and on the Apple Store app for the order. The new MacBook Air will continue at $999 in the United States. Students and other educational clients can benefit from $899 prices.
Key features of the new MacBook Air:
- The M1 chip with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU
- An entirely quiet, fanless design
- CPUs up to 3.5 times faster, graphics up to 5 times quicker, and SSD up to 2 times faster
- Machine learning up to 9 times faster
- 13-inch Retina display with True Tone and P3 support for broad color gamut
- SSD storage with up to 2 TB and memory of up to 16 GB
- Battery life up to 18 hours
- Two 3/USB4 ports of Thunderbolt
- Touch ID, Magic Keyboard & Force Touch trackpad
- Wi-Fi 6
The first 3 Macs with M1 chips mark the beginning of the transition from Mac to Apple-Intel processors. Apple announced in June that it plans to use its custom Apple Silicon Mac Processors to deliver a successful industry-leading performance per watt. Apple has said that the transition has taken about two years.
Apple has meanwhile developed new Intel-based Macs, including the August release of a 27-inch iMac. In the coming years Apple said that new MacOS releases for Intel-based Macs will continue supported and released.