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We can say goodbye to Apple in 2020 because the company just put the finishing touches during the “One More Thing” showcase. The company made a spectacle of their brand-new processor, the Apple M1, which is a guarantee of the company’s independence from Intel, and a new version for all laptops: MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and also the Mac Mini. Any gadget from the fresh lineup includes new ARM-based CPUs.

New is better

What is so innovative about the new processor is that it’s a 5nm processor, just like A14 Bionic in the latest iPhones, but it was developed to replace Intel chips in the next-gen Mac devices. The company made a loud assessment that the M1 has the capacity of the world’s four fastest CPU cores mated with four high-efficiency cores – so it’ll be equal to the perfect balance between performance and efficiency. Apple also remarked that there are no stronger CPUs in the world that can suppress M1 in performance per watt.

The design of the new MacBook Air doesn’t have any jaw-dropping differences. It’s the same Air we used to see: 2.8 pounds and 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.16-0.63 inches; equal to its forebear. It doesn’t even show a contrast when you put both the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro together. Because one and another have identical features, except the revolutionary new fan the MacBook Pro has. 

Apple M1
Apple M1 specs

Returning back to the new CPU, Apple gives an impressive number that its new processor is more agile than “98 percent of PC laptops sold in the last year”. Besides, in comparison with the Intel MacBook Air, it’s up to three and a half times faster. With the new laptop, you’ll get a boost in graphic performance, faster machine learning, and two times faster SSD performance. 

A new 49.9 Whr battery is paired with a 30W USB-C power adapter, providing your laptop with 15 hours of web browsing and 18 hours of video playback to a charge. With such an improvement, you can hold a video call twice as long. 

Briefly about MacBook Air

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A new MacBook Air with M1. Image credit: cnet.com

The Verge gave a brief introduction in the Air’s specs, saying that the laptop comes with a 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina display with P3 wide color gamut support, and 400 nits of brightness, plus not a butterfly but a scissor-switch keyboard and up to 16GB of memory and 2TB of internal storage. Going into it more thoroughly, you’ll see Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, and Touch ID support. Apple didn’t get rid of the headphone jack – big respect – and it leaves two Thunderbolt ports. 

The new MacBook Air comes with the same 720p camera, though the M1 should provide a more polished picture because of the new image signal processor (ISP). It diminishes noises, improves dynamic range, regulates white balance, and provides more accurate face detection.

As we mentioned before, Apple’s new processor is a metaphor for independence from its Intel addiction. Apple’s computers have been using Intel’s hardware since 2005. The company hopes the replacement process will take two years.

Better performance and power efficiency is not the biggest advantage of the new processor. The ARM system can run both iOS and iPadOS apps on macOS. Apple has also put a hand on its own programs such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, to support its silicon. During its June event, Apple gave a first glance of Lightroom and Photoshop performance on its new Macs. 

The price tag for the new MacBook Air sets up at $999, and $899; the same starting price as the previous MacBook Air released in March. It’s available on November 17, but you can order it today.

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