In addition to the new iPad Pros, Apple also updated its MacBook Air last week, adding more storage, a faster 10th-generation processor and an updated keyboard. We chose one of the new machines to review some of the updates that were added to the 2020 update.
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The wise design says there is no real exterior change to the body of the MacBook Air, though it is only slightly thicker to accommodate the new keyboard. At the thicker point, 0.63 inches thick, 0.61 inches up.
Still available in silver, space gray and gold, it uses the same Retina display that was first introduced to redesign the 2018 MacBook Air. Most of the news is internal, but there is a brand new magic keyboard with scissor switches, the same keyboard that was added to the 16-inch MacBook Pro released last October.
Scissor switches are more reliable than butterfly switches and, due to dust and other small particles, are not prone to the same failure. In fact, the scissor shift keyboard was used in MacBooks before the 2015 and 2016 MacBook and MacBook Pro updates, which brought us the butterfly keyboard, so Apple is back to an old favorite.
The new keyboard feels good with its 1mm travel, but the buttons are a little softer, quieter and noisier, so for some it won’t be as comfortable a typing experience as a butterfly keyboard, but most people will appreciate the change and reliability improvements .
There are reverse T arrow keys that make it easy to find the feeling, plus the buttons have the same backlight as the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Alongside the function keys is a Touch ID fingerprint sensor that lets you unlock your Mac with your finger.
The MacBook Air still only has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, but 6K displays are already supported, so it works with Apple’s Pro Display XDR if you feel like getting a $ 5,000 display with your $ 999 computer.
Other changes to the MacBook Air are internal. It uses Intel’s 10th generation chips, maximizing a quad-core Core i7 option, which Apple says will double the CPU performance over previous-generation MacBook Air.
Still, this Core i7 chip is a high-end upgrade, and our base model features a 1.1GHz dual-core 10th-generation Core i3 processor, and performance is much more modest.
GPU performance with Intel Iris Plus Graphics is up to 80 percent faster than the previous Intel UHD Graphics 617 GPU, which is a bigger jump for the base model.
Apple has also increased storage, so the MacBook Air now supports up to 2TB of storage, and the base model comes with 256GB of storage instead of 128GB, which is great for the new lower starting price of $ 999. Entry-level machines still have 8GB of RAM and the 16GB upgrade is $ 200.
With price cuts, storage upgrades, GPU upgrades and new chips, the 2020 MacBook Air is a great entry-level machine, ideal for those who need office work, web browsing, content consumption, easy image editing and more. don’t require the power of your MacBook Pro.
For most consumers, the entry level of the 2020 MacBook Air is more than sufficient and can provide future protection with some enhanced CPU speed and additional RAM for a few hundred dollars.
What do you think about the 2020 MacBook Air update? Let us know in the comments.