Early Wednesday morning, Apple officially released an updated MacBook Air featuring a new Magic Keyboard, 10th-generation Intel processors, and a lower price. Here’s everything you need to know.
The new MacBook Air features Apple’s new Magic Keyboard they originally introduced with the 16-inch MacBook Pro in November. Apple says this new keyboard is far more reliable than the seemingly problematic Butterfly keyboard found in previous generation MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air notebooks.
“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,” says the press release.
In addition to the new Magic Keyboard, Apple also updated the processors to Intel’s newest 10th-generation Core Processors.
The baseline configuration comes equipped with a 1.1GHz dual-core 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, while the more expensive model is equipped with a 1.1GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor.
Both models can be upgraded to a 1.2GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz, through Apple’s online configurator. The baseline model can also be built-to-order with a mid-tier 1.1GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, for about $150 USD less. All models come equipped with Intel’s Iris Plus Graphics that Apple says is 80 percent faster than before.
Both baseline configurations come standard with 8GB of 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory, which can be upgraded to 16GB.
The baseline model comes with a 256GB PCIe-based SSD storage, while the more expensive model comes standard with 512GB. Both models can be upgraded to either 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB. The 2TB option costs a hefty $600 USD.
The new MacBook Air starts out at $999, while the more expensive model starts at $1,299. MacBook Air for Education starts at $899. Exclusively for education, Apple will be offering a 128 GB model for $799. A fully loaded MacBook Air will set you back $2,249.
MacBook Air is available to order online today, and in-store starting next week. But, due to Apple closing most of its stores around the globe due to COVID-19 outbreak, they won’t be available in-store until Apple opens its stores again.