The New MacBook Air is back. And unlike last year’s underwhelming refresh, the new MacBook Air packs some exciting features that include a new processor and keyboard, Touch ID and double amount of storage.
The price tag isn’t too daunting either, starting at just $999, unlike the 2019’s MacBook Air, which was a bit more expensive at $1,099, and those in college can get the new MacBook for just $899 with Apple’s education pricing.
Running macOS Catalina, the MacBook Air is powered by a 1.1GHz dual-core 10th-generation processor, and you’ll have a choice between different configurations based on the storage models. All which come with an Intel Iris Plus Graphics card and Apple’s T2 Security Chip.
For the 256GB model, you can get the MacBook Air with an Intel Core i3 processor and Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz for $999. For an extra $100, you can upgrade to the i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz. Or, you can opt for the i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz for an extra $250. Meanwhile, the 512GB version comes with an Intel Core i5 processor for $1,299 while i7 model will cost you an additional $150.
In comparison, last year’s MacBook included a dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Speeds up to 3.6GHz. Apple has now doubled the storage on new model, starting at 256GB to 2TB SSD as well.
As for its build, the new Air is made of 100% recycled aluminum and comes in three different colors: gold, silver, and space gray. The new MacBook Air also comes with a 13-inch Retina display with True Tone.
Thankfully, Apple has swapped the butterfly keyboard for its Magic Keyboard instead. With the scissor mechanism on the Magic Keyboard, you’ll have only 1mm of key travel to create a more comfortable and durable feel.
Apple has also added in a few additional features like a 3-mic array so you can hear that FaceTime calls more clearly, a Force Touch trackpad, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. For the first time ever, the MacBook Air also offers support for up to a 6K external display.
You can order the MacBook Air starting today, from Apple’s site or the Apple Store app. The company mentions in its press release that it’ll also be available in stores starting next week. But those of you in the U.S. will just have to order it online, given the fact that its stores are closed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.