Apple recently announced an upgrade of its Macbook series, the Apple Macbook Air (2020) comes with a more powerful hardware compare to its predecessor.
The Macbook Air (2020) promises more internal storage, 10th-generation Intel processors, and most importantly, a more reliable scissor-switch keyboard
The Apple Macbook Air (2020) offers more for a starting price lower than its predecessor although, some main features has been upgraded to offer more.
Apple Macbook Air (2020) Key Features and Specs.
- 13.3-inch IPS Display, 2560 x 1600 Pixels
- 10th-generation Intel CPU (Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7) Processor
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics
- Up to 16B of 3733MHz LPDDR4X onboard memory
- Up to 2TB SSD
- Touch ID Sensor
- Integrated Fingerprint Scanner
- Stereo speakers
- Built-in 49.9wh Lithium‑Polymer Battery
The Apple Macbook Air (2020) features almost the same design has its predecessors. Although, the Macbook Air (2020) isn’t the thinnest laptop yet, it still sports an impressively compact premium body quality.
It has the iconic wedge shape as previous MacBook Air models and Apple’s signature aluminum build with a dimension of 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches.
This ultraportable laptop with stunning and sleek body is wrapped around the 13.3-inch Retina display, a Trackpad, power button and more.
Similarly, at the top of the Apple MacBook Air (2020) display sits a 720p FaceTime HD camera and a three microphone array.
One of the prominent change in the Macbook Air (2020) is the newly improved keyboard. Like last year MacBook Pro, Apple has introduce the Magic Keyboard design with additional features in the Macbook Air (2020).
Featuring the inverted-T arrow key layout with up to 1mm of key travel for a stable key feel, this keyboard makes your typing experience smooth.
Similarly, The Apple Macbook Air (2020) sports Apple’s revamped scissor key switch mechanism, which promises better experience compared to the Butterfly mechanism.
Finally, the 2020 Macbook Air is only able to come with few ports thanks to the slim frame. On the left is two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headset jack on the right.
Apple Macbook Air (2020) features a 13.3-inch display with LED backlighting, IPS technology and a native resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 resulting to 227 pixels per density.
Furthermore, the MacBook Air’s superb Retina Display allows for a 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio.
Likewise, Apple’s True Tone technology, which automatically adjusts the color temperature depending on the ambient light, hence , resulting in a more natural viewing experience.
The Apple Macbook Air also add support for 6K external displays, hence, it can be use with Apple’s Pro Display XDR.
To power the Apple Macbook Air (2020) offers multiple processor configuration choice. Compare to the last year model this laptop processor upgraded, hence making the performance one of the major changes in the 2020 model.
You can choose from the three new 10th-generation Intel CPU options with support for Hyper-Threading.
The base model offer a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz.
Apple also offer an option with 1.1GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz.
Lastly, the premium option comes with 1.2GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz. This model promises better performance improvement over the other models.
Similarly, for storage, Apple Macbook Air (2020) base model comes with 8GB of 3733MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory (RAM) which can be configured up to 16GB RAM.
There is also an increment in the storage capacity to 256GB from the 128GB storage configuration found on the last year model.
This Storage option can be upgraded to configurations of 512GB and 1TB, as well as an all-new 2TB option.
Furthermore, to perfect the performance of the Apple Macbook Air (2020) processor is supported by Intel Iris Plus Graphics GPU which 80% faster than its predecessor, hence, offering the best gaming experience.
Finally, the laptop run on macOS that powers every Mac. The macOS Catalina gives you more of everything you love about Mac. So you can take everything you do above and beyond.
Apple has made a notable improvement on the speakers which are positioned at the sides of the keyboard on the 2020 model
The Laptop sports a stereo speakers which Apple calls “wide stereo sound” coupled with support for Dolby Atmos playback and three microphones and 3.5 mm headphone jack, hence, giving a captivation and alluring audio experience.
Like the previous MacBook Air models, the 2020 model comes with a small Touch ID fingerprint sensor which is embedded in the power button.
Furthermore, the MacBook Air (2020) comes with the T2 chip which makes the laptop more secure with an SSD controller for on-the-fly data encryption and a Secure Enclave to ensure a secure boot process.
Similarly, Apple’s claims the built-in 49.9wh lithium‑polymer laptop battery can boost of 11-12 hours of battery life. Thanks to the 30W USB-C Power Adapter, the laptop can quickly come back to life to a full charge withing 80 min.
The Apple MacBook Air (2020) comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking and Bluetooth 5 wireless technology for perfect sharing and connectivity.
Apple MacBook Air (2020) Price and Availability
The Apple MacBook Air (2020) price starts at $999. However, the price may change depending on your choice configuration.
This Laptop is available on Apple’s official store and other third-party e-commerce platforms like Amazon.
Apple MacBook Air (2020) Specs
Here are a few specs of the MacBook Air (2020)
- OS: macOS
- Processor: 10th-generation Intel CPU (1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz with 4MB L3 cache, or 1.1GHz quad-core Core i5 Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz with 6MB L3 Cache, or 1.2GHz quad-core Core i7 Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz with 8MB L3 cache)
- GPU: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
- Memory: 8GB of 3733MHz LPDDR4X onboard memory (Configurable to 16GB)
- Colours: Gold, Space Gray, Silver.
- Dimension: 30.41 x 21.24 x 0.41 – 1.61 cm (11.97 x 8.36 x 0.16 – 0.63 inches)
- Weight: 1.29 kg (2.9 pounds)
Display & Keyboard
- Display: 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology, 2560 x 1600 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio)
- Keyboard: Full-size keyboard with LED-backlit keys
- Pointing Device: Yes, Force Touch Trackpad
- Built-in Storage: 256GB SSD, 512SSD, Up to 2TB SSD (PCIe based)
- Optical Storage: –
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
Ports & Connectivity
- Webcam: 720p FaceTime HD Camera
- USB Ports: Yes, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (via Thunderbolt)
- HDMI: Yes (via Thunderbolt with adapter)
- Thunderbolt Ports: Yes, 2 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
- DisplayPort: Yes (via Thunderbolt)
- VGA: Yes
- Ethernet (RJ-45): –
- SD Slot: –
- Mic/Headphone: Yes
- WLAN: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 5.0
- NFC: –
- Docking Connector: –
- Mobile Broadband: –
- Stereo speakers
- Integrated Touch ID sensor
- Increase Contrast
- Reduce Motion
- Switch Control
- Closed Captions
- Text to Speech
- True Tone technology
- Battery: Built-in 49.9‑watt‑hour Lithium‑Polymer Battery
- Use Time: Up to 12 hours