MacBook Air launches in 2020
Apple MacBook Air 2020 is a macOS laptop with a 13.30-inch display that has a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels. It is powered by a Core i3 processor and it comes with 8GB of RAM. The Apple MacBook Air 2020 packs 256GB of SSD storage.
The MacBook Air’s performance has always remained secondary to its price and size, but that paradigm has shifted with the introduction of Apple’s M1 processor. The MacBook launches alongside a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini, also running on the M1 system-on-a-chip (SoC).
Graphics are powered by Integrated Graphics Processor. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth and it come with Headphone and Mic Combo Jack ports.
The Intel-powered MacBook Air (2020) improves upon its predecessor, the MacBook Air 2019, quite a bit. The 2020 model offers newer internals and better minimum storage configurations than older models. It now comes with double the storage space compared to before. Add in the better performance from upgraded components to Apple’s slimmest line and you have a much better deal for the Air’s target audience.
Apple’s most portable series has been underwhelming for some time now, at least considering its price. Plenty of Windows competitors fit into the same price range but with more impressive specs, giving the Air a run for its money. Add to that, each year’s refresh has been a relatively minor update. It’s no wonder that users want more from their Airs.
The MacBook Air (2020) finally steps up. You can now get quad-core processors and up to 16GB of RAM without too much of a price hike or losing that thin design that makes the Air so special. With those upgrades to the CPU, RAM, and storage, the MacBook Air (2020) just offers that much more computer than previous models. Apple Air fans will appreciate it. And, those worthy upgrades have been passed onto the new MacBook Air (M1, 2020), which adds even more cores, thanks to the M1 chip. With macOS 11 Big Sur now available to download, the MacBook Air experience is as good and streamlined as it’s ever been.
Design-wise, things are pretty much the same, but with one major difference: the MacBook Air 2020 comes with a new keyboard. Gone is the old butterfly switches, which were too shallow for many people, and prone to failure if debris, such as dust and crumbs, fell between the keys, and in its place is the new Magic keyboard, which first appeared with the MacBook Pro 16-inch. This offers a deeper journey when typing, so it feels more responsive, and — crucially — it appears to have fixed the reliability issues of the older keyboard.
While macOS feels nicely responsive for day-to-day tasks on the entry-level version, the MacBook Air still lags behind the more powerful (and expensive) MacBook Pro when it comes to using more intensive apps. While this is certainly not a slow laptop, you may find yourself staring at the spinning wheel icon as the MacBook Air loads up apps a bit more often than on faster Macs.