Chapter in this post:
At yesterday's “One more thing” presentation, Apple presented the new generation of the Mac with an M1 chip. In addition to the new Mac mini and the new MacBook Pro, there was also a new MacBook Air. The lightweight laptop with a 13,3-inch display comes in a variety of configurations. There is also an interesting battery life, which is due to the switch from Intel to ARM chips. All important technical data of the MacBook Air 2020 as well as a few pictures and the price can be found below.
MacBook Air (late 2020) Technical Specifications
At the Apple November event of this year, with regard to the M1 chip, “up to” 8 cores for the CPU and GPU units were said again and again. And not without reason, as can be seen, for example, with the new MacBook Air. Because with this you can choose different models of the M1 chip with regard to the equipment, which sometimes has 7 GPU cores, sometimes 8 GPU cores. Here is the overview of the specs:
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Model: MacBook Air, late 2020
- Device type: laptop
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 1,61 cm x 30,41 cm x 21,24 cm
- Weight: 1,29 kg (may vary depending on the equipment)
- Screen diagonal: 13,3 inches (33,78 cm)
- Screen resolution: 2.560 x 1.600 pixels at 227 ppi
- System on chip: M1
- M1 processor (CPU): 8 ‑ core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores
- M1 graphics processor (GPU): 7-core GPU or 8-core GPU
- RAM: 8 GB or 16 GB
- Internal SSD storage: 256 GB (only with 7 graphics cores), 512 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB
- Operating system: macOS 11.0 Big Sur
- Connections: 2 x Thunderbolt with USB 3.1 Gen 2, 1 x 3,5 mm jack for headphones
- Wireless technology: Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11ax WLAN 6, which is compatible with with IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
- Battery life: up to 15 hours of WLAN surfing or up to 18 hours of video playback in the Apple TV app
- Other: 720p FaceTime camera, support for an external display up to 6K and 60 fps, stereo speakers, three microphones, Touch ID sensor
- Scope of delivery: MacBook Air, USB-C charging cable, 30W USB-C charger
Comparison of MacBook Air late 2020 and MacBook Air early 2020
It was only in March that Apple released a 13,3-inch MacBook Air, which was supposed to replace the model from July 2019. Now there is a new model again, but this time with the big improvement in the form of the “Apple Silicon” ARM chip instead of an Intel processor. With regard to the M1 chip, Apple shows in a recent press release the following comparison:
- A project for the internet with iMovie Export up to 3 times faster.
- 3D effects in videos in Final Cut Integrate Pro up to 5 times faster.
- For the first time ever, cut and play back multiple streams of 4K ProRes video in full quality in Final Cut Pro without skipping individual frames.
- Export photos from Lightroom up to 2 times faster.
- Leverage ML-based features like Smart Conform in Final Cut Pro to intelligently restructure a clip up to 4,3 times faster.
- Watch more movies and TV shows with up to 18 hours of battery life - the longest MacBook Air has ever seen.
- Enable FaceTime and other video calls for up to twice as long on a single charge.
MacBook Air late 2020 - prices for different equipment
As always, there is not just one price for Apple devices, but various costs that need to be taken into account, depending on the equipment. The number of GPU cores plays a role in the new MacBook Air with the M1 chip. In addition, the main memory and the SSD storage must be considered. You can find an overview in the following table.
|M1 chip||random access memory||SSD storage||Price|
|7 GPU cores||8 GB||256 GB||1.100,50 €|
|512 GB||1.324,70 €|
|1 TB||1.548,90 €|
|2 TB||1.997,30 €|
|16 GB||256 GB||1.324,70 €|
|512 GB||1.548,90 €|
|1 TB||1.773,10 €|
|2 TB||2.221,50 €|
|8 GPU cores||8 GB||512 GB||1.363,70 €|
|1 TB||1.587,90 €|
|2 TB||2.036,30 €|
|16 GB||512 GB||1.587,90 €|
|1 TB||1.812,10 €|
|2 TB||2.260,50 €|
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.