MacBook Air with M3 (early 2024) – technical data, images and prices

Apple introduced the new MacBook Air today. This is equipped with an M3 chip. The thin and light laptop can also be selected in two display sizes: 13 inches and 15 inches. Apple calls the MacBook Air “the world’s most popular laptop” and notes that its latest version is “the world’s best consumer laptop for AI.” In addition to efficient CPU and GPU areas, the M3 chip also has a fast Neural Engine with 16 cores that is specifically made for machine learning and AI applications. The new MacBook Air starts at €1.299 and is available from Friday.

Today Apple introduced its new MacBook Air with an M3 chip and either a 13-inch or 15-inch display. The new devices can be pre-ordered now and used from Friday.
Today Apple introduced its new MacBook Air with an M3 chip and either a 13-inch or 15-inch display. The new devices can be pre-ordered now and used from Friday.

Apple MacBook Air with M3 chip

With the M3, which Apple introduced last year, the MacBook Air is up to 60% faster than the 1 model with the M2020 chip and up to 13 times faster than the fastest MacBook Air with an Intel CPU. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch models are said to offer up to 18 hours of battery life. In addition, it is not only possible to use the Liquid Retina display, but also to use up to two external monitors (folded). Instead of WLAN 6, WLAN 6E can now be accessed, which is said to provide a connection that is up to twice as fast (appropriate router or other end devices are required).

"MacBook Air is our most popular Mac, chosen by more customers than any other laptop. And today things get even better with the M3 chip and new features"Said Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Whether it's for graduate students or business users who need powerful productivity features - or for anyone simply looking for the unmatched combination of performance, portability and industry-leading battery life in a fanless design - the new MacBook Air is still the world's best thin and light laptop."

Technical data of the MacBook Air early 2024

Below you will find the most important information from the data sheet of the new Apple MacBook Air with M3 chip. Some of the data applies to both sizes. If different values ​​apply, this will be indicated accordingly. Information about the respective price for different storage sizes and other adjustments can be found below in the respective tables.

  • Manufacturer: Apple
  • Model: MacBook Air, early 2024
  • Device type: laptop
  • Colors: Silver, North Star, Space Gray, Midnight
  • Dimensions, folded (H x W x D): 1,13 cm x 30,41 cm x 21,5 cm (13 inches) or 1,15 cm x 34,04 cm x 23,76 cm (15 inches)
  • Weight: 1,24 kg (13 inches) or 1,51 kg (15 inches)
  • Screen diagonal: 13,6 inches (34,46 cm) or 15,3 inches (38,91 cm)
  • Screen resolution: 2.560 x 1.664 pixels @ 224 ppi (13 inches) or 2.880 x 1.864 pixels @ 224 ppi (15 inches)
  • System on chip: M3
  • M3 processor (CPU): 8 cores, 4 of which are performance and XNUMX efficiency cores
  • M3 graphics processor (GPU): either 8 or 10 cores (13 inches) or 10 cores (15 inches)
  • Hardware accelerated ray tracing: Yes
  • RAM: 8 GB, 16 GB or 24 GB
  • Internal SSD storage: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
  • Operating system: macOS 14 Sonoma
  • Connections: 1x MagSafe 3 charging ports, 2x Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4, 1x 3,5 mm headphone jack
  • Wireless technology: Bluetooth 5.3, WLAN 6E (802.11ax)
  • Battery: 52,6 Wh (13 inch) or 66,5 Wh (15 inch) lithium polymer battery
  • Battery life: up to 15 hours of WLAN surfing or up to 18 hours of video playback in the Apple TV app
  • Other: 1080p FaceTime camera, support for two external displays (im Clamshell mode), four speakers, three microphones, Touch ID sensor
  • Scope of delivery: MacBook Air, USB-C to MagSafe 3 charging cable (2 m), 30W USB-C charger or 35W dual USB-C charger or 70W USB-C charger
Apple notes that the new MacBook Air with M3 supports two external displays. But only when it is closed. If it is opened, only your own Liquid Retina display and an external monitor can be used. In total there are only ever two displays.
Apple notes that the new MacBook Air with M3 supports two external displays. But only when it is closed. If it is opened, only your own Liquid Retina display and an external monitor can be used. In total there are only ever two displays.

MacBook Air early 2024 – prices depending on features

The pricing of Apple devices depends heavily on the features selected. In MacBook models, these now include the number of cores in the graphics unit of the M chip, the size of the main memory (RAM) and the size of the SSD memory (hard drive). Below you will find the overviews for the two sizes of the MacBook Air with M3 chip as well as their individual configurations and prices.

Prices for the model with 13-inch display

M3 chip random access memory SSD storage Price
8 GPU cores 8 GB 256 GB 1.299 €
512 GB 1.529 €
1 TB 1.759 €
2 TB 2.219 €
10 GPU cores 16 GB 256 GB 1.529 €
512 GB 1.759 €
1 TB 1.989 €
2 TB 2.449 €
24 GB 256 GB 1.759 €
512 GB 1.989 €
1 TB 2.219 €
2 TB 2.679 €

Prices for the model with 15-inch display

M3 chip random access memory SSD storage Price
10 GPU cores 8 GB 256 GB 1.599 €
512 GB 1.829 €
1 TB 2.059 €
2 TB 2.519 €
16 GB 256 GB 1.829 €
512 GB 2.059 €
1 TB 2.289 €
2 TB 2.749 €
24 GB 256 GB 2.059 €
512 GB 2.289 €
1 TB 2.519 €
2 TB 2.979 €

“The world’s best consumer laptop for AI”

With the introduction of the new MacBook Air, Apple is apparently starting its own AI offensive, with which the iPhone manufacturer is trying to get ahead of the competition. Accordingly in the press release about the new devices also claims that the MacBook Air is the best laptop for AI applications. “The M3 has a faster and more efficient 16-core Neural Engine and accelerators in the CPU and GPU [...] macOS leverages this incredible AI performance for features that allow users to be more productive and creative. This includes powerful camera features, real-time speech to text, translation, text suggestions, visual understanding, accessibility features, and more", is it [called.

It also goes into what specific AI solutions you can use on the Mac: “[…] from checking their homework with AI math help in Goodnotes 6 to automatically enhancing photos in Pixelmator Pro to removing background noise in a video with CapCut. Combined with Apple's shared memory architecture, MacBook Air can also run optimized AI models, including large language models (LLMs) and diffusion models for imaging, locally at high performance.“Incidentally, it is assumed that Apple will present macOS 24 with additional AI solutions of its own at WWDC15 in June.

More information about the new MacBook Air with M3

You can find many more (advertising) information about the new MacBook Air with the third generation Apple Silicon in the press release linked above. Apple published this this afternoon. You can order the laptops featured there now. They will be delivered and available in specialist retailers from Friday, March 8, 2024. Then you can try them out in your nearest Apple Store. Of course, we're also keeping an eye on Amazon and seeing when you can order the devices there. 

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