Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) review


The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is a quantum leap ahead for Apple’s slimmest laptop series. It has become one of the most powerful thin and light laptops thanks to the manufacturer’s highly renowned Apple M1 processor, the ARM-based chip that replaced the Intel CPUs in previous versions. It also comes pre-loaded with macOS 11 Big Sur.

The new chip not only raises performance but also improves power efficiency and battery life on the MacBook Air (M1, 2020). That’s while maintaining the same price as the MacBook Air’s predecessor ($999 / £999 / AU$1,599) (2020). As a result, this new Air comes equipped with updated internals, most notably that M1 chip, at no additional cost.

The cost and the availability

Apple opened preorders for the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) immediately following its announcement, with units delivering worldwide on November 17. Owing to the fact that many Apple Stores are closed due to the global pandemic, your best bet right now is to order one online.

The new MacBook Air (2020) is priced starting at $999 / £999 / AU$1,599. As is customary, a variety of specs are available at launch, and they can be further customized to ensure that the MacBook Air (2020) meets your needs and budget.

The entry-level model includes an M1 processor with an eight-core CPU and a seven-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.

Design

We’ve already discussed how the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is challenging people’s preconceptions about MacBooks – but the new MacBook Air, along with the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) and Mac mini (M1, 2020), also provide compelling rebuttals to the frequently leveled criticism that Apple’s products are more style than substance.

People frequently disparage Apple as producing items that look wonderful but don’t provide anything groundbreaking in terms of hardware. However, this is not the case with the MacBook Air (M1, 2020).

Performance

We were immediately delighted with the MacBook Air (M1, 2020). It boots quickly (another advantage of the M1 chip), Big Sur feels fast and responsive, and the operating system’s new design is quite impressive. The interface has a more contemporary appearance, with bright, bold colors that highlight the MacBook Air’s screen. Additionally, it’s less cluttered, which means you won’t be swamped by icons and settings, and the Control Center has been revamped to match the iOS version. It’s more aesthetically pleasing and easier to use.

All applications that operate normally in macOS on Intel-based MacBooks should run flawlessly on the new MacBook Air (M1, 2020), courtesy to some software trickery utilizing Apple’s Rosetta 2 tool, which enables apps to run on the new architecture.


Durability of the battery

In terms of battery life, we already knew that the new ‘Apple silicon’ would be more energy-efficient, so it’s unsurprising to learn that the new MacBook Air has the longest battery life of any MacBook Air to date – up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing or up to 18 hours of video, according to Apple.

Purchase it if…

You’re looking for a cheap MacBook.

Not only is the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) one of the best MacBooks Apple has ever manufactured, it is also the most affordable. This is an incredible value.

You’re looking for a powerful yet small and light laptop.

The performance of the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is quite remarkable, to the point where many individuals considering the MacBook Pro should consider this instead.