2020 Brings a New MacBook Air

Yes.

Gone is the 128 GB base model, the Butterfly keyboard (seriously, even iPad has scissor keys now), and along with it, coverage under Apple’s Keyboard Service Program.

From Apple’s press release:

Support for up to a 6K external display, a first for MacBook Air.

There’s also this little detail at the end:

The standard configurations of Mac mini now come with double the storage capacity.

The 128 GB base models are dropping like flies.

Now back to the notebook.

Performance

The new model’s first processor upgrade gives you a quad-core 10-generation Intel chip, making it harder to justify the aging 13” MacBook Pro, which still ships with a Butterfly keyboard:

  • $1,099 Air: 1.1 GHz 10th-gen i5; 8 GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X RAM; two ports; Scissor Mechanism
  • $1,499 Pro: 1.4 GHz 8th-gen i5; 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM; Butterfly; two ports; Touch Bar
  • $1,799 Pro: 1.7 GHz 8th-gen i7; 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM; Butterfly; two ports; Touch Bar
  • $1,799 Pro: 2.4 GHz 8th-gen i5; 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM; Butterfly; four ports; Touch Bar

Here’s what the new chips look like in Geekbench, next to the dual-port MacBooks Pro1:

Community Thoughts

Dave Lee:

Updated MacBook Air has surprisingly fair pricing

Rene Ritchie:

Today’s updates — MacBook Air, Mac mini (kinda), iPad Pro — is the exact lineup from the October 2018 event.

Dieter Bohn:

Considering downgrading from MacBook Pro to the new MacBook Air for the keyboard and a real function row key.

Rene Ritchie:

Yeah, it’s low power, 10nm, dual or quad-core (optional), Intel Iris Plus.

BUT… it can drive a Pro Display XDR 🙃

What do you think of the new model?


  1. I included the 1.7 GHz i7 in place of the 2.4 GHz i5 because it scores better, but I should mention that the same price tag ($1,799) can get you the higher-clocked i5 model with double the ports. ↩︎

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