This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
At the One More Thing event on November 10, Apple announced the long-awaited Apple Silicon powered MacBook Air.
Apple's first proprietary processor for the Mac is called the M1. The new MacBook Air, which uses the M1, has dramatically higher performance than its predecessor, with up to 3.5 times the CPU, up to 5 times the GPU, up to 9 times the ML (machine learning), and up to 2 times the SSD performance.
In addition, the M1's high efficiency and high throughput per power consumption make MacBook Air a completely silent fanless design with high performance. It also extends battery life to 18 hours of video playback and 15 hours of web browsing, the longest of any MacBook Air in history.
The Apple M1 is the first SoC (system-on-chip) developed for the Mac by Apple, which has led the industry in replacing processors in the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch with its own.
The CPU consists of four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores with eight cores, which Apple claims are "the world’s fastest CPU cores in low-power silicon". The integrated GPU has 8 cores for 2.6TFLOPS, and the Neural Engine for machine learning tasks has 15 cores for 15 times the processing performance of the previous model.
Apple's latest image signal processor (ISP) has also made video calls with the built-in camera brighter and higher quality.
Some examples of the real-world performance of the new MacBook Air are as follows, according to Apple
When compared to the previous generation, the M1-powered MacBook Air can:
Export a project for the web with iMovie up to 3x faster.
Integrate 3D effects into video in Final Cut Pro up to 5x faster.
For the first time, play back and edit multiple streams of full-quality, 4K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro without dropping a frame.
Export photos from Lightroom up to twice as fast.
Use ML-based features like Smart Conform in Final Cut Pro to intelligently frame a clip up to 4.3x faster.
Watch more movies and TV shows with up to 18 hours of battery life, the longest ever on MacBook Air.
Extend FaceTime and other video calls for up to twice as long on a single charge.
The basic specifications of the laptop are as follows
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
Apple M1 chip (8-core CPU, 7 or 8-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine)
8GB unified memory, configurable to 16GB
256GB or 512GB SSD, configurable up to 2TB
Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports
720p FaceTime HD camera
Stereo speakers, Three-mic array with directional beamforming, 3.5 mm headphone jack
Size and Weight
Height: 0.16–0.63 inch (0.41–1.61 cm)
Width: 11.97 inches (30.41 cm)
Depth: 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)
Weight: 2.8 pounds (1.29 kg)
There are two standard configurations.
The 7-core GPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD model is priced at $999.
The 8-core GPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD model is priced at $1249.
It costs an extra $200 to increase the memory to 16GB.
Increasing storage from 256GB to 512GB costs $200, to 1TB costs $400, and to 2TB costs $800.
For the 512GB SSD model, it costs $200 to change to 1TB and $600 to increase it to 2TB.
Pre-orders begin today and shipments begin November 17.
Apple simultaneously announced new Macs with the M1 chip, the MacBook Air as well as the MacBook Pro 13-inch and the new Mac mini.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.