Review: Apple MacBook Air (M1,2020) Price, Availability and Specs

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Apple is hyping the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) as a drastic reinvention of its squeaky and light laptop. The reason is that, unlike previous models, the new MacBook Air Excavates the Intel processor for Apple’s ARM-built chip, the new Apple M1. It also emanates with macOS11 Big Sur set up. Rendering to Apple, this special chip will help it out to perform better while the battery will perform well and run longer. Now, we have Mac book Air in our hands to check whether these claims are right or not.

Quick Appraisal: Apple MacBook Air (M1,2020)

Launching for the old price ($999 / £999 / AU$1,599), like the earlier model. Apple has made an amazingly fascinating laptop of 13 inches. For the same probing price, you can get the revitalized model with fresh hardware, and But it doesn’t mean the earlier Macbook Air M1 model is now outmoded, if you’re not properly convinced by that statement, then this new version may change your mind.

That price point is also extremely modest as compared with premium laptops with Window10, like the HP spectra 2020 and Dell XPS 13 2020. Both of them are expensive. You can go to Mackbook Air 2020 with more powerful performance and extra memory storage.

Apple MacBook Air has many enhanced features inside including functions and performance but nothing changes outside. So, this model is almost similar to the last one in appearance. For people who like the appearance of the MacBook Air, this may be taken as good news, but it seems a bit of a lost chance. The M1-centered MacBook Air is such an innovative and amazing device, you will love to have it. Apple took a risk in making it slimmer and lighter grooves surround the screen.

As well as Battery performance concerns, it seems fantastic battery life. The fabless design is wonderful, it means the laptop works silently. In the end, Apple company is more aspiring with the model of the MacBook Air (M1, 2020). It is an intrepid rejuvenation of the laptop to cup tie the internal hardware and software refits, which makes this a more rousing device.

MacBook Air M1 Availability

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Apple announced pre-booking of the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) accessible as soon as it will be declared. Shipping of units started on 17 November 2020. The best option for getting this device is online shipping. Because many Apple stores are closed due to the global pandemic. The price of the new MacBook Air M1 (2020) is almost $999 / £999 /AU$1,599. As usual, Several provisions are offered at launch. So, we can further modify the theme to acquire the MacBook Air (2020) that best suits your requirements and budget.

The model features are an M1 chip with a 7-core GPU, 8-core CPU, and 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. When we compare the price of both MacBook Air 2019 and MacBook Air 2020 then we come to know that both are at the same price. But MacBook Air 2020 ( $999 / £999 / AU$1,599) is quite cheaper than the old MacBook Air. This price is so cheaper than many 13 inch best models of Del and HP laptops.

MacBook Air Design

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Apple has made some truly amazing things on the inner side swapping to its specific M1 chip and forming mac OS Big Sur from the ground up to take benefit of it, while the actual design of the device remains unchanged. This is taken as both good and bad news.

The good news in a way that many people are satisfied with the iconic design of the MacBook Air 2020. So, they don’t need any radical change in their design. On the other hand, by simply presenting slight spec shunts every year, the MacBook Air was in danger of being surpassed by more ruthless foes. So, by focusing on modernizing the hardware of the MacBook Air, and not fixing with the design, Apple is doing something many of its critics have claimed it should do: focus on the unspectacular, yet indispensable, stuff.

But, what is Bad news? Well, the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), in conjunction with macOS Big Sur, promises to be such a big rebellion, the point that it seems– and feels –as same as previous. MacBook Airs is a little unacceptable, to put it lightly.

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Dimension, Weight, and Keyboard Layout

The dimensions of Macbook Air 2020 is 0.16–0.63 x 11.97 x 8.36 Inches (0.41–1.61 x 30.41 x   21.24cm) and weightage of 2.8 pounds (1.29kg) are as same as those of both the MacBook Air (2020) and the 2019 version.

The outer look is identical to the previous three versions of Macbook Air (2020,2019,2018) models. It means that the eagerness that comes with dragging the new MacBook Air from its packaging is somewhat blunted, particularly if you’ve possessed one of those previous machines.

The decrease in the number of Fans allowed Apple to create the new MacBook Air reedier and lighter, So, interestingly, it has the exact size and weight as its ancestors. There is an addition to the previous MacBook design, the fresh Magic Keyboard is again comprised here. It is amazing and an exquisite keyboard to work on, feeling tangible and receptive. Despite, how flat the keys are.

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Touch ID and Screen Resolution

A Touch ID button is again located above the keyboard, and it keeps the best fingerprint scanner that we use on a laptop. The screen is also almost the same as that on the MacBook Air (2020). So, it has still 13.3 inches screen with a 400-nit LED-backlit display with a Retina display of 2560 x 1600 resolution and derives from Apple’s True Tone technology, which robotically modifies the color temperature on the screen built on the surrounding light.

The new feature of the screen is that it can support P3’s wide color range, which can support accurate, true-to-life images. P3 support only found in the expensive Macbook pros series, So it’s amazing to have such a P3 supporting screen in an affordable device. It is very good for the photographer to editing videos and taking photos with this wide color range screen.

Specification of Macbook Air, M1 2020

SpecificationApple MacBook Air M1 2020
Display13.3 inches IPS LED Backlight Display
400nits Resolution: 2560 by 1600 pixels
Chipset8 Core CPU, 7 Core GPU
16 core Neural Engine
Batteryup to 15 hours wireless web.
up to 18 hours video playback
PowerBuilt in 49.9 WH Lithium Polymer Battery
30W USB-C Adapter
Storage and RAM256GB or 512GB with 8GB RAM
WirelessWi-Fi: 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking
Bluetooth: 5.0 wireless technology
Camera720p Face Time HD Camera
Size and WeightHeight: 0.16–0.63 inch (0.41–1.61 cm)

Width: 11.97 inches (30.41 cm)

Size: 2.8 Pounds
ColorsGold, Silver ,Space Grey

 Standards Tests and Performance

How the Apple M1, 2020 accomplished in our set of standard tests

  • Cinebench R23 CPU: Multi-core:  6,586 Single-Core: 1,493
  • Geekbench 5: Multi-Core 7,583 Single-Core: 1,729
  • Battery Timing: (TechRadar movie test): 11 hours and 15 minutes

Macbook Air 2020 impressed us with its work. It gumboots up quickly (an additional advantage of the M1 chip), Big Sur seems fast and receptive. Its new look of the operating system is very impressive. The interface has a more contemporary look, with bright, effervescent colors that boaster the MacBook Air’s screen. It’s also a mild jumble, So it doesn’t stun you by icons and options, while the Control Center has reshaped built on the model in iOS. It looks smarter, and it’s easier to use.

All those applications that work on MacBook Pros and MacOS will also Work finely in MacBook Air 2020. Therefore, becoming grateful to some software sorcery using Apple’s Rosetta 2 tool, which permits apps to run on the new architecture.

When we tried to mix both apps built by Intel Macs or M1 chip, no considerable difference noticed between their performance. You can flawlessly run older apps on the new MacBook Air is creditable. The M1 chip built on architecture ARM. One of the greatest shortcomings of Windows 10 is that you can only run ARM-compatible apps from the Windows Store. There’s a fairly scant range of these, and this severely confines the usability of these devices. Microsoft needs to turn up with its specific Rosetta, pronto.

 Battery Life

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As for battery life concerns, we are familiar that ‘Apple silicon’ would be more power effective. It will not surprise us that the M1 2020 laptop has a longer Battery life of 15 hours of internet browsing. It’s up to 18 hours for video, rendering to Apple.

It is very impressive for us that its battery is longer even in web browsing of many hours, the battery drops few points and even if you leave it to reserve for a day and emanate back to it, the battery level remains as it is.

In our authorized battery test, where we run an encompassed 1080p video at 50% brightness until the battery expires, the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) impressed us with 11 hours and 15 minutes of longer battery life.

That’s longer than the older model that lasted in the same test with 7 hours and 11 minutes. It just hits the latest Dell XPS 13 as well (11 hours 1 minute). It means you can easily work a whole day without any battery timing issue. No need to charge it again and again. Though, perceptibly the battery will diminish rapidly if you’re doing more rigorous work with it.

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Purchase it if:
  • Affordable MacBook :

The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) isn’t just one of the top MacBook Apple has ever made, it’s also economical. This is a fanciful value.

  • Powerful shrill and graceful laptop:

MacBook Air 2020 is impressive in its performance that people thinking about buying MacBook Pro should consider this instead.

  • Long-lasting battery life:

The M1 2020 has a longer battery life that lasts for 15 hours of working. It can be recharge in the workplace easily.

Don’t purchase it if:
  • Want a modest laptop:

The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is a boundless value laptop, but it is still very expensive. There are some excellent modest laptops out there these days, that bid outstanding performance for a lot less.

  • Don’t like it:

Although, MacBook Air doesn’t have an innovative design, nor does it try to conquest Windows users too much. If you weren’t a fan of earlier MacBook Airs, the new 2020 version won’t truly influence you then.