Apple Debuts New MacBook Air
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Just a short while after debuting the iPhone 12, Apple is back yet again with the debut of a new MacBook Air, this time a new MacBook Air that features the newly-unveiled Apple M1 chip. The M1 is the most powerful chip that Apple has ever created and is designed specifically for the Mac. It’s made up of an astounding 16 billion transistors, the highest number of transistors Apple has ever put into a chip.
The new MacBook Air does well in battery life, with up to 18 hours of video playback and 15 hours of wireless web browsing after a full charge, per Apple’s statement. It features Apple’s latest image signal processor on the M1 chip that caters to high-quality camera footage.
Compared to its predecessor, the new MacBook Air performs up to 3.5x faster thanks to an 8-core CPU and delivers graphics up to 5x faster thanks to an 8-core GPU. On the new MacBook Air, machine learning workloads are up to 9x faster compared to its predecessor, giving way for apps that use ML-based features like face recognition or object detection to perform much faster.
Other features of the new MacBook Air include standard ones such as Retina display, Touch ID, and two Thunderbolt ports with USB 4 support. The new laptop starts at $999 for users and is already available for purchase.