Apple has announced a refresh of its MacBook Air with new Intel processors and a new keyboard.
“From students and consumers buying their first computer to customers looking to upgrade, everyone loves the Mac, and they especially love MacBook Air. Today we’re giving it a huge update, with two times faster performance, the new Magic Keyboard, double the storage, a new lower price of $1,299 (CAD) and an even lower price of $1,169 (CAD) for education,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing. “With its stunning, thin and light design, brilliant Retina display, all-day battery life and the power and ease-of-use of macOS, MacBook Air is the world’s best consumer notebook.”
The MacBook Air now can now be configured with quad-core processors for the first time. You can configure the laptop with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 at 1.2GHz along with Intel Iris Plus Graphics.
The updated MacBook Air comes with the new Magic Keyboard which first launched on the 16-inch MacBook Pro last year. The redesigned scissor mechanism provides 1mm of key travel.
For storage, the new MacBook Air’s base model comes with 256GB and can be configured up to a 2TB SSD. The T2 chip helps provide a more secure boot process and protects Touch ID information.
In addition, the new laptop has a three-mic array for clearer FaceTime calls, improved Force Touch trackpad and the Thunderbolt 3 ports support 6K external displays.
The updated MacBook Air is running macOS Catalina which comes with a number of enhancements and Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV apps.
Apple also updated the Mac Mini with 256GB in the base $999 CAD configuration and 512GB in the $1,399 CAD model. Each Mac Mini is made using 100% recycled aluminum.
The new MacBook Air starts at $1,299 CAD and is available from Apple’s website. It comes in Space Grey, Gold and Silver colour options