2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip
2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip Specification:
||11.97 x 0.63 x 8.36 inches; 2.8 Pounds
|Country of Origin
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||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required.
|Date First Available
||November 10, 2020
Battery life is up to 18 hours, which is the longest it's ever been.
With the computer's powerful performance, you can tackle any work, from high-quality editing to intensive gaming. Apple's M1 CPU, which has an 8-core central processing unit, uses significantly less energy than previous generations while giving up to 3.5 times the performance.
With 8GB of RAM, you can expect lightning-fast performance across the board. This allows you to do memory-intensive tasks like opening a big graphic file or switching between many tabs without experiencing any glitches.
Your photos come to life like never before on a 13.3-inch Retina display. The lettering is crisper, and the colours are brighter.
In a nutshell, Macs are easy to operate. It assembles swiftly and efficiently. Incredible fortitude. Intuitive. For quick functioning, a slew of pre-configured programmes was included. The Mac was designed to boost productivity, enjoyment, and creativity in ways you never imagined.
Your current programmes, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft 365, and Google Drive, will continue to work. Furthermore, all of your iOS applications will operate natively on macOS. You'll get access to the most comprehensive collection of Mac applications ever assembled. Every one of them is available on the App Store.
Easy to use:
Learning to operate a MacBook Air is a breeze if you've ever used an iPhone. The iPad may be used to free up space on your Mac and to receive and answer text messages and phone calls, among other things. It's also totally compatible with any Apple device you possess.
Even while running data-intensive programmes, the MacBook Air can maintain a comfortable temperature and a near-silent operation without using a fan.
With AppleCare, every Mac comes with a one-year limited warranty and free technical support for the first 90 days. By providing additional coverage and a streamlined repair process, AppleCare+ can help you prevent financial and emotional suffering in the case of a breakdown.
The MacBook Air's aluminium case is made of recyclable materials and consumes less energy than comparable models.
- macOS Big Sur is quick.
- Excellent battery life.
- Good keyboard.
- Nothing new.
- Fanless designs can reduce performance.
Apple's smallest and lightest laptop, the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), just increased performance. The MacBook Air has higher speed, power efficiency, and battery life than its predecessor ($999 / £999 / AU$1,599) (2020). Apple's M1 CPU gives the 2020 Air a much-needed boost. Every new MacBook Air M1 should either be preinstalled with macOS 11 Big Sur or have a free upgrade.
MacBook Air (M1, 2020) internal upgrades are free. If the Intel-based model didn't convince you, this may. It's still our favourite laptop. The Air's pricing is even more attractive compared to premium Windows 10 competitors like the HP Spectre x360 and the Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020).
Apple has nailed price, too. For $1,249 / £1,249 / AU$1,949, you can have a more powerful MacBook Air with additional storage. Both can be customised with more RAM and storage. While Apple has been criticised for overcharging, this laptop does not appear to be excessive.
Apple has been criticised for concentrating more on aesthetics than functionality, but the MacBook Air proves the reverse (M1, 2020). The MacBook Air's look has remained substantially the same despite internal changes (most notably the M1 CPU).
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MAKE SURE YOU GET AS MUCH MEMORY & STORAGE AS YOU CAN AFFORD - SPECIAL ORDER IF NEED BE
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2020
UPDATE 12-15-2020 - After three weeks, I'm still really impressed with the M1 MacBook Air/8 Core CPU/8 Core GPU/512 SSD/8GB RAM. --- My updated plea: MAKE SURE YOU GET AS MUCH MEMORY & STORAGE AS YOU CAN AFFORD. SPECIAL ORDER ONE TO YOUR PROJECTED FUTURE NEED!Remember, Macs live a very long time and the value it holds will depend on how usable it will be to you or someone else in 5 or even 10 years. Not that long ago, 80 GB hard drives were HUGE... and UPGRADABLE. RAM was upgradable. The SSD and the RAM in these machines is NOT upgradable.The one issue for me has been that I am a memory hog! I tend to have LOTS of tabs open at once (I've caught myself with 50 (Safari) open in one browser and 39 (Chrome) in another!), while running Affinity/Final Cut Pro - and YES, the dreaded Beach Ball has reared it's ugly head. Well, this got me to assess what I will be using the machine for and for how long.Storage can be added with external drives, slower, but it will let you scrape by. RAM is another story. When you constantly use up RAM, the system starts using "swap memory" where it uses the SSD to store temporary files. One of the YouTube reviewers (Created Labs) explains it like this: RAM memory is like writing on a white board, it's made to be temporary. Writing to the SSD is like writing on paper with a pencil. It can be erased, but if it's written on and erased for too long, it's going to degrade the medium. It will take years for this to cause problems, but keep in mind that in these M1 MacBooks, none of the parts are replaceable. The SSD and the RAM are soldered onto the board.***As ridiculously expensive as Apple RAM is, when it's not upgradable, get the maximum, in this case, 16 GB.I really doubt that Apple will be making machines with user upgradable RAM after the switch from Intel is complete, except for possibly the very high end Pro models.There is also the fact that if I am going to be doing a decent amount of video editing, a M1 with a fan will be helpful. Upgrading to the cheaper ($699+Upgrades) M1 Mac mini would be the cheapest way to get better performance for the Pro Apps, but I need a laptop, so... So, that is why I'm planning to return this machine and get one (likely the MacBook Pro M1), with 16 GB RAM & 1 TB SSD.***A note on browsers, Safari is by far the BEST browser to run on the M1, at least for now. I always had issues with saving web pages as PDF files in Chrome, where it did not save most of the images/text on the page. In Safari, it's worked perfectly.------I purchased the MacBook Air M1, 8 core GPU, and 8 core CPU model, with 512 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM in person at the Apple Store (11-20-2020), with education pricing. I traded in my (MNYH2LL/A) - 2017 12" Macbook with the Intel M3 processor, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB Ram. I kept my charging adapter & C-cable (which are both compatible with the M1 Late 2020 Macbook Air), so ended up with a $330 Apple Store instant credit towards the M1.The M1 model has blown me away with its speed and smooth running with a large number of apps open, including Final Cut & Logic Pro. Admittedly the 2017 MB was the bottom of the line and I suffered under frequent overheating issues with too many things open and the single C-port fiasco.I likely would have gone with the 7 core GPU model if one had been in stock at the time of purchase, but I wanted 512 GB of SSD space, so I paid more by going with eh 8 core. From everything that I've seen, the lack of more RAM upgrades is not nearly as important as it was with the Intel x86 processors and is really only useful when you have many GPU intensive "Pro Apps" running at the same time.I would never have dreamed of running Final Cut or Logic Pro on the 2017 Macbook, so this has been an amazing upgrade for me.I would say that the bottom line is that if you're someone who only uses a laptop for office & basic web surfing and only has a few tabs open at once, and you never experience overheating or the dreaded beach ball "not responding" issues, or if you have non-Apple programs that have not been compiled for the M1 chip, hold off on the upgrade until more apps run natively on the M1. If however, you really need a machine that is MUCH more capable, faster and cooler running than the Intel models, it's a solid buy and an amazing upgrade from any non-upgradable Mac.
Awesome notebook computer!
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2020
I have two MacBook Airs (MBA), a 13" and a 11, both with the previous form factor (the wide, body colored bezel around the screen, 1280x800 resolution) and this new 13" MBA improves upon it in every way (almost) and makes it nearly perfect.Good:- SCREEN looks great! 2560x1600 resolution is bright and sharp and looks good with the thin black bezel. I usually don't go above 50% brightness.- KEYBOARD is good. Some have mentioned that it still sucks, but I find it much better than the older MBAs that I own and better than say, the Magic Keyboard. Even with a thin silicone keyboard cover I find the typing experience to be much better and I can type faster and with fewer mistakes.- BATTERY LIFE is fantastic. Haven't done any real testing yet and obviously it depends on a lot of factors (wifi usage, video streaming, HD vs 4k video viewing/processing/etc., screen brightness, type of app being used, etc.) but for my usage (mostly web browsing, video viewing on YouTube, accessing VPN for work (Citrix, EPIC), etc., it has been great. Easily tops 10 hours and super impressed so far.- LOOKS GREAT. Love the newer (I know that the actual exterior design is a few years old by now) design, looks and feels great. Form factor is nice and it is a reasonable weight.- NO FAN. That's awesome, as it not only stays quiet all the time but you also do not need to worry about blocking any fan vents on the bottom or back of the case while you have it on your lap. Pretty amazing really for a laptop to have no fans.- PERFORMANCE. It works great so far on what I have used it for, which is not terribly a lot, but it is what it is for a laptop using Apple silicon for the first time. For just day to day use and things like Chrome, Office (Word, Excel), Citirx, EPIC, etc., it has been super smooth and fast. Have not tried gaming yet but do not have high hopes given it is the base model with 7-core GPU. Also, things like start up are noticeably faster with the M1 versus my 2020 iMac 27" (top end) with Intel chips.- TOUCH ID is great still. Works very fast and the button does not get greasy (which makes it not work well) like the old iPhone home buttons. On the other hand, it should really have Face ID at this point.- APPLE ECOSYSTEM is great as usual and a real reason to get this MBA. Apple Watch easily unlocks it (so you do not really need Face ID if you have the watch). You can easily send/receive files using AirDrop or cast using AirPlay. And so on and so forth.- BIG SUR comes preinstalled but you need to update to get 11.0.1.NOT GOOD:- WEBCAM still sucks. Still low resolution and just does not look good in FaceTime, Teams, etc. Shame that Apple is so slow to upgrade webcams on the Macs (the 27" iMac FINALLY upgraded to 1080p front cams only a couple months ago... I got one and it looks so much better than this MBA's camera).- ONLY 2 PORTS. Sad that this thing has only 2 USB-C ports (that cover thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, charging, DisplayPort). Given that it is used to charge, it leaves only one USB-C port for other use, pretty lame. I wish they had squeezed (I think it would fit) a USB-A port so that I could plug in my wireless mouse USB-A dongle as I have never liked any bluetooth mouse, or at least one more USB-C port.- NEW TECH (Apple silicon) means the M1-optimized apps are still being rolled out, e.g. Photoshop still not available at release.- BATTERY still cannot be removed, no surprise here, but means that like all Apple mobile tech it will have a useable lifespan determined at least partly by the non-removable battery. Easier to have an iPhone's battery replaced than a MBA I would imagine but hopefully it maintains a high level of performance for 4 years at the minimum.OVERALL:A few negatives (mostly the webcam) but enough significant improvements that this MBA is really a no-brainer for anyone needing a non-power notebook compute, especially if s/he is already in the Apple ecosystem. Love it so far!
GreatComputer, but be warned ....
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2020
Lightweight, blazing fast, easy to use, battery life is incredible with the new Apple M1 chip. A typical Great Apple product.However, there is only a Thunderbolt port, so you now have to go out and buy a cable to convert USB to thunderbolt (if you want to use a backup hard drive) or other USB items, AND, I had to buy yet another cable to sync my phone's lightning port to the thunderbolt port on the computer. Total $56.I LOVE Apple product, and worked for them in my caerer, but I would wait on buying this version until the software for it has been developed.UPDATE: After several months of using this computer, I have have found several things of concern:1. my notification center keeps disappearing, despite my constant reinstalling the widgets.2. my computer's calendar, reminders, and photo stream do not sync with my IOS devices (iPhone & iPad). If I add an item to calendar on my phone, it will appear on my mac but not vice versa. Reminders will not sync regardless of which device I originate the item on.I have contacted Apple support on all these issues and they cannot solve the problem.IT APPEARS THAT THE BUGS HAVE NOT BEEN WORKED OUT, YET. THINGS ARE MADDENINGLY CLUNKY!
Question: The screen is a little small; when I want to discuss a problem with my friends, we can not see clearly; what can be done to solve the problem?
Answer: A 13-inch laptop, not a desktop, is what you're using, right? Grab a 27-inch Apple Cinema Display and a lighting wire if you're hosting a get-together.
Question: How do I get this in 16GB ram?
Answer: Unfortunately, the sole source for 16GB is Apple itself. To ensure the system can handle new software and hardware in the future, I would add extra RAM. 8GB is sufficient simply for schoolwork and web browsing, not for editing or working.
Question: Can you use it with a 4K external monitor?
Answer: It's true; I got an InnoView 4K Touchscreen portable monitor with this laptop, and it's great. With InnoView's dual Type-c 3.1 ports, you need only utilise two Type-c cables for power and connectivity.