Apple presented the updated MacBook Air 2020 (5 photos)
Apple has introduced an updated model of the MacBook Air laptop, which developers position as the "most popular laptop in the world." The 2020 model significantly increased productivity, received double the amount of memory and the new Magic Keyboard. In addition, a 2020 Mac mini model was presented at the presentation.
The external design of the new MacBook Air has not changed compared to last year's model, however, the hardware received a significant update. Among the main problems that were solved by Apple engineers, is the return of the “scissor” mechanism for the keyboard, replacing the unsuccessful design of the “butterfly”. In 2019, the company abandoned the “butterfly” mechanism in the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and now engineers have returned to the traditional “scissor mechanism” in the MacBook Air.
The consumer will also be surprised at Apple’s new pricing policy. Planning to bring the updated MacBook Air to the market for $ 100 less than the 2019 model. From now on, the MacBook Air will be priced at just $ 999.
Other specifications of the MacBook Air have not changed much. The True Tone screen of the laptop has a diagonal of 13.3 inches, a resolution of 2560×1600 and an aspect ratio of 16:10. The standard initial configuration of the laptop is characterized by hardware running on a Core i3 processor with frequencies in the range of 1.1-3.2 GHz. The top configuration will ship Core i7 processors with frequencies in the range of 1.2-3.8 GHz.
The company's developers, in accordance with tradition, do not disclose processor models, but experts believe that laptops will use special 10th generation Amber Lake-Y processors. At the same time, experts suggest that already in the next lineup Apple will receive proprietary processors based on the ARM architecture.
The updated model range provides for the delivery of SSD drives of a larger volume than last year's devices: 256 GB and 2 TB. Meanwhile, the amount of RAM remained unchanged: 8 or 16 GB, depending on the configuration.
The changes also did not affect the autonomy of laptops that can run on a single battery charge for about 11 hours in surfing mode on the Internet through a browser or about 13 hours when watching a video. The shape and geometric dimensions of the case also remained unchanged: dimensions 304.1×212.4×16.1 (4.1 mm – minimum thickness) with a mass of 1.29 kg.
The past presentation showed the updated Mac mini, which received only one improvement: doubled the amount of memory. Now, for the base Mac mini model with a 256 GB SSD, you will have to pay $ 799, and the flagship device with 512 GB will cost Apple fans $ 1,099.
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