The day has finally arrived and Apple has since unveiled one of their brand new Apple Silicon based MacBook laptops. This laptop comes in the form of the MacBook Air which will now be powered by Apple’s M1 chip, the official name for the Apple Silicon chipset that Apple has designed themselves.
Appearance wise, the 13-inch MacBook Air still looks very much like its Intel counterpart, although it seems that Apple has discontinued the Intel models so it’s not like you’re going to be confused which model you’ll be getting. Apple is boasting that the M1 MacBook Air will feature a total of 8-cores for its CPU and also 8-cores for its GPU, claiming that it will be 3.5x faster than its predecessor in processor speed, and 5x faster in GPU speeds.
As expected given that the M1 is based on the A-series chipset used in Apple’s iPhones, Apple claims that the new M1 chipset comes with the latest image signal processor that will boost the webcam capabilities of the laptop, which hopefully should give users a much better image than the potato cameras that came before it, although it should be noted that its resolution will still be 720p, but hopefully with better quality images.
The laptop is also fanless given the use of the M1 SoC, and boasts up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing on battery, and up to 18 hours of video playback. The new MacBook Air is priced starting at $999, the same as its predecessor, and is available for pre-order today and will begin shipping out on the 17th of November.