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MacBook Air 2020: Apple delivers exciting, major updates to its ultrabook

The MacBook Air 2020 has finally been revealed, as Apple announced today that its ultrabook would see several upgrades including a new keyboard, processor and double the storage. 

The MacBook Air has been crying out for a significant upgrade, with the last major update being as far back as 2018. The MacBook Air had arguably fallen quite far behind the competition, with the likes of the Dell XPS 13 and Surface Laptop 3 offering superior specs for a similar price.

This new update could well see Apple’s MacBook Air return to the top of the hierarchy of ultra-portable laptops, fixing some of the previous model’s significant flaws. 

The ultra-portable design and 13-inch Retina display seemingly remain the same, but these were both of such high quality already that it’s not a concern. 

Read more for everything there’s to know about the new MacBook Air 2020. 

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MacBook Air 2020 price – How much will it cost?

The MacBook Air 2020 will have a starting price of £999. That will get you an i3 10th Generation Intel Core processor and 256GB SSD storage. 

There is also an option for an even more powerful MacBook Air at £1299, which boasts an i5 10th Generation Intel Core processor and 512GB SSD storage. 

 MacBook Air 2020 release date – When can you buy it?

You can order the MacBook Air via Apple’s website right now, although you’ll have to wait until next week before you can find one in stores.

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MacBook Air 2020 specs

The most exciting specs for the MacBook Air 2020 include 10th Generation Intel Core processors and storage options that go up to a whopping 2TB SSD. 

You can see a full rundown on the specs in the below table.

Processor Up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7
Storage 256GB to 2TB SSD
RAM 8GB / 16GB LPDDR4X
Display 13.3-inch 2560×1600 Retina True Tone
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Battery 11-12 hours (Up to 30 days of standby time)
Charger 30W USB-C
Ports Two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, 3,5mm headphone jack
Dimensions (in) 0.63 x 11.97
Weight (kg) 1.29

MacBook Air 2020 keyboard

The new feature that will likely excite Apple fans the most is the keyboard, as the controversial butterfly switches have been ditched in favour of scissor switches.

This new keyboard is the same that featured on the recent 16-inch MacBook Pro and was met with universal praise. Trusted Reviews’ Max Parker said during his review, “It really is a pleasure to type on and a massive improvement if you dislike the previous keyboard.” 

The redesigned scissor mechanism sees 1mm of key travel, resulting in a more comfortable typing experience. 

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MacBook Air 2020 performance

Thanks to the inclusion of Intel’s 10th Generation Intel Core processors, the new MacBook Air reportedly delivers up to two times faster CPU performance speeds when compared to the previous model. 

The Core i5 10th Generation processor is the most powerful you can get in Apple’s new laptop, which can turbo boost to 3.5GHz for dazzling speeds. 

The 10th Generation Intel Core chips also feature a powerful integrated graphics engine called Iris Plus Graphics, resulting in a whopping 80% increase in GPU performance. This will allow the laptop to dabble in casual creative apps and gaming without having to make sacrifices to the design’s portability. 

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MacBook Air 2020 features

The MacBook Air 2020 has also been treated to several new features. Thunderbolt 3 ports are one of the most exciting, allowing for speedier data transfers, while also allowing for video output and charging. 

Apple also claims its new ultrabook supports external displays up to 6K, which is a first for the ultrabook series. 

A three-mic array will also ensure more clear voice capture, while the Force Touch trackpad returns, which features multi-touch inputs. 

Finally, the new MacBook features advanced stereo speakers, which should come in handy when blasting out tunes while you work from home. 

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