Note: This review was first published on 9 April 2020.
The Air you have been waiting for
In the middle of last month, Apple revealed a new MacBook Air. I wrote about it here first and then did a hands-on here. If you haven’t read them, here’s the quick low-down:
- The design and dimensions are largely unchanged. It’s roughly 0.5mm thicker and that’s because of its new keyboard.
- Ah, keyboard. It now has a Magic Keyboard – the same in the 16-inch MacBook Pro. It uses a more traditional scissor-switch mechanism that has more travel and, thus far at least, seems to be more reliable.
- It features Intel’s new 10th generation Ice Lake-Y processors. These are relatively low-power processors built more for efficiency than performance. However, there are quad-core variants for more demanding users.
Now that I’ve spent a few weeks with it, here are my findings. But first, some photos of the new MacBook Air. As you can see, with the exception of the keyboard, it’s almost visually identical to the model it replaces.