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Apple updates its 13 and 15-inch MacBook Air with M3 chip, orders start from 6 March

By Shawn Tan - on 4 Mar 2024, 10:40pm

Apple updates its 13 and 15-inch MacBook Air with M3 chip, orders start from 6 March

The 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air with M3 chip will be available for purchase from 6 March, 9am (SGT). Prices start from S$1,899.

Four months after bringing the M3 to the MacBook Pro and the 24-inch iMac, Apple today updated its most popular laptop - the MacBook Air - with the same chip!

As a quick recap, the Apple M3 chip is built on a 3nm process and is stated to be up to 60% faster than the M1-powered model. The M3 chip also comes with a 16-core Neural Engine for on-device machine learning and enabling AI features such as real-time speech-to-text, translation, text predictions, and more. 

Aside from the M3 chip, the new MacBook Airs offers up to 2x faster Wi-Fi performance than the M2 model due to the inclusion of Wi-Fi 6E. The M3 MacBook Airs will also be able to support up to two external displays for the first time, but only if its display is closed. 

Apart from these improvements, the new M3-powered MacBook Airs are mostly identical to the M2-powered versions. Their dimensions and weights are unchanged, and they feature keyboards with a full-height function row and a Touch ID power button. The new MacBook Airs also have the same ports: two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, a MagSafe port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Pricing and availability

The new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air will be available for order from Wednesday, 6 March, 9 am (SGT) on apple.com/sg/store, in the Apple Store app and the official Apple store on Lazada and Shopee. Shipment will begin on Friday, 8 March. Both models come in midnight, starlight, silver and space grey. Prices are in the table below.

The 13-inch MacBook Air with M2 is still available at lower prices of S$1,613.89 (8GB RAM/256GB SSD) and S$2,067.95 (8GB RAM/512GB SSD). 

13-inch MacBook Air with M3 pricing
Chip M3
(8 CPU, 10 GPU)
M3
(8 CPU, 10 GPU)
M3
(8 CPU, 10 GPU)
Memory 8GB 8GB 16GB
Storage 256GB 512GB 512GB
Price S$1,599 S$1,899 S$2,199

15-inch MacBook Air with M3 pricing
Chip M3
(8 CPU, 10 GPU)
M3
(8 CPU, 10 GPU)
M3
(8 CPU, 10 GPU)
Memory 8GB 8GB 16GB
Storage 256GB 512GB 512GB
Price S$1,899 S$2,199 S$2,499
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