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Apple updates the MacBook Air with new processors and Magic Keyboard

By Kenny Yeo - on 18 Mar 2020, 10:12pm

Apple updates the MacBook Air with new processors and Magic Keyboard

This is the new MacBook Air. (image source: Apple)

Alongside the new iPad Pro, Apple also announced an updated MacBook Air.

Inside it are new processors. Specifically, Intel's newest 10th generation Ice Lake Y-series processors.

According to Apple, they offer double the CPU performance and, thanks to Intel Iris Plus Graphics, offer up to 80% faster graphics.

The newest MacBook Air also comes with double the storage. So the entry-level model now comes with 256GB and it can be spec'ed with up to 2TB if you have deep enough pockets.

The new MacBook Air has the Magic Keyboard. (Image source: Apple)

The most important change for most people, however, is probably the keyboard. The new MacBook Air comes with the Magic Keyboard that was first seen on the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

To recap, it uses a more conventional scissors-type mechanism, which offers improved typing feel and, hopefully, also reliability. It also has more key travel – 1mm to be exact.

And on the audio front, the latest MacBook Air features an improved three-mic array for clearer voice capture and "advanced stereo speakers" for more immersive entertainment.

The Retina display is unchanged, measuring 13.3 inches and offering a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels.


Pricing and availability

The newest MacBook Air comes in Space Grey, Gold, and Silver. Two of the shelf configurations are available and they are as follows:

Interestingly, this is S$150 less than the starting price of the last-generation MacBook Air.

Apple hasn't said when they will be available, only that they will be available soon on Apple's website to order.

We will update this section once we have more details.