So Folks finally we have an ARM-Based Mac’s here, the MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro 13, and the ARM-based Chip which powers these Mac’s, the Apple M1 Chip, is the chip designed by Apple, especially for there Mac, and it’s not surprising that they did, it with marginal improvements in the Intel Chips, over the generations, Apple just can’t bring themselves to put their whole trust on the Intel.
Also, Apple had a great history with the SoC’s, like SoC’s Used in iPhone and iPad are the best one can get, the one on the Apple Watch and headphone are also pretty amazing, and even the Apple M1 Chip, if we go by the initial benchmarks, they are pretty amazing, with the MacBook Air even beating the likes of MacBook Pro 16 which is powered by the Core i9-9980HK.
This Post is a Detailed Specification Overview of the 2020 MacBook Air Powered by the Apple M1 Chip.
Apple MacBook Air(M1) Specifications
|Display||13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology|
2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
400 nits brightness
wide color (P3)
True Tone technology
|Operating System||macOS Big Sur|
|CPU||Apple M1 chip|
8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores
16-core Neural Engine
|Memory||8GB Unified Memory(Integrated into the SoC)|
|Storage||256GB PCIe-based SSD|
Configurable to 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB SSD
|I/O Ports||Two Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports with support for:|
Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40Gb/s)
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)
|Camera||720p FaceTime HD camera|
|Power||49.9‑watt‑hour lithium‑polymer battery|
30W USB-C Power Adapter; USB-C power port
Design and Build Quality
On the Design Front, there is nothing different from the old MacBook Air’s it is that same good old design, the clean-looking back with the Apple Logo at the center, and Two Thunderbolt 3 ports at the side, and a headphone jack on the other side.
Opening the Lid we get to see the display the 2020 MacBook Air(M1) has a 13.3 inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors.
The Biggest difference between this MacBook Air and the Older MacBook Air’s is the Processor used, previously with the Intel processors there has to be one CPU, GPU, RAM, Neural Core, etc, all differently sorted on the motherboard, but with the Apple M1 Chip, it’s all integrated into one Chip, just like it’s done on the Smartphones, its Called SoC short for the System on Chip.
The Apple M1 Chip is an 8 Core CPU with 7/8Core GPU and 16-Core neural Engine, it’s also the First 5 nm SoC/chip used on a Laptop.
In the Initial GeekBench Benchmarks, the Apple M1 Chips scored 1687 in Single-Core and 7433 in Multi-Core
In Single-Core performance, the MacBook Air beats every single Mac in existence till now, and in Multi-Core it beats all the MacBooks, even including the 2019 MacBook Air 16 which was powered by the Core i9-9980HK, the 9th Gen flagship from intel.
So Think the Apple MacBook Air(M1), which has a 10W SoC, with no Fan was able to beat the 2019 MacBook Pro which is powered by the Core i9-9980HK, the 9th gen Mobile Flagship from Intel, which is 45W CPU with one of the best cooling system on a MacBook.
Memory and Storage
The MacBook Air(M1) has an option for 8 or 16GB of Unified Memory, Unified Memory means that the RAM is integrated into the SoC and cant be replaced or upgraded. as for Storage options it has 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB SSD storage options.
The Unified Memory Access or in short the UMA may be a bad thing for many but it has a very big advantage.
The bad thing is now that the RAM can’t be upgraded of replaced. But the Good Things is M1 unifies its high‑bandwidth, low‑latency memory into a single pool within a custom package. As a result, all of the technologies in the SoC can access the same data without copying it between multiple pools of memory. This dramatically improves performance and power efficiency.
The MacBook Air(M1) has a 49.9‑watt-hour lithium‑polymer battery
with 30W USB-C Power Adapter.
MacBook Air(M1) has
Two Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports with support for:
Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40Gb/s)
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)
The MacBook Air(M1), is running on macOS Big Sur, which is specially designed to work with the Apple m1 Chip, but due to being a new chip with new software, there are some softwares which is doesn’t supports as of now, like the Adobe Creative Suite.
MacBook Air(M1) has a scissor Mechanism, keyboards they call it the Magic Keyboard.
Other Features Include
Ambient light sensor
Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures.
Wide stereo sound
Support for Dolby Atmos playback
Three-mic array with directional beamforming
3.5 mm headphone jack
The Base Model of the MacBook Air which has an Apple M1 Chip with 7-Core GPU and 256GB Storage is priced at $999, and the Other Variant is powered by the Apple M1 Chip which has an 8-Core GPU with 512GB Storage is priced at $1249.
I will be very clear the new MacBook Air is less about the MacBook and more about the Apple M1 Chip, from the initial benchmarks, its CPU performance was much better than that of the MacBook Pro 16, which was powered by the Core i9-9980HK, so a 10W CPU on MacBook Air with No Fan is beating a 45W CPU on MacBook Pro with one of the best cooling systems on a Mac, is surely a phenomenal jump in performance, but the benchmarks we had are the initial benchmarks which may change in future, but if it sustains the same performance then, the Apple M1 Chip is going to bring a Strom in the CPU Market.
Also, there is a Huge Difference between the 2020 MacBook Air(Intel) and the MacBook Air(M1).