Sometimes Apple lets her customers wait for a lifetime. As a matter of principle, MacBook Air has not been significantly refreshed since 2015. A new version was delayed. The practical test shows how the laptop is shown in everyday life.
The biggest difference in the old generation is the screen: The new MacBook Air has a Retina display, a 13 inch IPS display with a 227 dpi resolution.
The screen comes in over four million pixels, while the old 13-inch model had just over 1.3 million pixels. So the texts now appear clear and steep. The photos are more colorful, after all, the number of visible colors has increased by 48%. Just a few hours ahead of the new model, you do not want to use a low-resolution screen. However, the screen is not as bright as the Pro models.
Processor and memory
In the main processor, Apple is now in the eighth generation of Intel Core i5 chips, which give the device significantly greater power. Performance also depends on the amount of RAM (RAM). You can choose between 8 and 16 gigabytes (GB) of RAM. Most users will have 8 GB of RAM. For the main SSD, the smaller version (128 GB) may not be enough for many users to store larger data sets; they should have at least a capacity of 256 GB. The choice is also 512 GB or even 1.5 terabytes.
Some features of the new MacBook Air are already known in the Pro series: For example, a touch-sensitive sensor has been installed, with which you can replace many fingerprint passwords. In Germany, you will soon be able to pay for online purchases once the Apple Pay announcement is made.
T2 security chip
The Pro also comes with the T2 security chip, which protects Mac from malicious software on boot. The T2 chip also ensures that the MacBook Air can be handled with the Siri Voice Assistant. It also completely turns off the device microphones when the notebook is shut down. This separation is based on Apple's "purely material-level" data. Thus, a malware is no longer able to secretly activate the microphone.
Silent throttle keypad
The Air keyboard corresponds to the current Pro series. This third generation of the so-called low-key throttle keyboard feels precise when typing and is no longer as powerful as the keyboard of older Pro models. The first butterfly versions were also relatively prone to repair, for example, crumbs or dust seeds stuck between the keys. Warranty statistics on the new MacBook Pro models now show that the bug has been corrected.
Apple cut the interfaces: The old MacBook Air (13 inches) offered two more USB-A ports, a Thunderbolt port and an SD card slot. The new one has only two USB-C connectors on the left, but can also be used as a DisplayPort for external display or as a fast Thunderbolt port for external storage connection.
But if you only want to plug in a simple USB stick, you need an adapter. And who wants to take photos from a camera without a connected card reader in the notebook will lose the SD card slot. After all, Apple's engineers have not gotten the new MacBook Air jack for a headphone jack.
An important criterion for everyday usability is battery life. Apple argues that you can browse the internet for twelve hours with the new MacBook Air. In the practice test, this number of hours was not reached, also because between games or applications like Adobe Photoshop ran. The regular business day of a digital nomad MacBook Air but it should end without a host interruption.
With a dual-core processor, the MacBook Air is not computing power, but makes everyday tasks stable. Even if the browsing times of more than 20 tabs are open, the MacBook Air recognized the load only with a quiet fan, but without kneeling.
In particular, Retina's upgrading of the screen ensures that Apple has raised prices for the MacBook Air to just below 1350 euros (8GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage). The model with 256 GB SSD storage costs a little over 1600 euros. The MacBook Air is available in gray, gold and silver.