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MacBook Air sports M1 chip and 18 hours of playback

Dale Davies |
With the M1 chip, MacBook Air speeds through everything from editing family photos to exporting videos for the web.


The powerful 8 core CPU performs up to 3.5x faster than the previous generation. With up to an 8 core GPU, graphics are up to 5x faster, the biggest leap ever for MacBook Air, so immersive, graphics intensive games run at significantly higher frame rates. ML workloads are up to 9x faster, so apps that use ML based features like face recognition or object detection can do so in a fraction of the time. The M1 chip’s storage controller and latest flash technology deliver up to 2x faster SSD performance, so previewing massive images or importing large files is faster than ever.

And in MacBook Air, M1 is faster than the chips in 98 percent of PC laptops sold in the past year. With the efficiency of M1, MacBook Air also delivers this performance in a fanless design, which means no matter what users are doing, it remains completely silent. And the new MacBook Air features extraordinary battery life, with up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback the longest battery life ever on a MacBook Air.

Other new features in MacBook Air include Apple’s latest image signal processor (ISP) in the M1 chip, which improves camera image quality with better noise reduction, greater dynamic range, and improved auto white balance and ML enhanced face detection so users look their best during video calls. Support for P3 wide color results in an even more vibrant, true to life Retina display. The Secure Enclave in M1, combined with Big Sur, delivers best in class security with features like Touch ID, which makes it easy to unlock MacBook Air and make secure online purchases using Apple Pay with the touch of a finger.

And new Wi Fi delivers faster wireless performance, while two Thunderbolt ports with USB support allow for connectivity to a wide range of peripherals. When compared to the previous generation, the M1 powered MacBook Air can: export a project for the web with iMovie up to 3x faster, integrate 3D effects into video in Final Cut Pro up to 5x faster, for the first time, play back and edit multiple streams of full quality, 4K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro without dropping a frame, export photos from Lightroom up to twice as fast, extend FaceTime and other video calls for up to twice as long on a single charge.


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