Apple unveiled in a grand launch event the day before, the new MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The event was Apple’s third in three months, following its iPhone event in October and the unveiling of its new line of Apple Watches in September. In this article, we will be talking about the new MacBooks, price and specifications.
Apple has used its in-house chip namely the M1 chip for the first time which has made headlines. The new MacBook Air, Apple’s thinnest and lightest laptop, will have improved performance and better battery life than its predecessor, a high-quality camera, Touch ID, and more vibrant display. Apple says the MacBook Air will not have a fan, meaning it’s completely silent.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, on the other hand, will have upgraded performance and battery life — To put Apple’s statement as it is, the MacBook Pro is capable of 17 hours of web browsing and 20 hours of video playback, which is the longest-ever battery life in a Mac. The laptop will also have a studio-quality mic and a sharper camera.
The M1 chip
The new MacBooks are notable because they contain Apple’s new M1, a new computer chip designed in-house. Previous MacBooks have run on Intel’s chips, making this shift the biggest change to Apple’s Mac lineup in years.
This has made the Macbooks the first laptops to be powered by 5nm based chip. The homemade processor will offer several key advantages for Apple: As the chips are based on Apple’s A14 Bionic processor — which currently powers iPhones and iPads — the Mac experience will feel more consistent with that of Apple’s other hardware products.
The M1 chips should also offer better power efficiency as they are based on the class-leading 5nm based architecture. There are added improvements to machine learning and Artificial Intelligence(AI).
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As all of Apple’s devices will now run on the same architecture, iPhone and iPad apps will now run directly on MacBooks. This alone can make a world of difference in MacOS. Earlier this year, CEO Tim Cook said that the transition to Apple silicon will help the company bring new products to life — Apple will have more flexibility when it comes to releasing new Macs, since it won’t have to rely on a third-party for the chips, and it should be able to more easily integrate hardware and software features on the Mac.
Price and Availability
The MacBook Air starts at $999, and $899 for education. The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299, and $1,199 for education.
|MacBook Pro 13″||$1299|
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