Apple's November event mainly focused on the latest Mac updates, including the release of the first custom Apple Silicon M1 chip and macOS 11 Big Sur. The combination of these two hardware and software updates enhances every Mac and MacBook user experience tremendously.
To get the full experience, Apple launched a new 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini to let you experience the faster performance, extended battery life, and smoother graphics of the Apple Silicon M1 chip and macOS 11 Big Sur update.
Here are the details you need to know before you buy your new MacBook.
13-inch MacBook Air (2020)
Apple CEO Tim Cook reminded us that the MacBook Air is everyone's favorite laptop, being that it is the best-selling MacBook. Available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, you can work on your assignments and projects for school and work on the 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Retina display.
Starting from $999 or $899 in the Education store, this new MacBook Air 2020 continues to sport a sleek design that integrates everyone's favorite Touch ID sensor, the Magic keyboard, Wide color (P3), and True Tone technology. The higher 2560-by-1600 native resolution makes it even better for when you're watching your favorite shows on Netflix.
With this MacBook Air, you get one headphone port and two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports for charging, connection to a DisplayPort of your choice, Thunderbolt 3 option for up to 40GB per second, or USB 3.1 Gen 2 for up to 10GB per second.
Performing "faster than 98% of PC laptops sold last year," this MacBook Air has a longer battery life to stream videos and attend video calls thanks to the Apple Silicon M1 chip. The Apple M1 chip features an "8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, 7-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine" for the best and smoothest user experience.
The Apple M1 chip is also featured in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Let's uncover the details in the next section.
13-inch MacBook Pro (2020)
The 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 is the other Mac that supports Apple's first custom Apple Silicon M1 chip. Like before, the MacBook Pro includes Touch ID and its signature Touch Bar.
Available in the classic Silver and Space Gray colors, you can choose between Apple's first custom M1 processor chip or Intel. To get the full Apple experience, check out the M1 chip—it's also at a reasonable price compared to the Intel model.
Like the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro operates with 5x faster graphics performance and almost 3x faster CPU performance. This Macbook Pro 2020 also sports the latest Neural Engine that is 11x faster than its predecessor.
If you're worried that a faster performance would wear out the battery, don't worry!
The integration of Apple's M1 chip and the macOS 11 Big Sur update helps the MacBook battery lives to last longer than before. The MacBook Pro currently has the longest battery life in a Mac where it can last up to 20 hours of video playback, 10 hours more than before.
As seen in the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro also gets a camera upgrade. Beyond the improved noise reduction and enhanced face detection on the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro camera records sharper video with less grain and better contrast, especially in low-light environments.
Since the MacBook Pro includes additional enhancements compared to the MacBook Air, it starts from $1,299 or $1,199 in the Education Store.
Mac mini (2020)
Apple also upgraded the Mac mini. Similar to the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, the Mac mini supports 6K resolution and uses the Apple M1 chip, too.
Like its predecessor, the Mac mini 2020 comes with the Mac mini in Silver with a power cord. In addition to using the Apple M1 chip, the Mac mini also supports the upcoming macOS Big Sur system to perform the fastest with the smoothest graphics any desktop user could ask for.
Starting from $699, the Mac mini can support up to two displays through the Thunderbolt/USB 4 and HDMI 2.0 ports. You can also use the two Thunderbolt/USB4 ports to connect a DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3 for up to 40GB per second, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 for up to 10GB per second.
In terms of sound, the Mac mini 2020 has a built-in speaker, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and an HDMI 2.0 port for multichannel audio outputs of your choice.
The Mac mini also supports various accessories, displays and adapters, and Mac Softwares including Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro. For the full list, visit Apple's official site for more information.
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Apple Silicon is finally here! The 2020 MacBook Air is built around the all-new M1 processing chip. The first-ever ARM-based Apple-exclusive chip features an 8-core CPU with four performance cores, four efficiency cores, 7-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. All these upgrades make up the most powerful MacBook Air ever. The latest silent, fanless design boasts up to 16 hours of battery life.
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