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MacBook Air

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Model
MacBook Air
Release Date
November 2020

Features

• 256GB / 512GB
• 13.3" LED-Backlit Retina Display with IPS Technology
• Apple M1 chip
• Backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID Sensor
• Up to 18 Hours Video Playback
• 8GB / 16GB unified Memory

Description

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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Overview

The first-ever Apple Silicon laptop is finally here.

The MacBook Air (13-inch) model is Apple's best selling laptop worldwide. So it's a no-brainer for Apple to introduce the M1 chip in the beloved 2020 13-inch MacBook Air.

With the M1, the 13-inch MacBook Air is mightier than before. It's a powerful, compact laptop encased in a lightweight frame. It's an excellent choice for personal, academic, and professional use.

Especially nowadays, virtual classes and working from home are the norm. Now more thane ever, it's vital that our laptops can support our schedules. The new M1 MacBook Air is a reliable device that you can count on for any task—no matter how big or small.

The 2020 MacBook Air comes with many exciting upgrades. Some of the new features of the M1 MacBook Air 13-inch include the all-new Apple Silicon chip, upgraded 16-core Neural Engine, and silent design.

The new M1 chip is Apple's exclusive processing chip. It's the first integration of Apple Silicon in Mac devices. It's an all-in-one system on a chip (SoC) that incorporates the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and other powerful processors into a single chip. By compacting all the processors in one place, the new MacBook Air is the most power-efficient laptop ever.

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The upgraded FaceTime HD camera and three-microphone array set up is another reason why the MacBook Air is Apple's best selling laptop. Now you can have crystal clear video and audio calls with friends, family, classmates, and colleagues. Additionally, with the Neural Engine, machine learning can use face detection to adjust lighting for even, natural-looking skin tones.

Apple also updated the Magic Keyboard with newly preprogrammed shortcuts and features. With Spotlight, ask Siri for help, find documents, or respond with your favorite emoji more accessible than ever before.

The latest MacBook Air laptop is also manufactured with Apple's sustainability goals in mind. The 13-inch MacBook Air is constructed with 100% recycled aluminum in the enclosure, 100% recycled tin in the main logic board's solder, and 35% or more recycled plastic in multiple components.

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Beyond its physical features, the 2020 MacBook Air comes pre-installed with the latest macOS Big Sur. You can now swiftly transition from your iPhone or iPad apps onto your MacBook Air immediately. Never miss a beat with the new 13-inch MacBook Air.

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Features

Design and Size

The MacBook Air is as user-friendly as any Apple laptop. It has a 13.3-inch (diagonal) high-resolution LED-backlit with IPS technology. It also features a 2560 x 1600 Retina display with True Tone technology and supports 227 pixels per inch.

Images take on new levels of detail and realism on the brilliant 13.3‑inch, 2560‑by‑1600-resolution Retina display. The text is sharp and clear. Colors are more vibrant than ever. Lastly, the glass goes right to the edge of the enclosure, so nothing takes away from your gorgeous view.

With the latest Neural Engine update and ARM-based M1 chip, True Tone technology displays graphics more precise and more vibrant than any MacBook Air predecessor.

For those who frequently edit graphics, photos, or web design, text and graphics will still be sharp and clear when you zoom in ten-fold. True Tone technology will always display the most accurate colors as it automatically adjusts the screen's white point and illumination.

Like its namesake, the MacBook Air is compact, lightweight, and slim. The ARM-based MacBook Air weighs 1.29 kg (2.8 lb). As for its size, this Apple laptop measures 30.4 x 21.2 x 1.61 cm (11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 in.). The MacBook Air is also available in classic Apple colors—Space Gray, Gold, and Silver.

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MacBook Air 2020 users can comfortably type on the backlit Magic Keyboard. The Magic Keyboard is Apple's standard keyboard that features a scissor mechanism. Apple touts it as "the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook." The beloved scissor-switch keyboard provides a quiet typing experience with an ambient light sensor.

With the new macOS Big Sur, users can use apps from their iPad or iPhone directly on their MacBook Air. Users can securely unlock the MacBook Air using Touch ID and make safe online payments with Apple Pay.

On top of that, Apple increased its security measures with a Touch ID button. Now, you can have peace-in-mind when you save private information and make secure online payments. The Touch ID button is located on the right side of the keyboard. Use your fingerprint to expedite the notebook's unlocking time or fill in your shipping and billing information with a single tap.

The ARM-based MacBook Air 13-inch has two USB-C Thunderbolt ports. Thunderbolt 3 can deliver up to 40GB/s and up to 10Gb/s with USB 3.1 Gen 2. These ports are also used to charge your device and project with DisplayPort.

With Thunderbolt 3, MacBook Air users can project high-definition graphics, presentations, and videos to an external screen without lag delay. Like the M1 chip's compactness, the Thunderbolt 3 port combines data transferring, charging, and video outputs all into one connector.

Performance and Chip

In terms of hardware performance, the MacBook Air got some major upgrades. It now uses an 8-core CPU with four perform­ance cores and four efficiency cores. The new Apple Silicon also has a 7-core GPU and 16-core Neural Engine. It's packed with an incredible 16 billion transistors, too! This generation of MacBook Air has up to 5x faster graphics performance than previous models.

The 13-inch MacBook Air comes with a standard 256 GB of SSD. It can still be configured to 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of SSD storage to securely save photos, videos, passwords, and online payment information. It also has up to 8GB (3733MHz) of memory and up to 3.2GHz Turbo Boost. If that's not enough power, the notebook can be configured to support 16GB of RAM.

Along with the new M1 chip and its machine learning capabilities, the T2 Security chip secures all your data, passwords, and payment information saved on the SSD and is fully encrypted. Feel reassured Apple's Secure Enclave coprocessor, dedicated AES storage encryption engine, and secure boot and runtime security features.

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Apple's latest ENERGY STAR®–certified laptop operates on the new macOS Big Sur. The latest Mac operating system is programmed to accommodate all the new M1 chip and support Intel-based applications.

The MacBook Air will be able to transition tasks between different devices with built-in continuity. For instance, you can now continue writing your notes from your iPad to MacBook Air without extra transitional steps. Or you can unlock your Mac with the Apple Watch; every transition is smooth and effortless with the latest Apple technology.

Camera and Audio

With macOS Big Sur's built-in Continuity, it's crucial to have a clear front-facing camera. The 720p FaceTime HD camera is perfect for group video calls and Photo Booth selfies.

In conjunction with machine learning and the Neural Engine, the FaceTime HD camera can automatically adjust your lighting settings for an even, natural skin tone. Users can make calls and take high definition pictures on the MacBook Air without sacrificing quality.

Moreover, the FaceTime HD camera includes a three-microphone array to record users' voices clearer when speaking to Siri, video calls, and audio calls. The microphone focuses on your voice without picking up the background noise.

You can also listen to audio in-ear with earphones or directly from the device itself on the 2020 MacBook Air. Easily connect Bluetooth enabled headphones, Apple AirPod, or AirPods Pro.

The stereo speakers on the M1 MacBook Air features wide stereo sound with support for Dolby Atmos playback. The MacBook Air allows users to immerse themselves in their listening experiences fully.

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Battery

With so many upgraded features, users will be shocked to know that the 2020 MacBook Air does not require more power. Thanks to the new M1 chip, the new MacBook Air supports up to 15 hours of wireless web and up to 18 hours of Apple TV app movie playback.

The lightweight notebook uses a built-in 49.9‑watt-hour lithium‑polymer battery and 30W USB-C Power Adapter to ensure your laptop has power whenever you need it.

Additionally, the new MacBook Air is an industry-leader for thermal efficiency. The M1 chip delivers premier performance without a fan.

Instead, this Apple notebook uses an aluminum heat spreader to dissipate the heat the system generates. So regardless of your tasks, programs, or tabs, the MacBook Air runs completely silent.

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MacBook Air (2019) vs. MacBook Air (2020)

Key Difference

MacBook Air (2019) MacBook Air (2020)
Price Starting at $999 Starting at $999
Dimensions 0.41-1.61 x 30.41 x 21.24 cm 0.41-1.61 x 30.41 x 21.24 cm
Screen 13.3-inch Retina 13.3-inch Retina
Resolution 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600
Battery Up to 11 hours of battery Up to 18 hrs of battery
Processor 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics M1 7-core GPU
Touch ID and Touch Bar Touch ID Touch ID
Color Silver, Space Gray, and Gold Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

Design and Size

The 2019 and 2020 MacBook Air are identical in their design and size. However, internally, their hardware and software are very different. Of course, the most significant difference between the two models is the processor.

The 2020 MacBook Air is Apple's first-ever ARM-based silicon chip. All the MacBook Air's new features and significant upgrades are reliant on the M1 chip. The M1 CPU speeds up to 3.5x faster, and its GPU speeds up to 5x faster. Also, Apple's Neural Engine is up to 9x quicker for machine learning.

Despite these mammoth hardware upgrades, the 2020 13-inch MacBook Air still has two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Depending on your needs, having more than two ports and external connectors may be an essential factor to consider.

As for its design and size, the MacBook Air 2019 is just 0.3 pounds lighter than the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air has the same Retina display and True Tone technology. So, both Apple laptops offer the same amount of pixel resolution.

Although the MacBook Air does not include the Touch Bar, Apple still guarantees your personal information is secure. Both models have the Touch ID feature on the MacBook Air console. There is a small Touch ID button on the right side of the function keys on the keyboard.

Moreover, without a fan, the 2020 MacBook Air is the quietest notebook Apple has ever created. With the refined Magic Keyboard, silence is the only noise you'll hear when working away on your M1 MacBook Air.

Performance, Chip, and Battery

M1 Chip

Despite the similarities between the 2019 and 2020 MacBook Air 13-inch, the 2019 Air's processor is not as fast or power efficient.

The 2019 Apple MacBook Air has a quad-core Intel Core i7. Although Intel's performance is quite adequate, the new Apple Silicon is explicitly designed for the Mac.

The M1 processing chip has an 8-core CPU with four perform­ance cores, four efficiency cores, and a 16-core Neural Engine. The integration of the M1 chip means the new 2020 MacBook Air is incredibly fast and still power efficient. There is also a 7-core GPU for crystal clear display.

Apple created the MacBook Air as a lightweight, user-friendly personal laptop capable of doing daily tasks. Before, the MacBook Air was a standard laptop that was mainly used for e-mail, web browsers, and video streaming. However, with the M1 processing chip in the 2020 model, the MacBook Air can support heavy-duty software such as Photoshop, Logic Pro, and gaming.

Moreover, if you want an even more powerful processor, the 2020 MacBook Air 13-inch can be configured to support 16GB unified memory. Storage can also be configurable to 512GB, 1TB, or 2TBSSD.


Battery

As for battery life, to no surprise, the Apple Silicon MacBook Air outlasts the Intel MacBook Air by six extra hours. Despite the plethora of upgrades, the new MacBook Air's thermal efficiency outlasts any previous Apple laptop battery life. That's a total of 18 hours of video streaming on the new 2020 MacBook Air!

The MacBook Air 2019 and 2020 model uses the same USB-C Power Adapter of 30W. The USB-C Charge Cable (2 m) is included in the MacBook Air package.


Performance

When it comes to the devices' processing power, the MacBook Pro 2019 holds a significant advantage over the MacBook Air 2019.

The 2019 MacBook Air base model comes with a 1.1 GHz Intel i3 dual-core processor. Although there is an option to upgrade to the i5 quad-core processor on the Intel MacBook Air, you'll have to pay more, and the 1.1 GHz remains the same despite the core upgrade. Whereas the 2020 MacBook Air starts at the same price, $999, the M1 chip already runs an 8-core CPU.

For the $999 price tag, the 2020 and 2019 MacBook Air are vastly different. Strictly on processing capabilities, the 2020 Apple M1 MacBook Air is a significant upgrade from its predecessor.

The 2019 Intel MacBook Air bites the dust in terms of processing power and functions. Although features like Retina display, FaceTime HD camera, and design remain the same, the integration of Neural Engine propels the 2020 MacBook Air to a whole new level.

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13-inch MacBook Air (2019)

If you're looking for a new laptop, the MacBook Air 2019 (13-inch) model is a compact laptop that brings high performance to your daily tasks. The 13-inch MacBook Air can is an excellent choice for personal and professional use.

Whether you need to take notes for school, send e-mails, create documents, or run the occasional complex software, you can rely on the MacBook Air.

The third-generation MacBook Air comes with new upgrades. Some of the new features of the 2019 MacBook Air include the new Magic Keyboard, upgraded Force Touch trackpad, and sustainable metal material.

The new Magic Keyboard uses a scissor-switch mechanism that provides a responsive and quiet typing experience. The keyboard is also backlit with an ambient light sensor that allows you to type in low-light environments.

The new Force Touch trackpad is also different from previous Apple trackpads. It uses haptic feedback, Multi-Touch gestures, and a larger surface area than before.
The 2019 Apple laptop is made of recycled aluminum alloy and manufactured with 47% fewer carbon emissions. The alloy material creates a durable finish without mining our planet for more aluminum.

On top of its physical features, the 2019 MacBook Air comes pre-installed with the latest macOS Catalina. You can now connect your iPhone to sync photos, messages, games, and everything else immediately. Never miss a moment on either device.

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Features

Design and Size

The MacBook Air is as user-friendly as other Apple devices. It has a 13.3-inch (diagonal) high-resolution LED-backlit with IPS technology. It also features a 2560 x 1600 Retina display with True Tone technology. The new Retina display has 48% more colors and precision than before with the new True Tone technology.

Including the True Tone technology means that the MacBook Air display screen can view high-definition movies, videos, and photos with precise and crisp colors.

True Tone technology will always display the most accurate colors as it automatically adjusts the screen's white point and illumination. Whether you are in a dark room or natural sunlight, never worry about glare or overly bright screens again.

If you plan to carry your laptop around different classrooms, meeting rooms, or coffee shops, the 13-inch MacBook Air is quite lightweight. The MacBook Air weighs 1.3 kg (2.7 lb), which is about the weight of a jug of half-gallon milk. As for its size, this Apple laptop measures 30.4 x 21.2 x 1.61 cm (11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 in.).

The MacBook Air is also available in popular Apple colors—Space Grey, Gold, and Silver. For extra protection, consider investing in a MacBook Air 13-inch case, too.

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MacBook Air 2019 users can comfortably type on the new Magic Keyboard. The Magic Keyboard finally returned to the MacBook lineup after Apple replaced it several generations ago with the controversial Butterfly keyboard. The beloved scissor-switch keyboard provides a quiet, classic typing experience.

With the new macOS Catalina, users can extend screens from the MacBook Air to the iPad. Users can unlock the MacBook using Touch ID and make secure online payments with Apple Pay.

On top of that, Apple increased its security measures with a Touch ID button. Now, you can have peace-in-mind when you save private information and make secure online payments. The Touch ID button is located on the right side of the function keys on the keyboard. This feature also expedites the laptop's unlocking time as you don't need to type in your password anymore.

The MacBook Air 13-inch has two USB ports. It can deliver up to 40GB/s for twice the bandwidth of the Thunderbolt 2. The versatility of the Thunderbolt 3 port extends to support 6K, 5K, or two 4K displays.

The Thunderbolt 3 port gives you the option to project high-definition graphics, presentations, videos to an external screen without lag delay. The Thunderbolt 3 port combines data transferring, charging, and video outputs all into one connector and port.

Performance and Chip

In terms of hardware performance, the MacBook Air uses the 4-core Intel Core i7 processor. This generation of MacBook Air is 80% faster graphics performance than previous models. Furthermore, the Intel Core i7 is one of the leading processors available on the market.

The 13-inch MacBook Air has 2TB of SSD storage to securely save photos, videos, passwords, and online payment information. It also has up to 8GB (3733MHz) of memory and up to 3.2GHz Turbo Boost.

As for security, feel reassured that all your data, passwords, and payment information saved on the SSD is fully encrypted. The T2 Security chip is Apple's secure second-generation custom silicon design for the MacBook Pro—which is also available on the lighter and more affordable MacBook Air.

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The T2 Security chip is Apple's secure second-generation custom silicon design for the MacBook laptops. Additionally, beyond security, the T2 chip is more efficient in completing tasks and loading secure applications.

These security measures are essential steps to protect your data and secure online payments.

Apple's sustainable laptop operates on macOS Catalina, which was programmed to accommodate all other Apple devices. The. MacBook Air will be able to transition tasks between different devices with built-in Continuity.

For instance, now, you can pick up a FaceTime call on your MacBook Air without having to pick up your iPhone or you can unlock your Mac with the Apple Watch.

Additionally, a collaboration between users is also more accessible with the new support for iCloud folder sharing. You can now create, share, and edit documents both online and offline. For those who may need an extra screen, you can also use Sidecar, which connects any iPad with the MacBook Air.

Camera and Audio

With macOS Catalina's built-in Continuity, it's crucial to have a clear front-facing camera. The new 720p FaceTime HD camera is perfect for group video calls and Photo Booth selfies.
Users can make calls and take high definition pictures on the MacBook Air without sacrificing quality on a non-iPhone device.

Moreover, the FaceTime HD camera includes a three-microphone array to record users' voices clearer when speaking to Siri, video calls, and audio calls.

You can also listen to audio in-ear with earphones or directly from the device itself on the MacBook Air. Easily connect Bluetooth enabled headphones, Apple AirPod, or AirPods Pro.

The new stereo speakers on the MacBook Air delivers 25% more volume and twice the bass than before. With a wider stereo built-into, the Apple laptop allows users to fully immerse themselves into their listening experiences.

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Battery

With this many new features, it makes sense that the MacBook Air requires more power. Apple has equipped the new 2019 MacBook Air with the Thunderbolt 3, also known as the USB-C.

Thunderbolt 3 uses a USB-C port to transfer data and charge and connect devices faster than Thunderbolt 2. The T2 chip also optimizes battery usage to lengthen the battery life depending on its regular use.

The MacBook Air 13-inch battery can last up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 12 hours of Apple TV app movie playback.

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MacBook Air (2019) vs. MacBook Pro (2019)

Key Difference

MacBook Air (13-inch) MacBook Pro (13-inch)
Price Starting at $999 Starting at $1299
Dimensions 0.41-1.61 x 30.41 x 21.24 cm 1.56 x 30.41 x 21.24 cm
Screen 13.3-inch Retina 13.3-inch Retina
Resolution 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600
Battery Up to 11 hours of battery Up to 10 hrs of battery
Processor 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 1.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
Touch ID and Touch Bar Touch ID Touch ID and Touch Bar
Color Silver, Space Gray and Gold Silver and Space Gray

Design and Size

Initially, the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro look nearly very similar as they are both 13-inches. However, there are significant differences in terms of practical functionalities.
The MacBook Pro comes in three model options:

  • MacBook Pro 13-in. with two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • MacBook Pro 13-in. with four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • MacBook Pro 16-in. model with several port options.


Meanwhile, the 13-inch MacBook Air has ports compared to the MacBook Pro models. The MacBook Air only has two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Depending on your needs, having more than two ports and external connectors may be an important factor to consider when choosing your next laptop.

As for its design and size, the MacBook Air 2019 is just 0.3 pounds lighter than the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air has the same Retina display and True Tone technology. So, both Apple laptops offer the same amount of pixel resolution.

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Although the MacBook Air does not include the Touch Bar, Apple still guarantees your personal information is secure. Apple does this by adding the Touch ID feature on the MacBook Air console. There is a small Touch ID button on the right side of the function keys on the keyboard.

Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar gives users easier access to basic functions like audio volume and display brightness. It also allows you to make certain adjustments on a slider, giving you more choice on adjustments.

Performance, Chip, and Battery

Despite the similarities between the MacBook Pro 13-inch and MacBook Air 13-inch, the Air's processor is not as fast or power efficient.

The Apple MacBook Air has a Turbo Boost that goes up to 3.8GHz. In comparison, the MacBook Pro 13-in. can reach 4.5GHz and a maximum of 1.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7. So, in terms of "pro" performance, the MacBook Pro 13-in. is the more appealing device with its 1.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7.

Apple created the MacBook Air as a lightweight, user-friendly personal laptop capable of doing daily tasks. If you mostly use e-mail, web browsers, and video streaming, the MacBook Air is perfect for you. Alternatively, if you need a laptop for heavy-duty software such as MATLAB, Logic Pro X, or Autodesk Maya, consider the MacBook Pro.

Moreover, if you want an even more powerful processor, the larger MacBook Pro 16-in. has Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz. Its most robust processor is at 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 and the MacBook Pro 16-in. holds more data on its hard drive than the smaller Apple laptop model.

As for battery life, surprisingly, the MacBook Air lasts the MacBook Pro 13-inch. The Air has an hour extra battery life. The extra hour could be due to the absence of the full Touch Bar on the MacBook Air. Regardless, this detail is unconfirmed by Apple.

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The MacBook Air has a lower USB-C Power Adapter of 30W than the 61W in the MacBook Pro 13-in. Despite this detail, the MacBook Air can last up to two hours longer streaming the Apple TV app's movie playback.

When it comes to the devices' processing power, the MacBook Pro 2019 holds a significant advantage over the MacBook Air 2019.

The MacBook Pro 13-inch's base model comes with a 1.4 GHz Intel i5 quad-core processor. In comparison, the MacBook Air base model comes with a 1.1 GHz Intel i3 dual-core processor. Although there is an option to upgrade to the i5 quad-core processor on the MacBook Air, you'll have to pay more, and the 1.1 GHz remains the same despite the core upgrade.

Although the MacBook Pro has a better graphics card with the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, the MacBook Air also has competitive as it has the predecessor, Iris Plus Graphics card. If you aren't expecting to edit long videos or play computer games, the MacBook Air graphics is more than enough.

The MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019) can run more programs and process data faster than the MacBook Air (2019). However, with a higher starting price point and if extra processing power isn't necessary for your daily needs, then consider getting the 13-inch MacBook Air.

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