On November 10th, Apple officially released its latest MacBook Air which comes with the new M1 chip. This is the first device to use Apple’s self-developed M1 chip. Well, it took only five months for Apple to have refurbished versions of this MacBook. According to recent reports, the official refurbished version of the M1 MacBook Air is now available in China. This device is currently on sale on Apple’s official website.
It offers three different configurations. The 8-core CPU and the 7-core GPU version (8GB+256GB) are selling for 6,799 yuan ($1051). The 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU version (8GB+512GB) is on the shelf for 8,389 yuan ($1297). In addition, the 8GB+1TB version with the same configuration sells for 9,669 yuan ($1494). These prices are over 1000 yuan ($155) cheaper than the brand new models. Furthermore, you can also enjoy a one-year warranty, free delivery, installment payment, etc. In addition, the device will come with a brand new USB-C data cable and charger.
Apple MacBook Air
Apple released the M1 chip specially designed for Mac in November last year. The M1 chip is Apple’s first personal computer chip built on a 5-nanometer process, encapsulating 16 billion transistors, which is the highest of all Apple chips. Apple said that compared to the latest portable Windows PC chips, the M1 chip has 2 times the CPU operating speed and 25% energy saving.
Furthermore, Apple says that the new MacBook Air is three times faster than the previous MacBook Air. This chip integrates the “fastest graphics in the world which is five times faster than the previous model”…Apple said
In terms of CPU, the new MacBook Air is 3.5 times faster than the previous generation while its SSD speed is twice as fast. In terms of battery life, the new notebook has up to 15 hours of wireless network browsing and 18 hours of video playback time. An interesting part of this MacBook Air is that it comes with a completely silent and fanless design. In terms of pricing, the new MacBook Air starts at $999. The Apple MacBook Air as well as the MacBook Pro and Mac mini models are available to order now on Apple.com. You can also pre-order these devices through the Apple Store app. The first official/pick-up sale will take place next week.
With the arrival of the new MacBook with Apple’s own chip, the company is now shifting away from Intel processors in Macs. A couple of months ago, the company revealed that it will use its own custom Apple Silicon processors in Macs. At the time, it promised that its chips will offer industry-leading performance per watt. However, for now, Apple will still release MacBooks with Intel chips. The complete transition will take about two years. As of now, the company is developing a 27-inch iMac with Intel chips.
Key features of the new MacBook Air:
- Apple-designed M1 chip with 8‑core CPU and 8‑core GPU
- A completely silent, fanless design
- Up to 3.5x faster CPU, up to 5x faster graphics, and up to 2x faster SSD
- Up to 9x faster machine learning
- 13-inch Retina display with True Tone and P3 wide color gamut support
- Up to 2TB of SSD storage and up to 16GB of memory
- Up to 18 hours of battery life
- Two Thunderbolt 3/USB4 ports
- Magic Keyboard, Force Touch trackpad, and Touch ID
- Wi-Fi 6
Apple claims that the new MacBook Air is three times faster than “the best-selling Windows laptop in its class”. On February 24th, Apple released an official copy of the MacBook Air equipped with the M1 processor on the US official website. It is reported that Apple’s official refurbished products have strict processing procedures and have the same strict functional testing standards as brand new products.