MacBook Air: Features, specifications, and pricing for Apple’s most affordable laptop

The MacBook Air is Apple’s most affordable laptop. If you’re looking for a good performing machine at low price, the MacBook Air fits the bill. Learn more about the MacBook Air by reading about its features and specifications below.

Editor’s note: Updated 12/2/20 with a report that Apple could update the MacBook Air next with with a mini-LED display.

The latest: MacBook Air could get a mini-LED display in 2022

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple could release a new “affordable” MacBook Air in 2022 that uses a mini-LED display. Mini-LED technology costs more to implement, but according to Kuo, Apple offsets the cost because it is using its own silicon.

Apple’s new MacBook Air with Apple’s M1 chip

At its ”One more thing” online event on November 10, Apple introduced its first Macs equipped with the company’s own processors instead of Intel’s. Among those Macs were the new MacBook Air that has Apple’s M1 processor.

Current MacBook Air: Processor, graphics, storage

The MacBook Air has Apple’s M1 system on a chip (SoC), which means the CPU, RAM, GPU, and other chip components are on a single piece of silicon. Here are the specifications for the M1:

  • 5 nanometer process technology
  • 8-core CPU
    • 4 performance cores
    • 4 efficiency cores
  • 7- or 8-core graphics processor (GPU)
  • 16-core Neural Engine
  • 8GB or 16GB of RAM (not user upgradeable)

The MacBook Air uses solid-state drives (SSDs) for file storage. They’re faster than hard drives, but since they’re more expensive to produce, the SSDs in the MacBook Air don’t come near the terabytes of storage offered by a hard drive.

What you need to know about buying a new Mac with Apple silicon.

Screen

The MacBook Air has a 13.3-inch LED-backlit screen with IPS technology and 400 nits of brightness. It has a 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for the P3 wide color gamut.