By Tatler Thailand
December 05, 2020
Don’t be fooled by its cover, the new MacBook Air packs a punch on the inside
After launching all four iPhone 12 models this year, Apple announced the new MacBook Air during its ‘One More Thing’ virtual event. The new MacBook Air is the thinnest and lightest notebook full of the powerful Apple M1 chip that everyone is talking about. “The introduction of three new Macs featuring Apple’s innovative M1 chip represents a bold change that was years in the making and marked a truly historic day for the Mac and for Apple,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. While the new model looks almost identical to the older one, it has plenty of exciting upgrades. Here’s what to look forward to.
Since 2005, Mac computers have been using Intel chips although iPhones and iPad have been using their own chips for years. After years of research and experimentation, Apple’s first home-made chip specifically designed for Macs is being introduced under the name M1 chip. The new innovation promises incredible performance, custom technologies and revolutionary power efficiency. The M1 chip combines the processor, I / O, security and memory into one chip, and with the technology of the 5-nanometer process, the small chip is capable of packing in 16 billion transistors, allowing for an increase in battery life, CPU performance and graphics integrated faster. M1 also merges high bandwidth and low latency memory together, dramatically improving power performance and efficiency. Gamers will experience faster and more detailed videos than previous models.
On every Mac, an M1 8-core CPU is the most efficient, producing four performance cores and four efficiency cores that work well to tackle tasks. The smooth operation helps save battery life. When it comes to low power silicon, the CPU claims to be the fastest in the world.
The 8-core GPU is the most advanced and fastest integrated graphics in the world in a PC. Capable of operating nearly 25,000 threads simultaneously, it is five times faster in graphic performance. For designers and video editors, the new MacBook Air can handle graphics-intensive jobs like behind-the-scenes video editing in high-quality 4K playback bags. If you use Final Cut Pro, you will experience 3D title rendering speed 5.3 times faster.
In terms of battery life, the 18 hours of battery life will save you six hours of charging.
Machine Learning (ML) helps apps build and apply models based on large amounts of data from tasks as simple as recognizing faces in photographs and videos to more complex ones such as interpreting natural language for dictation and filtering laughter, applause and sounds others. Everything is processed by the machine for privacy.
The M1 chip is engineered for Machine Learning and the CPU, GPU and Neural Engine are all created for different types of ML workloads with the ML performance manager allocating different tasks for the optimum performance. With two ML accelerators, the matrix multiplication will operate as fast as one trillion operations per second.
Images on the new MacBook Air are even more detailed thanks to a 13.3-inch, 1560 x 1600 resolution Retina display. With a higher pixel density and 25 percent more colors than sRGB, the screen shows smarter texts and images and clearer much more lively. The MacBook Air also automatically adjusts the white point of your display according to the color temperature of your environment for a natural and comfortable viewing experience.
FaceTime calls will be more obscure with the image signal processor in the M1 chip. The FaceTime HD camera will show clearer images with more detail in shadows and highlights. With the help of the Nuclear Machine, face detection will automatically adjust the white balance and exposure. There are three built-in microphones that will capture everything you say in great detail.
The keyboard now comes with reprogrammed shortcuts, allowing easier access to the most relevant features. Whether you’re talking to Siri, changing keyboard languages or finding the right emoji, Spotlight is there to help. Dictation and Do Not Disturb keys also replace keyboard launch and brightness. In addition, the type pad has a refined scissor mechanism that delivers the best typing experience with precise control of the Touch trackpad to ensure an easier place to swipe, pinch or zoom. Meanwhile, Touch ID allows you to easily unlock your MacBook Air to access documents without the need for your password to reappear. When shopping online through Apple Pay, Touch ID automatically fills in your shipping and billing information.
The new model supports the next generation Wi-Fi 6, which keeps your Mac stronger while allowing more devices to join the network. The Thunderbolt or USB 4 combines data transmission, charging and video output all into a single port. You can also enjoy external display and 6K data transfer of up to 40 GB per second.
The new MacBook Air is available in 256GB storage for 32,900 baht and 41,400 baht for the 512GB. Order yours now at apple.com/th.
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