The Memory is 8GB or 16GB and the storage is 256GB / 512GB / 1TB / 2TB.
The display uses a 13.3-inch IPS LCD panel (2,560 x 1,600 dots, 227ppi, 16:10, 400 cd / square meter, P3). Supports “True Tone Technology” which adjusts the color temperature according to ambient light.
The interface is Thunderbolt 3×2, 3.5mm headphone jack and the communication function is Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0.
A 720p “FaceTime HD Camera” webcam is built into the top of the screen and also has a 3-matrix microphone.
The keyboard is equipped with a “magic keyboard” with built-in backlight. The power button on the far right of the keyboard has a built-in “Touch ID” fingerprint authentication sensor that can be unlocked by simply pressing it.
The main body size is 304.1 x 212.4 x 4.1 to 16.1mm (width x depth x height) and the weight is about 1.29kg. 100% recycled aluminum is used for the housing material and three colors are available: silver, space gray and gold.
The traditional MacBook Air used a 10th generation core processor (Ice Lake) with a 10W TDP CPU. As you can see in the Benchmark chapter, keep in mind that the chassis of the old and new MacBook Air are the same, but the engines are completely different and cannot be compared.
Differences Between Intel Mac Applications & Universal Applications
How is the performance of Intel Mac applications different from universal applications, including M1 optimization code? In the next chapter, we will compare it to other models, but here we will compare “Chrome” for Intel Mac and Universal.
Of course, not all applications can be expected to improve performance roughly twice by optimizing for M1. You can see how comfortable your Mac M1 will be as the number of universal apps increases.
What is your benchmark score?
Finally, let’s review the benchmark. This time, the benchmark scores for the following 4 models are released.
• MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
• MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)
• MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
• MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020)
The first thing you will notice is the difference in performance over the previous MacBook Air. Compared to the Core i5-1030 NG7 MacBook Air, the M1-scored MacBook Air is about 2.04 times higher on the Cinema4R20 CPU and about 2.20 times higher on the Cinema4R15 CPU. We’d like to offer a slightly better trade-in campaign for those who bought an older MacBook Air.
The next thing to notice is the performance difference over the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Compared to the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air scores only 90% on the Cinema bench R23 CPU and 94% on the Cinema bench R20 CPU. This is a difference in score that is not an error.
Therefore, when we measured the transition of power consumption during the Cinema bench R23 run, the power consumption remained stable at around 28W, but gradually decreased to 23.9W. Looking at the transition of power consumption, it appears that the amount of heat generated by the SoC increases and the clock frequency gradually decreases. In other words, it appears that the benchmark score was lower than the MacBook Pro because it failed to maintain full power in the second half.
On the other hand, in the actual application, Lightroom seems to slow down the rendering speed of the MacBook Air, but in Premiere Pro and iMovie, the rendering time was almost the same.
The MacBook Air tests the Universal version and the MacBook Pro version tests the Intel Mac version, so the Black Magic disk speed test writes much faster on the MacBook Air than on the MacBook Pro. In both cases, there was no more Difference than the amorphous disk mark bug implemented in the universal version.
When it comes to battery life, the MacBook Air’s battery is 49.9 Wh and the MacBook Pro’s is 58.2 Wh, so the latter is naturally more advantageous, but the MacBook’s battery life Air is 16 hours 3 minutes 55, which is about the same as the MacBook Pro. It is 86%. It kept playing YouTube videos continuously for a few seconds. It can be said that the battery has enough life.
Much Improved Battery Life
While the M1 chip has significantly improved the performance of the MacBook Air, the M1 chip is also more energy efficient and has significantly improved battery life.
The Intel MacBook Air’s battery ran out in about 7 hours. In short, the battery life of the MacBook Air M1 is over 3 hours. Battery capacity The MacBook Air M1’s is exactly the same as the Intel MacBook Air, 49.9 Wh, but it can be said that the difference so far is due to the M1 chip.
By the way, compared to the MacBook Pro with the M1 chip, the battery life is roughly the same. When using the MacBook Air in parallel, the battery life seems to be a bit longer and it can be said that the difference in battery life from the Intel processor has almost disappeared. For whatever reason, you no longer have to worry about which model to choose.