Apple’s update to the Macbook Air makes it even more powerful and compelling

Apple’s update to the Macbook Air makes it even more powerful and compelling

A couple of years ago now, I updated my laptop from a Macbook Pro to a Surface Laptop and — while I don’t regret it — there were some things that I missed. With the update to the Macbook Air update overnight, returning to the Apple ecosystem has become a lot more compelling.

The highlight of the update is the M3 chip, adding processing power, efficiency and the potential of up to 18 hours of battery life. That’s a lot of capability for a device that starts at $1,799.00!

A Macbook Air is intended to be a mobile workhorse, otherwise, it wouldn’t be as light as it is. Despite this focus, there’s a good level of connectivity within the device offering dual Thunderbolt ports, a Magsafe charger and a headphone jack. The Thunderbolt ports allow you to use a single external display; up to 6K resolution at 60Hz, or if you use a dock (or simply close the lid of your Macbook Air) you can add a second external display running as high as 5K at 60Hz.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing noted in the release that:

MacBook Air is our most popular and loved Mac, with more customers choosing it over any other laptop.

and it’s really easy to see why, with the capabilities constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of the overwhelming majority of users; continuing, he said:

From college students pursuing their degrees, to business users who need powerful productivity, or anyone who simply wants the unmatched combination of performance, portability, and industry-leading battery life, all in a fanless design, the new MacBook Air continues to be the world’s best thin and light laptop.

In another pleasing note, Apple continued to deliver on its “green” promise having notes about the construction materials and packaging included in this mornings release:
The new MacBook Air is the first Apple product to be made with 50 per cent recycled content, including 100 per cent recycled aluminium in the enclosure, 100 per cent recycled rare earth elements in all magnets and, in another first for Apple, 100 per cent recycled copper in the main logic board. MacBook Air meets Apple’s high standards for energy efficiency, and is free of mercury, brominated flame retardants, and PVC. The packaging is 99 per cent fibre-based, bringing Apple closer to its goal to remove plastic from all packaging by 2025.

Both the 13-inch and 15-inch models are available in a variety — midnight, starlight, silver, and space grey — of colours, and can be ordered now with shipping from the 7th, and off the shelf stock available from the 8th of March and I’m pretty sure I know what my next major purchase will be…