MacBook Air with M1 chip
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Power. It’s in the Air.
MacBook Air with M1 is an incredibly portable laptop — it’s nimble and quick, with a silent, fanless design and a beautiful Retina display. Thanks to its slim profile and all‑day battery life, this Air moves at the speed of lightness.
Supercharged by the Apple M1 chip
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8-core CPU Devours tasks. Sips battery.
The CPU on M1 isn’t just astonishingly fast — it balances high-performance cores with efficiency cores that crush everyday jobs while using far less energy. With that kind of processing power, MacBook Air can take on intensive tasks like professional-level video editing and action-packed gaming.
Plays hard. Works wonders.
The GPU in M1 delivers lightning‑fast integrated graphics. So you can create, edit and seamlessly play back multiple streams of full‑quality 4K video without dropping a frame.
Up to 18 hours of battery life. Go long — free of charge.1
With the incredible efficiency of the M1 chip, MacBook Air delivers amazing performance without a fan. An aluminium heat spreader dissipates the heat the system generates, so no matter how intense the task, MacBook Air runs completely silently.
A 16-core Neural Engine capable of 11 trillion operations per second. Process that. Apps on MacBook Air can use machine learning (ML) to automatically retouch photos like a pro, make smart tools such as magic wands and audio filters more accurate at auto‑detection, and so much more. That’s not just brainpower — that’s the power of a full stack of ML technologies.
The power of macOS on M1.
macOS unlocks the potential of the M1 chip and transforms Mac with all-new ways to work and play. Connect, share and create like never before using FaceTime and Messages. Explore the web on the streamlined Safari, the fastest browser in the world.2 And work across Mac and your other Apple devices with Universal Control. macOS also includes industry-leading privacy features and best‑in‑class security.
More power. Wakes instantly.
The do‑it‑all notebook gets do‑the‑unbelievable memory. The M1 chip brings up to 16GB of superfast unified memory. This single pool of high‑bandwidth, low‑latency memory allows apps to share data between the CPU, GPU and Neural Engine efficiently — so everything you do is fast and fluid.
Up to2TBSSD storage3
Bring your photos, movies, music and documents with you — and open them in a flash.
The M1 chip and macOS give MacBook Air advanced security and privacy features beyond anything in its class, helping to protect your system and data.
Secure Enclave coprocessor Provides a silicon-level foundation for critical security features like Touch ID and Apple Pay — and with M1, it’s super fast.
Dedicated AES storage encryption engine Keeps encryption keys safe while delivering incredible performance for encrypted storage and data protection.
Secure boot and runtime security features
Ensures that only trusted Apple software loads at startup and helps protect macOS while running.
Activation Lock Helps keep your Mac secure if it’s ever lost, stolen or misplaced, and can improve your chances of recovering it.
A wider palette of colours on display.
25%more colours than sRGB
Good looking. And easy on the eyes. MacBook Air automatically adjusts the colour temperature of your display to your environment for a more natural viewing experience.
Get clear, sharp images. See amazing detail in shadows and highlights. And face detection uses the Neural Engine to improve tone mapping and colour accuracy for natural‑looking skin tones.
Say “Hello” to mics that focus on your voice instead of what’s going on around you.
Precise control with plenty of room to swipe, pinch or zoom.
One touch is all it takes to unlock MacBook Air. Use your fingerprint to rent a movie, buy an app or access things like secure documents or system settings without having to re-enter your password.
up to 1.2Gbps throughput4
up to 40Gbps4
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MacBook Air 13″
33.74 cm (13.3-inch) Retina display5
Apple M1 chip
8GB or 16GB
18 hours battery life1
New 15” model MacBook Air 13″ and 15″
34. 46 cm (13.6-inch) or
38.91 cm (15.3-inch)
Liquid Retina display5
Apple M2 chip
8GB to 24GB
18 hours battery life6
MacBook Pro 13″
33.74 cm (13.3-inch) Retina display5
Apple M2 chip
8GB to 24GB
20 hours battery life7
Touch Bar and Touch ID
MacBook Pro 14″ and 16″
M2 Pro or M2 Max chip
35.97 cm (14.2-inch) or
41.05 cm (16.2-inch)
Liquid Retina XDR display5
Apple M2 Pro or
Apple M2 Max chip
16GB to 96GB
22 hours battery life8
MacBook Air with M1 chip – Mac Does That
Mac does that.
If you love iPhone,
You’ll feel right at home on Mac, with many of the same features and apps as iPhone — like Messages, Photos, and FaceTime.
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Coming from Windows?
Mac makes switching over from Windows simple. The Migration Assistant app helps you move important files, contacts, calendars, email accounts, and more from your PC — so you can get right back to doing what you love. And when you sign in to iCloud on your new Mac, files, photos, and even messages from your iPhone and iPad are at your fingertips.
Coming from Mac?
Migration Assistant makes upgrading to a new Mac a breeze. It moves over your user accounts, files, settings, and apps wirelessly — so you can pick up where you left off without missing a beat. And signing in to iCloud during setup gives you immediate access to files, photos, and messages on your other Apple devices.
run on Mac.
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Mac runs your favorite apps.
From Microsoft 365 to Adobe Creative Cloud and Zoom, the Mac App Store has thousands of apps that let you work, learn, play, create, and collaborate. Web apps like Google Docs work great on Safari, too. Every Mac also comes with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — productivity software made for macOS.
All your things.
All in iCloud.
ALL IN SYNC.
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With iCloud, you can access your photos, files, notes, email, and so much more across all your Apple devices. Changes you make on your Mac will sync to your iPhone and iPad so you’re always up to date.
Battery icon indicating Mac has up to 22 hours of battery life.
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Sprint through anything with
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Oh, it’s fast.
Apple silicon brings game-changing power and speed to everything you do — integrating the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, and more onto a single tiny chip. So whether you’re taking on everyday tasks or your next big project, you can do it all on Mac faster than ever. And thanks to the efficiency of Apple silicon, Mac laptops deliver all-day battery life without any drop in performance when you’re unplugged. 2
Faster web application responsiveness3
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PC laptop with Intel Core i7
Longer battery life when video conferencing4
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PC laptop with Intel Core i7
Every Mac comes with industry‑leading encryption, robust virus protections, and a powerful firewall system. And free security updates help keep your Mac protected.
The magic touch.
Use Apple Pay for purchases, unlock your computer, sign in to websites, and download apps with Touch ID.
Built to last.
Every Mac has a superdurable enclosure made of beautiful recycled aluminum.
UP TO DATE.
Free software updates from Apple deliver exciting new features and help keep Mac running smoothly and securely.
From transferring files with AirDrop to locating devices with Find My — when you use Mac together with iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, everything gets better.
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AirDrop lets you take a file from any folder and wirelessly send it to a nearby Mac, iPhone, or iPad. It’s perfect for sharing a photo or document with a friend nearby.
When your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch are near each other, Handoff lets you start something on one device and then pick up right where you left off on another.5
Thanks to iMessage, conversations on one Apple device can sync across all your devices. So you can message someone on your iPhone or iPad and keep the conversation going on your Mac. And it works with SMS messages — the ones in green bubbles.6
With Continuity Camera, you can use your iPhone as a webcam on your Mac, unlocking features like Studio Light and Desk View for your next video call or livestream. You can also use iPhone to scan documents and insert photos into your work on Mac.
Copy images, video, or text from an app on your iPhone or iPad. Then paste into another app on your nearby Mac — or vice versa. There are no extra steps. Just copy and paste as you normally do.
The Find My app on Mac makes it easy to keep track of other Apple devices — even if they’re offline. And if you can’t find your Mac, you can use Find My on your other Apple devices to track it down.
Apple Support has your back, 24/7.
Apple Support is always just an online chat, phone call, or in‑store appointment away.
Each Mac comes with built-in accessibility features engineered for everyone to make something wonderful.
Learn more about Accessibility
Mac is designed with the earth in mind, utilizing recycled materials and responsible packaging. And we’ll recycle your old PC at no cost.
Learn more about Environment
You want to do what’s best for your family. So do we. Mac helps give you control over how your kids use their devices.
Learn more about Parental Controls
With Family Sharing, you can share apps, movies, music, and more with the people you love, so you don’t all have to buy the same stuff over and over.
Learn more about Family Sharing
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Individually, Macs, iPads, iPhones, and Apple Watches can do incredible things. And together they can do even more. Make and answer calls without even touching your iPhone. Use iPad as an extended workspace for your Mac. Automatically unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch. All these devices are simply designed to interact with each other. Literally.
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Universal controlA perfect union.
Use the same keyboard and mouse or trackpad to control both your Mac and iPad. Move the cursor from one screen to another. And create something extraordinary with the powerful features of different devices. Grab your Apple Pencil, draw an illustration on your iPad, and drag and drop it directly into your presentation on your Mac with your mouse
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in all its glory.
Bring the content you want — like a video or a Keynote presentation — from one of your Apple devices directly to your Mac’s big, impressive display. You can use screen mirroring or turn the second device into additional screen space for the first. AirPlay also lets you use your Mac as an audio system that streams high-definition surround sound from another device.
Full iPad wider.
Sidecar expands your workspace by using your iPad as a second Mac display. Open additional content in one app while working in another. Or display your drawing on a Mac and place the tools and palettes on an iPad display. You can also display the same image on both screens to show others what you see yourself.
Get more creative with Apple Pencil. Sidecar lets you use the convenient and accurate Apple Pencil in your favorite Mac apps. Use your Apple Pencil to work in Illustrator, edit photos in Affinity Photo, or create 3D models in ZBrush. Just drag and drop content onto your iPad to get started. You will find the important Command, Control and Shift keys on the convenient sidebar.
Continuity feature for notes and sketches
Draw with Apple Pencil.
Or with your finger.
Note Continuity lets you correct and sign documents, and highlight important details in images. When you draw with Apple Pencil on iPad or finger on iPhone, all changes are displayed on your Mac in real time. Sketch Continuity lets you draw sketches on your iPad or iPhone that are automatically inserted into any document on your Mac.
More ways for
to get your point across.
If you have a Mac and an iPhone, then right on your Mac you can receive and send SMS messages – the same ones in green clouds. Whatever they write to you on iPhone appears on Mac, and your conversations are updated on all devices. When your friends text you from any phone model, you can reply from your Mac or iPhone, whichever is closer. 1 You can also write an SMS or iMessage on Mac by tapping a phone number in Safari, Contacts, Calendar, or Spotlight search results.
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Receive iPhone calls directly from your Mac, Apple Watch or iPad. You can answer or call someone even when your iPhone is in your backpack or charging in another room. Just click or tap the accept call button. 2
Answer calls. When a call comes in on your iPhone, the ring will also ring on your Mac, Apple Watch, or iPad. You will receive a notification with the name, number and photo of the contact. In addition, you will hear the ringtone that you have selected for this caller on the iPhone. Click the notification to answer the call and the device will turn on the speakerphone. You will be able to talk without looking up from other things.
Call yourself. Of course, calling from a Mac is also very easy. Just tap the phone number in Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Spotlight or Safari. Or you can select a phone number from your FaceTime call history or type it on the keyboard.
Continuity feature for Camera
Scans and photos directly to your Mac.
If you take a photo or scan on your iPhone, the image will appear on the screen of your nearby Mac. To do this, select the “Insert Photo” command from the “File” menu, then specify the action: “Take Photo” or “Scan Documents”. You can take a photo of any item on your desk and instantly insert the photo into your Pages document. Or scan a receipt and the aligned image will immediately appear in the Finder as a PDF file. Camera Continuity is supported in Finder, Mail, Messages, Notes, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. This is another example of how iPhone and Mac work together.
Auto UnlockOpen without touching.
Sign in to your Mac automatically when you use your Apple Watch. You no longer need to enter a password. Answer the call or go away on business. And without a hitch, get back to work.
Start here. Continue there.
Let’s say you started an email on an iPhone and want to finish it on a Mac. Or you started a report on your iMac and plan to continue on your iPad on your way to a meeting. With Handoff it is possible. When you’re nearby, Mac, iOS, and iPadOS devices can automatically share what you’re working on with each other. 3 The icon of the app you recently opened will appear on your other device—in the Dock on a Mac or iPad, or in the app switcher on an iPhone. Just click the icon to pick up where you left off without wasting time looking for a file. Handoff works with Mail, Safari, Notes, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar and Contacts. And developers can embed Handoff into their own applications.
Copy on one device. Paste on another.
Copy images, videos, or text in an iPhone or iPad app. And then paste into another application on a nearby Mac – and vice versa. Without additional actions, as if you are working on one device. Found an interesting recipe on Mac? Copy the ingredients to your shopping list stored on your iPhone or iPad. Through the clipboard, you can even transfer entire files from one Mac to another.
Sharing files just got easier.
AirDrop makes it easy for Mac computers and iOS or iPadOS devices to share files. Select a file from any folder on your Mac and send it to another Mac, iPhone, or iPad with just a few keystrokes. You don’t even need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network to transfer files with AirDrop. This is very convenient if, for example, you need to send a document to a colleague in the next room or send a presentation to a client sitting opposite. With AirDrop, you can send files directly from the Share menu in apps or from the Finder. The recipient will receive a notification. Just click or tap on it and the file is downloaded.
An incredibly easy and secure way to pay online.
Paying for online purchases with Apple Pay in Safari is easy. Look for the Apple Pay icon on websites and pay using Face ID or Touch ID on your iPhone or iPad. Either Touch ID on a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, or double-tapping the side button on an Apple Watch. When using Apple Pay, your card details are not shared with anyone, and all transactions are protected by advanced security.
No WiFi? No problem. With Instant Hotspot, your Mac can remotely enable hotspot mode on iPhone if the devices are nearby. 4 Simply select your iPhone from the available Wi-Fi networks on your Mac and connect to the internet. You don’t even have to take your iPhone out of your pocket or bag. When you’re in tethering mode, the top of the Wi-Fi menu on your Mac displays the signal strength and battery life of your iPhone. And when you’re done browsing the internet, tethering mode will automatically turn off to conserve battery life. The next time you want to connect and Wi-Fi is not available, your Mac will prompt you to use hotspot mode. Just click “OK” – and you are on the Web.
Macbooks on the M1 processor, which everyone really likes, damage and destroy SSDs at lightning speed
PC owners on the Apple M1 chip began to complain about the ultra-fast resource consumption of the solid state drive, which, moreover, cannot be replaced on its own. In some cases, the drive was worn out by 4% in just 21 days of normal PC use. At the same time, in a three-year iMac on Intel Core, wear was 14% over more than 4100 hours of operation. Apple does not respond to user complaints.
SSD as consumable
Mac computers and laptops with the new Apple M1 processor have a serious flaw. Devices based on this chip systematically destroy a regular SSD drive without the user’s knowledge, overloading it and wasting its resource.
According to the MacRumors portal, numerous Mac users on the M1 in various configurations have encountered a similar problem. Thus, a member of the MacRumors forum under the pseudonym featherlessbird , who owns a MacBook Air laptop with 8 GB of RAM, noticed that his laptop’s SSD resource is rapidly dwindling.
Any SSD has a TBW (Total Bytes Written) indicator, which displays the maximum amount of data that can be written to this drive. The featherlessbird lost 4% of its drive life in just 21 days of using the laptop.
Alleged hero of the occasion
featherlessbird published his post on February 16, 2021, but he was far from the first. Twitter user Longhorn (@never_released) reported a similar issue three days earlier. In 191 hours of use (about eight days), the SSD life on his M1 Mac was down 1%, even though he bought his computer about two months ago. Twiter member David (@david_rysk) reported that his MacBook Pro M1 bought two months ago showed 3% SSD wear. His computer worked for a total of 432 hours at the time of measurements (18 days).
Comparison with old Apple computers
Twitter user Dan Moren (@dmoren), the owner of a MacBook Air on M1, found himself in a similar situation. He also has a 2017 Intel-based desktop iMac in his use, and he ran comparison tests on those PCs.
Minus 3% of SSD resource in just a couple of months
Measurements showed that SSD wear in a three-year-old iMac is 14%. At the same time, the monoblock worked for 4141 hours or almost 173 days.
Old iMac with Intel Core proved to be more reliable than new PCs on M1
MacBook Air on the new Apple processor stayed in operation several times less time – only 288 hours or 12 days. At the same time, its SSD resource has already decreased by 1%. Posted by Dan Moren on February 23, 2021
The extent of the problem is not known
At the time of publication, Apple did not respond to user complaints or explain what could be the reason for the increased load on solid state drives in its new computers and laptops. The problem may be software in nature, which is easy to fix with an OS update, or hardware. In this case, the elimination of the disease will require large material costs, and will also lead to the need for users to carry their MacBook and Mac mini to an authorized Apple service center, which is not available in every city.
The systematic destruction of SSDs by new Apple PCs is fraught with considerable costs for users in the foreseeable future
The estimated number of users experiencing SSD resource overuse is not yet known. As a result, the problem can turn out to be both very local and truly global. In addition, if Apple does not solve it, then in the near future, many users will be forced to either contact a service center to replace the SSD, which is soldered on the motherboard in the new MacBooks, or invest in a new mobile or desktop PC.
How Apple switched to its own
M1 is the first desktop and notebook processor that Apple developed in-house, without the involvement of third parties. She introduced it in November 2020 simultaneously with three PCs based on it – the MacBook Air and Pro 13 laptops and the Mac mini nettop.
M1 belongs to the segment of ARM processors and is produced at the factories of the Taiwanese company TSMC according to 7nm standards. This is not even just a processor, but a single system on a chip, which, in addition to the main cores and the video subsystem, also includes memory modules.
It is impossible to distinguish the first computers on M1 from their predecessors on Intel Core – outwardly they are identical
M1 has 16 billion transistors, eight CPU cores, the same number of video card cores, and 16 cores for computing related to neural networks. Moreover, the main eight cores are divided equally into two clusters – four energy-efficient and four high-performance.
Apple M1 comes with integrated RAM modules.
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At the same time, the Apple T2 security chip and the Thunderbolt/USB4 I/O controller are integrated into the M1. According to Apple, its brainchild is capable of performing 11 trillion operations per second.
Before the transition to M1, Apple computers since 2006 have been running on Intel processors. The company announced the rejection of them in the summer of 2020, and for it this was the second change in architecture. Before Intel, Apple used Power PC processors in its PCs – from 1994 to 2006, that is, for 12 years. Intel chips lasted longer – 14 years.
In the foreseeable future, Apple may expand its line of desktop processors. Back in December 2020, CNews wrote that it was aiming to release a whole family of new CPUs of its own design, to which it was going to add 8-, 12-, 20- and even 32-core models.