Apple Macbook Air Lifestyle Gaming Screen
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There's a new MacBook Air on the block! Well, actually two, since there's a 13-inch and 15-inch model. Apple is sliding their M3 chip into the MacBook Air lineup, bringing some modest upgrades to an already stellar laptop.

The big selling features of the MacBook Air line is portability and battery life. Back in the early days of MacBook Air, this came at the expense of productivity (they were fine for basic tasks like emails, notes, browsing, etc. but bogged down on more processor-heavy activities) but ever since the first M1 chip made its way to the MacBook Air, this has become a moot point. The M-series chips are great multitaskers and bring a level of processing power that, for many use case scenarios, including video production, gaming, and graphic design, will be more than sufficient.

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As you'd expect, the M3 chip will bring speed improvements to the MacBook Air (according to Apple 60 percent faster than the M1 MacBook Air) and it will allow you to do something the M2 MacBook Air's do not, plug in two external displays. You'll future proof your machine further with Wi-Fi6E connectivity (M2 model is Wi-Fi 6), but beyond that, battery life (18 hours), screen size (13-inch and 15-inch), available ports (two thunderbolt/USB 4), configurations for storage (256, 512, 1TB, 2TB) and memory (8 GB, 16 GB, and 24 GB) are the same as the previous generation.

Apple Macbook Air Liquid Retina Display Screen
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If you're pre M-series MacBook Air, this could justify an upgrade. That is if you didn't happy to already upgrade to the M2 MacBook Airs that were released following World Wide Developer's conference in June. I used the M2 MacBook Air quite a bit, particularly for travel, because it was so light to have in a carry-on or backpack and in my workflow (which includes a lot of multi-track video and audio editing) I never once felt limited by not having my MacBook Pro with me (in fact I never felt the MacBook Pro was heavy except for the times that I swapped in my MacBook Air).

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MacBook Air M3

The MacBook Air is Apple's most popular laptop. With the addition of the M3 chip, support for two external displays and the option for a fingerprint resistant finish with the Midnight version, this model could be a great upgrade for someone on an M1 or earlier model.

Like the previous MacBook Air there are four color options available. Unlike the previous generation, the midnight model will have Apple's anodization seal which reduces smudges from fingerprints. We first saw on the most recent MacBook Pro's Space Black and this is a great upgrade for MacBook Air because, while the previous model's Midnight finish had this beautiful blue sheen to it, that was easily eclipsed by how instantly gunky it got during normal use.

The new MacBook Air is available now for pre-order and will be in stores March 8th, 2024.

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