The 2020 edition of the MacBook Air makes its appearance in the Apple catalog. Good surprise, it is cheaper than its predecessor and brings the Magic Keyboard, a keyboard already used on the 16-inch MacBook Pro .
Physically, the 2020 edition of MacBook Air does not really change from that of 2019. The chassis of Apple’s ultraportable is similar to the previous one with a 13 inch Retina definition screen of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels (resolution of 227 dpi). The dimensions thus remain 30.4 x 21.2 x 1.6 cm for 1.29 kg. Available in three colors (gold, space gray and silver), this chassis is still content with a basic connection with two USB-C sockets (Thunderbolt 3) and a mini-jack port. The USB connectors can be used for charging the device, connecting peripherals or even as video or even network outputs (with adapter not supplied). The Touch ID (fingerprint sensor) area is always present, as is the T2 chip which is used to encrypt computer content.
Some new things are to be celebrated, however, starting with the integration of the new Apple keyboard, the Magic Keyboard. This was launched a few months ago on the 16-inch MacBook Pro and had rather convinced us during its visit to our laboratory. The manufacturer assures it, it is more reliable than the butterfly keyboard used on its latest machines.
Other elements have been strengthened, such as the microphones – now three in number – enough to encourage use in videoconferencing. We then regret that Apple is content once again to use a “HD” webcam, that is to say offering a definition in 720p. No evolution either on the side of Wi-Fi, which remains type 5 (11ac), Wi-Fi 6 (11ax) still not included in the program.
Under the hood, the components evolve logically with more advanced versions of 10th generation Intel Core processors with the Iris Plus graphics circuit. Apple leaves the choice between a Core i3 (2 cores, 1.1 GHz – max. 3.2 GHz), a Core i5 (4 cores, 1.1 GHz – max. 3.5 GHz) or a Core i7 (4 cores, 1.2 GHz – max 3.8 GHz). The RAM is 8 GB by default and can be increased to 16 GB for an additional € 250, however. Storage is on the rise with a minimum of 256 GB and a maximum of 2 TB optional.
The real good surprise comes from pricing, down from € 100. The starting price is thus € 1,199 for the basic version (Core i3 / 8 GB / 256 GB) and € 1,499 for the second, more muscular version (Core i5 / 8 GB / 512 GB). The two models, already available for purchase on the Apple website, remain customizable in terms of processor, memory and storage space.