MacBook Air 2020 (M1)
The MacBook Air is one of those iconic devices that helped advance the laptop market. When in 2008 Steve Jobs took to the stage and extracted his latest innovation from a kraft paper envelope, the entire IT industry was taken aback. It will take several years for the competition to get to work, especially with the name “Ultrabook,” backed by Intel, which sets strict specifications.
Fourteen years later, it’s not unreasonable to say that most laptops in use today capture some of the DNA of the first MacBook Air. But if Apple is known for its breakthrough innovations, we know that it can also make small marginal tweaks.
For a potential buyer, this discrepancy means asking a certain question: should we move to the current model or wait for the next generation, which could shake up the market? Here are a few things to help you make that decision.
MacBook Air M1: Is it still in the game easy to carry?
The design of the MacBook Air has not changed for a long time, and it has finally evolved in 2020. So don’t expect a massive redesign for quite some time…especially since there’s nothing to complain about in terms of its performance. It’s a coherent machine, which was simply worthy of having a more discreet border around the screen. In this regard, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo explains that the MacBook Air 2022 will likely have a slightly larger panel (13.6 inches versus 13.3 inches), which means Apple can nibble a few millimeters here and there while still keeping the same chassis.
On the display side, the MacBook Air 2020 is a classic LED-backlit, while we find, for example, the Mini-LED on the new MacBook Pro. This technology provides better contrast and much higher brightness, which is a real strong point that we would love to see reach this new generation. However, recent rumors from the blogosphere seem to suggest that won’t be the case.
Some specialists also invoke the arrival of the M2 chip on the next MacBook Air. The performance will be better than that of the M1, but we should not expect a leap forward, especially in terms of the graphics part.
The proliferation of remote work and video conferencing in the wake of the pandemic makes better cameras on laptops essential. Apple has made progress in integrating a Full HD webcam on the new iMacs and MacBook Pro, so it seems logical that the MacBook Air would also get an improved camera.
MacBook Air (2022): evolution or revolution?
Based on current disclosures, the new MacBook Air should be a small evolution, and it won’t usher in a new generation of hardware. So what do you expect? We can already count on:
- 13.6-inch screen with thinner bezels;
- M2 processor is (slightly) more powerful;
- simple LED display;
- Better webcam.