Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020)
Apple MacBook Air m1 - performance
  1. Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020)
  3. Apple MacBook Air m1 - performance


The MacBook Air with M1 offers power and battery life comparable to the MacBook Pro.

Quick Summary

The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is certainly one of the most intriguing Apple laptops of recent years. Its M1 processor is a genuine game-changer, and the ability to run both traditional software, M1-optimized apps and iOS apps is really astounding. Battery life is really superb, and performance is outstanding as well.

  • Processor: Apple M1 chip
  • Memory: 16GB unified memory
  • Storage: 512GB SSD1
  • Display: Retina display
  • Laptop Class: Ultraportable
  • Camera: 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • Wireless: 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking
  • Power and Battery: Built-in 58.2‑watt‑hour lithium‑polymer battery
  • Audio: Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
  • Weight: Weight: 1.4 kg (3.0 pounds)5
  • Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz
  • Dimensions (HWD): 0.63 by 11.97 by 8.36 inches
  • Especially for a Mackook, this is a good deal.
  • New M1 CPU from Apple delivers significantly better performance.
  • The aluminum design is sleek and portable.
  • Battery life is exceptional.
  • The keyboard, touchpad, and display are all top-notch.
  • Several color choices.
  • Only two USB Type-C ports are available.
  • Still no choice for a touchscreen
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The Apple MacBook Air has been a well-known and beloved ultraportable for years, but only minimal updates have been made. Even though we were blown away by the keyboard improvements in the early 2020 model, it was not a game changer for the device as a whole.

Apple’s own M1 processor has transformed the MacBook Air’s performance from a secondary consideration to its price and size. A new “Big Sur” operating system upgrade and a swap from Intel CPUs to Apple’s own semiconductor solution revived the MacBook Air while maintaining its fanless design. Aside from the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, the Mac mini also features the M1 SoC.

Although it’s difficult to select a standout, the MacBook Air upgrade is our favorite. With a battery life of over 30 hours and a premium, ultra-slim design, it’s the best buy among Mac laptops at $999 when everything is said and done (as tested). The M1-based MacBook is our recommendation for a new Apple notebook in 2020.



The M1 MacBook Air resembles the Intel-based MacBook Air in terms of appearance. For all the talk about how Apple’s laptops have a timeless appeal, the MacBook Air is, for the most part, reminiscent to what Steve Jobs snatched out of an envelope all those years ago in terms of design.

A FaceTime camera with a 720p resolution remains on the MacBook Air’s 13.3-inch display, with the MacBook Air branding prominently displayed beneath it. Its trackpad and keyboard, both of which use scissor switches, provide a smooth and responsive typing experience.

A “wedge” foundation is used once again, with the front being much thinner than the rear, but the two halves are held in place by little “feet” beneath. There are two USB-C ports on the left, both of which support USB 4.0, and a headphone jack on the right.

On either side of the keyboard sits a TouchID fingerprint sensor for unlocking the smartphone or making payments with Apple Pay. Speakers flank the keyboard as well, and they have an amazing amount of bass for their small size.


Apple MacBook Air m1 - performance

The MacBook Air’s internals have been updated. The M1 processor uses Apple’s 15 years of iPhone CPU knowledge.

It reduces space and increases performance and battery life by replacing many components at once. Intel-based devices’ CPU, GPU, and other components required a lot of energy and resources to convey data. Copying has lessened, conserving energy and extending the computer’s life.

Apple’s M1 MacBook Air includes an 8-core CPU, which is three-and-a-half times faster than the prior Intel version, enabling for image and video editing.

The M1 excels in gaming. If you like Apple Arcade, Football Manager, or League of Legends, here is the spot for you.

The MacBook Air quickly wakes up and is ready to work. Opening the lid or hitting a key puts it to sleep and wakes it up, like the iPhone and iPad. Battery dying? We were able to work and play for 15 hours while listening to Spotify, updating Google Docs, and sending emails.

In our M1 MacBook Pro review, we noted that Apple has mastered the M1. Rosetta 2 is used to translate apps that aren’t M1-optimized on the MacBook Air. It recompiles your software for M1 without affecting performance. Upgraded apps that use the M1 should perform better.

M1 Mac now supports iOS and iPadOS applications. You may check your bank account or order food from a faster, easier-to-use system without visiting several websites. We’re keen to find new applications for the feature.

As with the 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro, the camera disappoints. When so many people use video calling, it’s disappointing that just 720p is provided.



If you’ve ever used an older Mac, you’ve heard the sound of a fan churning as it tried to execute increasingly demanding tasks. Fans are not included in the M1 MacBook Air. Apple’s internal heat dissipation is quiet thanks to an aluminum heat spreader. However, it’s not obvious what this will mean in the long run. It’s no longer necessary to crank up the volume to edit video in Final Cut Pro.

There is no comparison when it comes to photographers. Because they are native apps, Photoshop and Affinity Photo can work much faster when working with several layers or making significant alterations to a project. If you edit on-site, it will revolutionize your workflow, but you’ll need a dongle to transfer your images.

In compared to the current 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, we find the M1’s Retina display to be rather flat. The XDR display on these computers makes us feel like we’ve been pampered when we return from our travels.



Using to sync my personal data and composing this review, I noticed that the Apple MacBook Air was getting warm on my lap. Fortunately, the damage isn’t severe. This is wonderful news because the new Apple Mackbook Air does not have a fan.

After 15 minutes of streaming full HD video, we measured low temperatures on the MacBook Air’s touchpad (78 degrees Fahrenheit), keyboard (80.5 degrees Fahrenheit), and underbelly (83 degrees Fahrenheit).



On the 10 fastfingers typing test, I was able to type 74 words per minute using the Magic Keyboard on my MacBook Air, which is just around my normal typing speed of 80 words per minute. With its too-shallow Butterfly-switch keys, the early 2020 MacBook Air’s keyboard was a much-needed improvement, as many complained about the keys’ tendency to stick if they became infested with dust or other tiny debris.

Precision input and fluid scrolling can be had with the Apple MacBook Air’s Touch trackpad, which is made of 4.8 x 3.2-inch glass. Apple continues to use haptic feedback instead of clicks, a strategy that appears to be working (though I preferred it the old way).


Multiple Intel-made programs were used to test and benchmark the MacBook Air. Apple M1 and future chips won’t run these apps natively. Rosetta 2 – Apple’s tool for translating software — is available and conducts that work upon installation, so those apps can operate properly. Developers should produce Universal versions of these programs quickly so M1 Macs can perform well.

M1 Apple chips let you run iPhone and iPad apps on your Mac. If you read “Not validated for macOS,” the developer hasn’t guaranteed that their program operates well on the Mac. Developers can opt-out of the Mac App Store, so don’t anticipate everything. Overcast is a favorite, and the HBO Max app for Mac lets you save movies to watch offline. Without a touch screen, Playing Among Us required some practice. Check out the finest MacBook Air applications.

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Finally, macOS Big Sur is at the core of the new MacBook Air, and I’ve appreciated it as a beta. Its colorful interface employs transparency and translucency, which may require some tweaks. Safari now has a customisable home screen and new tab previews to compete with Chrome.


This Apple MacBook Air M1 review shows how its durability and quickness push it to new heights. The new MacBook Air would be 5-star if it had more ports and less bezels.

The Dell XPS 13 features lower bezels, but its performance and battery life lag below the MacBook Air. You might save $650 with a $999 Asus ZenBook 13, receive a few ports, but lose performance and an hour of battery life. For Apple users, the new Appe MacBook Air is the easiest purchase in years.

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Daniel Wisdom
Daniel Wisdom

Writer Daniel Wisdom specializes in technology reporting and evaluation. He works as an independent contractor. He's based in Bleomfontein and has written on smartphones and other electronic devices.

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