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The new era of the Macbook

In the year 2020, a new era for Apple’s MacBooks began. After using Intel chips exclusively since 2006, Apple stated it would begin shipping Macs with its custom M1 chip. In 2022, the business expanded its lineup with four new chips: the M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra (two of which power the most recent MacBook Pro) and the M2 chip, the successor to M1.

The chips are based on the same ARM architecture as Apple’s iPhones, giving the company more say over the hardware and software. They boost the company’s laptops in two ways: performance and battery life. Users also gain access to additional features, such as iOS-compatible software compatibility. However, picking a MacBook is now trickier than ever. Apple no longer offers Intel-powered devices, although they are still available from independent sellers with limited warranty coverage. Is it a good idea to get one?

Is it a wise time to shop?

Yes. Apple debuted the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros last fall, making this a fantastic time to buy if the person is a power user searching for a powerful laptop. The newest M2 chip-equipped MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, measuring 13 inches, are now available for those who want less processing muscle. In 2020, a user can safely purchase the cheaper MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models powered by the M1 chip.

The new MacBook Air with a1932 motherboard from Apple is more expensive than its predecessor, but it’s worth it because of all the improvements Apple made to the device internally and outside. The business has finally abandoned its characteristic wedge shape in favor of a more conventional boxy chassis. In addition to the standard space grey and silver, it comes in two additional colors: midnight and starlight. A new webcam and a larger, brighter screen are also included. The 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display is larger than its predecessor’s 13.3-inch display and features reduced bezels, 500 nits of brightness, and a notch to accommodate a 1080p camera.

Although Apple didn’t include any extra ports, the MacBook Air now has MagSafe 2 charging, just like the more expensive MacBook Pro versions with a1706 logic board. With the new magnetic power cord attachment, the user may charge their laptop without using either Thunderbolt 3/USB 4 connections. If users buy the optional 67-W USB-C power adapter, their MacBook can charge quickly. For the MacBook, Apple claims a full charge may be achieved in just 30 minutes or 57%.

The new M2 chip from Apple powers the device, and it’s a significant improvement over the M1 chip it replaces. The M2 offers a choice between 8-core and 10-core graphics processing units. The model was tested on an 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, and 8 GB of unified memory. On a typical workday, if a user has 10–15 tabs open in Google Chrome and multiple instances of Slack, Spotify, Telegram, and Messages running in the background on the MacBook Air, it can handle everything without a hitch. However, if the user has 30 tabs open and all of the programs mentioned above active simultaneously, it may show its limitations.

Even if the user is on a strict budget, the M1 MacBook Air is their best bet. For users whose tasks, including video editing, don’t require a powerful chip like the M1 Pro or M1 Max but are too graphics-intensive for the M1, the M2-powered Air is an excellent alternative. For optimal performance, users should increase the shared memory to 24 GB.


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