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Apple Updates MacBook Air With M3 & Wi-Fi 6E

Apple Updates MacBook Air With M3 & Wi-Fi 6E

by Low Boon ShenMarch 5, 2024
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Apple Updates MacBook Air With M3 & Wi-Fi 6E

The latest Apple MacBook Air 13-inch and 15-inch refresh saw the company introducing its latest M3 SoC, which is claimed to be 60% faster than M1 and lasts up to 18 hours on a single charge.

Apple Updates Macbook Air With M3 & Wi-Fi 6E

The M3 SoC (system-on-a-chip) is a relatively minor spec bump over the M2 family of SoCs, with the general performance improvement in single-core and multi-core to be around 20%, give or take. You get an 8-core CPU, up to 10-core GPU, a 16-core NPU, and 24GB of unified memory. While battery life claims are unchanged from the M2 MacBook Air, 18 hours is still plenty and still reign supreme over laptops in the Windows realm.

One of the new additions to the new M3 MacBook Air is dual external monitor support, of which M2 only supports one. However, there’s a caveat: you need to close the laptop lid, otherwise it’ll deactivate one of the existing external displays. You also get Wi-Fi 6E that taps into 6GHz bands which enables faster connection with lower latencies on compatible routers.

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For colors, you have four options – Midnight, Starlight, Space Gray, and Silver. Notably, the Midnight colorway features an “anodization seal” that reduces fingerprints. They will be available from the starting price of RM5,199 for the 13-inch, and RM6,199 for the 15-inch; the M2-powered Air now gets a price cut for its 13-inch model, starting at RM4,799.

Pokdepinion: Let’s see if the fingerprint resistance does hold true for the Midnight variant. 

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