Apple suddenly releases new MacBook Air, the biggest highlight is not the M3 chip

There was no notice, no press conference, Apple just suddenly updated the Macbook Air.

The biggest change in MacBook Air is the "core change", which officially enters the M3 era.

The upgraded Air is equipped with an 8-core central processor and up to 10-core graphics processor, and supports up to 24GB of unified memory.

At the same time, the M3 chip is built using a 3 nm process, giving MacBook Air faster performance and richer features than the previous generation.

The new MacBook Air has a battery life of up to 18 hours with the support of M3. The new generation graphics processor allows MacBook Air to support hardware-accelerated mesh shading and ray tracing technology, which can achieve more accurate lighting, reflection and shadow effects. Creating a more realistic gaming experience is definitely a huge attraction for users in fields such as gaming and professional graphic design.

And MacBook Air supports dynamic caching function, which means that MacBook Air can dynamically adjust cache resources according to the currently running tasks to improve GPU efficiency.

Although slightly inferior to the MacBook Pro in terms of productivity, the new MacBook Air is more than enough to meet daily office needs, and can even handle some professional-level tasks.

  • The M3 chip also allows the new MacBook Air to achieve maximum performance release. Compared with the Air model equipped with M1:
  • The running speed of large-scale games is improved by up to 60%;
  • When using the Super Resolution function for AI image optimization, the speed is increased by up to 40%;
  • When processing Excel spreadsheets, the speed is increased by up to 35%;
  • When working with Final Cut Pro, the speed is increased by up to 60%;
  • Compared with PC laptops equipped with Intel Core i7 processors, Internet browsing speed is increased by up to 50%, and battery life is increased by up to 40%.

It is worth mentioning that Mac Book Air rarely talks about AI.

Powered by the M3 chip, macOS provides intelligent features that improve work efficiency and creativity, and users can achieve real-time speech-to-text, translation, text prediction, visual understanding, accessibility, and more.

In addition to device performance, MacBook Air supports cloud-based solutions that enable users to run powerful productivity and creative applications that harness the power of AI, such as Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365, Canva, and Adobe Firefly.

Apple officials stated that MacBook Air can also run optimized AI models, including large language models (LLMs) and diffusion models, for locally generating images with excellent performance.

Apple even described this M3 version of Macbook Air as "the world's best AI consumer laptop" in a press release.

The MacBook Air equipped with the M3 chip has also received an "epic" upgrade – supporting up to two external monitors. But the premise is that the notebook is closed and used…

In this regard, a colleague from the editorial department made a sharp comment: Why should your next Mac mini be a Mac mini?

In addition, the new MacBook Air supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 technologies, which can bring faster wireless network speeds and a more stable connection experience, further improving the overall use experience.

The new 13-inch MacBook Air is priced as follows:
  • 8-core CPU/8-core GPU/8GB+256GB, 8999 yuan
  • 8-core CPU/10-core GPU/8GB+512GB, 10,499 yuan
  • 8-core CPU/10-core GPU/16GB+512GB, 11,999 yuan

The highest optional M3 chip (8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 16-core NPU), 24GB unified memory, 2TB SSD, priced at 17,999 yuan.

The new 15-inch MacBook Air is priced as follows:

8-core CPU/10-core GPU/8GB+256GB, 10,499 yuan
8-core CPU/10-core GPU/8GB+512GB, 11,999 yuan
8-core CPU/10-core GPU/16GB+512GB, 13,499 yuan

The highest optional M3 chip (8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 16-core NPU), 24 GB unified memory, 2TB SSD, priced at 19,499 yuan.

MacBook Air (M3 model) will be available for order at 9 a.m. on March 6. On sale March 8th.

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