Apple 13.3" MacBook Air M1 Chip with Retina Display (Late 2020, Space Gray)

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Apple 13.3" MacBook Air M1 Chip with Retina Display (Late 2020, Space Gray)
Key Features
  • Apple M1 8-Core CPU
  • 16GB Unified RAM | 1TB SSD
  • 13.3" 2560 x 1600 Retina IPS Display
  • 8-Core GPU | 16-Core Neural Engine
The Apple 13" MacBook Air features Apple's first chip designed specifically for Mac. The Apple M1 integrates the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and more into a single system on a chip (SoC). Tackle your projects with the fast 8-Core CPU and take on graphics-intensive apps and games with the 8-core GPU. Accelerate machine learning tasks with the 16-core Neural Engine. Complete with a silent, fanless design and up to 18 hours of battery life, the MacBook Air is still portable, but now a lot more powerful. It also has 16GB of unified RAM and a 1TB SSD.
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Apple MacBook Air 13.3" Late 2020 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Apple M1 Chip
  • 313.3" Retina IPS Display
  • 4True Tone Technology
  • 5Touch ID
  • 6Magic Keyboard
  • 7Thunderbolt 3 with USB4 Support
  • 8Software Features

The Apple 13" MacBook Air features Apple's first chip designed specifically for Mac. The Apple M1 integrates the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and more into a single system on a chip (SoC). Tackle your projects with the fast 8-Core CPU and take on graphics-intensive apps and games with the 8-core GPU. Accelerate machine learning tasks with the 16-core Neural Engine. Complete with a silent, fanless design and up to 18 hours of battery life, the MacBook Air is still portable, but now a lot more powerful. It also has 16GB of unified RAM and a 1TB SSD.

With over 4 million pixels, the 13.3" Retina Display features a 2560 x 1600 screen resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio for 227 pixels per inch (ppi). The display also features up to 48 percent more color than the previous generation. With True Tone technology, the white balance automatically adjusts to match the color temperature of the light around you for a more natural viewing experience.

Connect to the internet via Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and use compatible wireless peripherals and accessories with Bluetooth 5.0. The two Thunderbolt 3 ports provide USB4 support and can even connect to the Apple Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution. Apple also included studio-quality mics for clear recordings and calls. There is also Apple's latest camera ISP in the M1 chip, which enables sharper images and more details in shadows and highlights in video calls. Keep your MacBook Air secure with Secure Enclave in M1 as well as Touch ID. The backlit Magic Keyboard provides a comfortable typing experience, and the Force Touch trackpad allows for precise cursor control, pressure-sensing capabilities, and Multi-Touch gestures.

Please note that this MacBook Air can only output to a single external display with up to 6K resolution at 60 Hz.

This Mac comes preloaded with macOS. Updates can be downloaded for free via the Mac App Store. Please check Apple's website for upgrade eligibility.

Apple M1 Chip
Packed with 16 billion transistors, the Apple M1 integrates the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and more into a single system on a chip (SoC). Built with 5nm process technology, the Apple M1 delivers the performance you need without sacrificing power efficiency. The Apple M1 features four high-performance cores, each designed to run a single task, which allows for multithreaded workloads. There are also four efficiency cores to handle lighter workloads, using only a tenth of the power while still delivering fast performance. This means the Apple M1 performs up to 3.5 times faster than the previous generation while still delivering battery life up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback.
13.3" Retina IPS Display
With four times as many pixels as an HD display, the 13.3" Retina IPS Display provides up to 48 percent more color than the previous generation. The Retina Display has a 2560 x 1600 screen resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio for 227 pixels per inch (ppi). The display glass goes right to the edge of the screen, making the bezels 50 percent thinner than before. Moreover, True Tone technology automatically adjusts the white balance to match the color temperature of the surrounding light.
True Tone Technology
With True Tone technology, the display delivers a more natural viewing experience for design and editing workflows, as well as everyday tasks like browsing the web and writing email.
Touch ID
The advanced security and convenience of Touch ID is built into the MacBook Air. Simply place your finger on the integrated Touch ID sensor and your MacBook Air unlocks. Use your fingerprint to immediately access locked documents, notes, and system settings. You can also use Apple Pay securely during checkout while online shopping. No need to enter shipping or billing info, and your card details are never shared.
Magic Keyboard
The Magic Keyboard on this MacBook Air features a scissor mechanism that delivers 1mm of key travel. There's also a physical Esc key and an inverted "T" arrangement for the arrow keys. Combined with the Touch ID, the Magic Keyboard provides a comfortable, accurate typing experience.
Thunderbolt 3 with USB4 Support
Thunderbolt 3 is a hardware interface that utilizes the reversible USB Type-C connector. Doubling the speed of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 features a maximum throughput of 40 Gb/s when used with compatible devices. The connector also supports USB4, allowing you to connect to more peripherals, including the Apple Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution.
Software Features
When compared to the previous generation, the M1-powered MacBook Air can:
  • Export a project for the web with iMovie up to 3x faster
  • Integrate 3D effects into video in Final Cut Pro up to 5x faster
  • For the first time, play back and edit multiple streams of full-quality, 4K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro without dropping a frame
  • Export photos from Lightroom up to twice as fast
  • Use ML-based features like Smart Conform in Final Cut Pro to intelligently frame a clip up to 4.3x faster
  • Watch more movies and TV shows with up to 18 hours of battery life, the longest ever on MacBook Air
  • Extend FaceTime and other video calls for up to twice as long on a single charge
  • Future updates are coming to Adobe apps
  • Apple MacBook Air 13.3" Late 2020 Specs

    Key Specs
    Operating System
    macOS
    Processor
    Apple M1
    GPU
    Apple (8-Core)
    Total Installed Memory
    16 GB
    Display Size
    13.3"
    Native Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Touchscreen
    No
    Total Installed Capacity
    1 TB
    Inputs/Outputs
    2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3 / USB4)
    Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with MU-MIMO Support
    Bluetooth
    5.0
    Weight
    2.8 lb / 1.3 kg
    Model Year
    Late 2020
    Performance
    Processor
    Apple M1
    CPU
    8-Core: 
    Performance (4 Cores)
    Efficiency (4 Cores)
    Graphics Type
    Integrated
    GPU
    Apple (8-Core)
    Memory Type
    Embedded DRAM
    Total Installed Memory
    16 GB
    Memory Configuration
    16 GB (Onboard)
    Display
    Panel Type
    IPS-Type LCD
    Display Size
    13.3"
    Aspect Ratio
    16:10
    Native Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Touchscreen
    No
    Finish
    Glossy
    Maximum Brightness
    400 nits / cd/m2
    Color Gamut
    100% DCI-P3
    Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Storage and Expansion
    Total Installed Capacity
    1 TB
    Storage Expansion
    No
    Inputs / Outputs
    Inputs/Outputs
    2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3 / USB4)
    Audio I/O
    1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Output
    Network I/O
    No
    Built-In Speakers
    Yes
    Built-In Microphones
    Yes
    Media/Memory Card Slot
    No
    Communications
    Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with MU-MIMO Support
    Bluetooth
    5.0
    Cellular Support
    No
    GPS
    No
    Webcam
    User-Facing: 720p
    Battery
    Battery Chemistry
    Lithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
    Capacity
    Non-Removable: 49.9 Wh
    Keyboard & Mouse
    Keyboard
    Built-In Chiclet-Style Keyboard with Backlight
    Pointing Device
    Force Touch Trackpad
    General
    Security
    Fingerprint Reader
    Power Supply
    30 W with USB-C
    AC Input Power
    100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    Operating Temperature
    50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
    Operating Humidity
    0 to 90%
    Dimensions
    11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61" / 30.4 x 21.23 x 1.55 cm
    Weight
    2.8 lb / 1.3 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight
    5.235 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
    14.2 x 10.3 x 3.8"

    Apple MacBook Air 13.3" Late 2020 Reviews

    A bit upset

    By Ildar
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2023-06-12

    The only a thing I'm upset is that when I checked for warranty for this device it doesn't show me coverage on apple site. So I have to contact Apple and provide proof of purchase and bunch of other stuff. I don't get why it doesn't show warranty coverage

    Impressed all around

    By Brian
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-23

    I bought this to be an extra machine for homework and general kitchen use. It's way overkill for both even though it's the cheapest MacBook you can buy. We are all impressed with how capable it is especially when you consider that it's a three year old machine. In addition, it's super lightweight and has great battery life. If you're not constantly producing videos or running hard science calculations/sims, this machine is more than adequate for your needs. If it can't keep up with you, you're only out $850 and you could easily get most of that back if you sell it. We're keeping ours.

    Great upgrade!

    By Matthew
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-23

    As much as I loved my 11 MacBook Air it was time for an upgrade. And this delivered in so many ways. I'm spoiled by so many improvements it's a wonder I didn't upgrade sooner. There are much more advanced M based systems from Apple out there, but this M1 based system flies though tasks and satisfies all my computing needs. And as always the price from BH Photo was excellent!

    Beautiful computer, great capabilities, perfect fast deliver

    By Evelinad
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-18

    Nothing bad to say, this completely met my expectations and it arrived super fast. Thank you B&H!

    Nice laptop

    By Guimin
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-16

    Enough storage and memory. Powerful chip. And most importantly, a great price!

    Surprisingly powerful!

    By Max
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-10

    I bought this air to replace my 2015 MacBook Pro. I do some pretty heaving video editing so I was concerned that the MacBook Air wouldn't be powerful enough to handle it. To my surprise, even this base model with 8gbs of Ram handles my editing and after-effects work very smoothly. Very glad I didn't spend the extra money on a new MacBook Pro. Plus it's smaller size makes it even more convenient.

    My Go-To Laptop While On The Move

    By Bob
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-06-07

    After 14 years of carrying around 15 MacBook Pros - which were cumbersome and heavy, to say the least, I'm super happy that Apple now offers a much lighter and more compact Macbook Air with a super fast M1 Chip and Retina Display - so, there's no reason to go back. I shoot professionally and travel extensively, and this laptop easily fits into my (National Geographic) backpack. I was initially worried that 16 GB RAM wouldn't be able to handle full versions of Lightroom and Photoshop simultaneously, but I've been pleasantly surprised thus far.

    The MacBook Air fantastic

    By Yanjing
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-24

    I like this notebook, before I used to Microsoft Office,don't dare try Apple products ,after test at the B&H shop, with patience of sales person teaching,I do think and try this notebook, I do like it very much now. You also can try it if you like it but fear not familiar their software! I do believe you will like it and learn how to use it soon

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    Can this handle 4K video editing in Adobe ...

    Can this handle 4K video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro?
    Asked by: Matt
    You can edit 4k video with this laptop.
    Answered by: Reuben
    Date published: 2021-08-13

    Can I run After Effects efficiently?

    Can I run After Effects efficiently?
    Asked by: Erick
    At the time of this answer, Adobe has not fully incorporated all the app (programs) to be fully compatible with the new Apple M1 Apple Silicon.
    Answered by: Moe
    Date published: 2020-11-25

    What is the battery life on this?

    What is the battery life on this?
    Asked by: Paula
    This MacBook Air M1 from late 2020 has an estimated battery life of 18 hours.
    Answered by: calvinm
    Date published: 2023-02-14

    Is this new or refurbished?

    Is this new or refurbished?
    Asked by: Allen
    This Apple 13.3" MacBook Air M1 Chip with Retina Display (Late 2020, Space Gray) is new in a box not used or refurbished. All items on our site are new unless specifically marked as used, with a condition rating. You will also notice the "Used" tab highlighted at the top of our page.
    Answered by: Moe
    Date published: 2022-12-13

    Apple says MGN63LL/A is educational discounting ...

    Apple says MGN63LL/A is educational discounting model. Is this what it is? Do I need to get verification with this?
    Asked by: Bear
    To obtain an educational discount verification would be required. We would recommend starting the process at https://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/eduAdvantage.jsp.
    Answered by: dariusb
    Date published: 2023-03-15

    Does it come with a mouse.

    Does it come with a mouse.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    This Macbook Air would have a built in trackpad. This is the computers mouse.
    Answered by: Moe
    Date published: 2020-12-16

    Is 8 GB enough memory to run most everyday ...

    Is 8 GB enough memory to run most everyday programs, like banking, stocks, mail, etc.?
    Asked by: David
    Yes, 8GB is enough for banking and web browsing.
    Answered by: Zev
    Date published: 2021-04-29

    Does this have the Big Sur OS installed or ...

    Does this have the Big Sur OS installed or Monterey?
    Asked by: Elaine
    Unfortunately there is no way of telling which version of the OS comes installed in the computers as we have many in our inventory.
    Answered by: Luis A
    Date published: 2022-02-07
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