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, by Keira Malerson
Apple was always aiming to increase the quality and production level of its products without any loss of comfort and usability. The processor speed remains unchanged but new MacBook Air became more light-weighted, compact and you can get it for the affordable price.
A Little Bit of History
Apple informed about the update of the processor on MacBook Air from 1.6GHz to 1.8GHz in June 2017. Basically, it wasn’t a great deal as the processor itself was of the same generation Apple used for its MacBook Air first presented in 2015. But, if you’ve decided to become a Mac laptop user, this device is still the best choice for you.
As we all know MacBook Air is one of the most popular laptops on the planet. Lots of people are using it not just at home but in public places such as libraries, coffee shops, bus stops, hubs, you name it. While Apple tries to replace it with more modern MacBook, Pro lots of users still prefer light-weighted and simple MacBook Air all over the world.
Actually, Apple doesn’t try to call its new MacBook Air a brand new model. It is just upgraded and more recent version of the previous 2015 machine. The entire design of the laptop hasn’t changed too much. It is still sharp and thin laptop as it first appeared in 2010. The main changes were very minor and went through processor and ports. Then the main update was about the default memory. It was a transition from 4GB to 8GB.
And the color still remains to be one and only – silver. At the same time, MacBook and MacBook Pro have a wide range of various colors such as grey, rose gold, gold, etc.
Main MacBook Air 2017 Updates
Recent changes and updates to the MacBook Air are limited. The main one is about the processor and its speed that was slightly increased. And everything else is absolutely the same as the previous 2015 model has. The processor itself is the same stuff produced by Intel.
And talking about the processor, we must say that MacBook Pro is provided with more contemporary and powerful products such as Skylake and Kaby Lake. And it is as fair as it gets. If you want a faster laptop, you should purchase Pro range product.
But if you don’t need to write music or develop applications on your laptop, the MacBook Air is just enough for you. The new model has Intel Core i5 processor 1.8GHz. It is a little faster than the previous version with 1.8GHz. So, you would not notice any big difference between 2015 and 2017 models so far.
If you want to get yourself a brand new MacBook Air, you should get the fresh 2017 model. But if you already have the 2015 Air the transition to 2017 is just not worth it. In case you have an older Air model, this change might be good for you as the 2017 model has a faster processor, larger *GB RAM, and graphics.
MacBook Air 2017 Storage
The most significant difference between new MacBook Air and its previous version is about the storage capacity. So, now you’re offered with 128GB or 256GB SDD drive. Also, there is an option to double this storage to 512GB. This operation will cost you about $200.
What we want to recommend you is to get as much space as you can. Every following year the size of applications and the system itself becomes bigger. Also, the data you store gets bigger. So, enough space sooner or later will become an issue for you.
Ports and Slots on MacBook Air 2017
So, here is the list of side ports you get along with your new MacBook Air:
- USB 3 port – 2
- Thunderbolt 2 port – 1
- MagSafe 2 power port – 1
Also, you get an SDXC camera card slot and standard 5mm headphone jack.
And of course, Air supports the same 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards as the most powerful Apple MacBook Pro.
The screen for new MacBook Air is about 13.3in in diagonal. It is LED-backlit and widescreen. The typical resolution of this screen is 1,440-x-900 pixels with a pixel density of 128ppi.
Of course, it is not the crispest and smoothest screens on the market. For example, Retina screen on the standard MacBook or MacBook Pro is way different. But Air’s display is still valuable and absolutely normal for work and entertainment. Some users consider it a little bit fuzzy, especially in comparison to the Retina. But Air display has few advantages too. It consumes less energy and costs are less.
Software and Apps Installed by Default
As always users of Apple products get a bunch of useful applications installed by default and used as standard ones. For example, for your free video calls, you can use FaceTime that works perfectly with other Apple devices. Office applications are also included.
Besides that, you also get those well-known archiving and editing tools, soft for making videos and music. And of course, stuff to listen to the music.
So, if you want to purchase a new 13-inch MacBook Air, you need to know few things about it before giving your money away. This device is Apple’s entry-level laptop with the price starting average around one thousand dollars. It is as powerful as you might need to do your simple office tasks and surf the web. The display this thing has is not as tough as smooth Retina, but it is still valuable and reliable screen with no doubt.
There are not as many USB ports as one may need, but you have one to attach the bigger screen to your AIR laptop. The device remains one of the most nicely-done laptops on the market with great classic design and reliable performance. But new 2017 version has not too many differences from its predecessor. The speed of the processor is just slightly bigger and you, probably, would not notice any difference at all. But if you have the 2010 version of MacBook Air, 2017 model is the right choice for you if you want an upgrade.
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