All the differences between MacBook Air 2020 and MacBook Air 2019

Together with the iPad Pro 2020 without separate presentations, Apple also introduced the new MacBook Air .

Many noted that the novelty uses a fresh keyboard with a scissor mechanism. However, for me this is more a minus than a plus. About this and other differences further.


In short, the MacBook Air 2020 has exactly the same screen that was used in last year’s model. There are both positive and negative aspects to this fact.

On the one hand, since 2018, Apple has been installing amazing Retina screens with a resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels on the MacBook Air . They are many times superior to TN-matrices, which “air” laptops were equipped with before, not only in the clarity of the picture, but also in the viewing angles.

The display of the new product works with the color gamut of Full sRGB and supports True Tone technology, which adjusts the temperature of the screen to the environment. At home, he becomes as warm as possible.


On the other hand, the screen of both last year and the new MacBook Air is not bright enough for comfortable work . Its brightness reaches only 400 cd / m², which today is not enough even for indoor use.

Interestingly, comfortable 500 cd / m² are used not only in the MacBook Pro, but also in the current iPad Air . But the new iPad Pro, whose screens Apple generally considers the best, boasts a brightness of 600 cd / m². It is difficult to say that this is enough for a bright sunny day on the street, but this is not 400 cd / m².

Design and dimensions

The new MacBook Air is expected to get bigger. The blame for the new keyboard, which replaced a more convenient, but less reliable “butterfly”. It has a bulky mechanism, so the gadget had to be made thicker.

The thickest place on the MacBook Air is in the hinge area. Last year’s model, the thickness of the laptop here is 1.56 cm, but for the new product it reaches 1.61 cm. The difference in half a millimeter is unlikely to be really critical, but it does have a place.

Most likely, it is for the same reason that the weight of the gadget has increased. Previously, it was 1.25 kg, but now it reaches 1.29 kg. Again, 40 g, but they can also be felt.


But the length and width remained unchanged: 30.41 cm and 21.24 cm. Even taking into account a small increase in size, the new laptop should fit in envelope cases created for the old one.

Interestingly, after the release of the new MacBook Air, its weight difference with the 13-inch MacBook Pro looks even less noticeable: 1.29 kg in the first versus 1.37 kg in the second. Already today, with a high degree of probability, it can be argued that the next “Proshka” will definitely become larger.


Last year’s MacBook Air used a dual-core Intel Core i5-8210Y processor. It copes with office tasks, but this is the eighth generation of Intel chips, which in 2020 can be considered obsolete.

Instead, the new products use the tenth generation of Intel chips, and there are enough processors for every taste : dual-core i3, as well as quad-core i5 and i7. By the way, the RAM in the MacBook Air can be either 8 or 16 GB.

The real performance of all this will still need to be tested, but, to be honest, I strongly doubt that it will grow much.

Apple abandoned the 128 GB drive . In 2020, this amount of permanent memory is already really too small even for ordinary use, therefore, this state of affairs is logical.

Moreover, the maximum storage capacity was previously limited to around 1 TB, but now, if you really want to, you can choose the option with 2 TB of ROM.


MacBook Air 2018 and 2019 use a third-generation butterfly keyboard . It differs from the previous ones by the presence of a special rubber gasket, which prevents dirt and dust from entering the mechanism, and also makes typing more quiet.

After the release of the first generation of “butterfly” in 2015, she received a mountain of negative reviews in her direction. The keys stuck and stopped working, that’s why they scolded her the most.

Nevertheless, after the emergence of the actual “butterfly” in 2018, it was possible to say with confidence that all the problems with it were exhausted. It works completely flawlessly.

But Apple decided to play it safe and replaced the more comfortable and technologically advanced keyboard with the most reliable scissor mechanism . After testing it in the 16-inch MacBook Pro in 2019, it seemed to me that the new “scissors” buttons were slightly different from those used in the 2015 MacBook Pro and earlier.

After the “butterfly” the “scissors” have too high a stroke. On the keyboard, which uses this mechanism, it turns out not so quickly to type large texts. But if it performs better in the long run, Apple did the right thing.


Updated MacBook Air supports playback of Dolby Atmos content . This is the surround sound format used in films: it creates the effect of being inside a particular scene.

The 2019 MacBook Air did a great job playing through its built-in speakers. If the sound really got even better, it can be considered a real victory.

However, to really hear Dolby Atmos, it’s better to still use a set of speakers scattered around the room. They are better connected to the TV, and it to the Apple TV. ITunes has more than enough content to support this sound.

The new MacBook Air uses an advanced system of three directional microphones . Many naively believe that this is exactly the same kit that is used in the 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019. This is not entirely true.

In the actual “Proshka” there really are as many microphones, but they are of a different quality, therefore they guarantee a sound close to the studio one. The new “Air” in this regard is simpler, but better than it was.



By and large, the new MacBook Air really attracts the most attention with a scissor keyboard . Having heard horror stories about the “butterfly”, many waited for it for a very long time.

However, you should also pay attention to the increase in the maximum amount of internal memory, as well as the new Intel processors of the 10th generation.

For the new MacBook Air with a standard configuration with a 256 GB drive, they will ask for $999.00 earlier for a model with the same drive it was necessary.


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