Apple MacBook Air 13-inch with M1 chip / 8-core GPU / 512GB SSD - Gold (2020)

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The Apple M1 chip gives the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch with M1 chip / 8-core GPU / 512GB SSD - Gold (2020) speed and power beyond belief. With up to 3.5x CPU performance. Up to 5x the graphics speed. Apple's most advanced Neural Engine for up to 11x faster machine learning. And up to 18 hours of battery life. It’s Apple's MacBook Air. Still perfectly portable. Just a lot more powerful..

  • Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine
  • 8GB unified memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • 13-inch Retina display with True Tone
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports

Apple’s thinnest and lightest notebook gets supercharged with the Apple M1 chip, enter the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch with M1 chip / 8-core GPU / 512GB SSD - Gold (2020). Tackle your projects with the blazing-fast 8-core CPU. Take graphics-intensive apps and games to the next level with an up to 8-core GPU. And accelerate machine learning tasks with the 16-core Neural Engine. All with a silent, fanless design and the longest battery life ever.

MacBook Air is Apple’s thinnest and lightest notebook—now transformed by the powerful Apple M1 chip. For a giant leap in CPU and graphics performance and up to 18 hours of battery life. MacBook Air. Still perfectly portable. Just a lot more powerful.


Key Features of the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch with M1 chip / 8-core GPU / 512GB SSD - Gold (2020)

  • Apple-designed M1 chip for a giant leap in CPU, GPU and machine learning performance.
  • Go longer than ever with up to 18 hours of battery life.
  • 8-core CPU delivers up to 3.5x faster performance to tackle projects faster than ever.
  • Up to eight GPU cores with up to 5x faster graphics for graphics-intensive apps and games.
  • 16-core Neural Engine for advanced machine learning.
  • 8GB of unified memory so everything you do is fast and fluid.
  • Superfast 512GB SSD storage with up to 3.3GB/s sequential read speeds launches apps and opens files in an instant.
  • Fanless design for silent operation.
  • 13.3-inch Retina display with P3 wide color for vibrant images and incredible detail.
  • FaceTime HD camera with advanced image signal processor for clearer, sharper video calls.
  • Studio-quality three-microphone array captures your voice more clearly.
  • Next-generation Wi-Fi 6 for faster connectivity.
  • Backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID for secure unlock and payments.
  • macOS Big Sur with a bold new design and major app updates for Safari, Messages and Maps.

Apple M1 Chip | Next level computing

The Apple M1 is the first chip designed specifically for Mac by Apple. Packed with an astonishing 16 billion transistors, the Apple M1 system on a chip (SoC) integrates the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and so much more onto a single tiny chip. With incredible performance, custom technologies, and industry-leading power efficiency, M1 is not just a next step for Mac — it’s another level entirely.

  • The M1 chip in the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with M1 chip / 521GB SSD - Silver (2020) brings up 8GB of superfast unified memory. This single pool of high‑bandwidth, low‑latency memory allows apps to share data between the CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine efficiently — so everything you do is fast and fluid.

Security
The M1 chip and macOS Big Sur give MacBook Pro advanced security and privacy features beyond anything in its class, helping to keep your system and your data protected.

  • Secure Enclave coprocessor | Provides a silicon‑level foundation for critical security features like Touch ID and Apple Pay — and with M1, it’s faster than ever.
  • Dedicated AES storage encryption engine | Keeps encryption keys safe while delivering incredible performance for encrypted storage and data protection.
  • Secure boot and runtime security features | Ensures that only trusted Apple software loads at startup and helps protect macOS while running.
  • Activation Lock | Helps keep your Mac secure if it’s ever lost, stolen, or misplaced, and can improve your chances of recovering it.

8-core CPU | A Quantum Power Leap at a Fraction of the Power consumption

Apple's M1 chip makes MacBook Pro outrageously fast and powerful. Its 8‑core CPU rips through complex workflows and heavy workloads, with up to 2.8x faster processing performance than the previous generation — all with unbelievable energy efficiency.

The 8-core CPU in M1 is the highest-performing CPU Apple has ever built, by far. It combines four performance cores and four efficiency cores that work together to tackle demanding multithreaded tasks, resulting in a quantum leap in performance at a fraction of the power — and a significant boost to battery life.

Four performance cores
The high-performance core is the world’s fastest CPU core when it comes to low-power silicon — and M1 has four of them combining their efforts for a massive boost in performance.

  • Compile Xcode in record time
  • Record, mix and master professional-quality music with multiple tracks, plug-ins and virtual instruments in Logic Pro
  • Edit images with unprecedented speed and responsiveness

Four efficiency cores
Four efficiency cores deliver outstanding performance for everyday tasks using just a tenth of the power. These e‑cores are the most efficient place to run lightweight tasks, allowing the performance cores to tackle the most demanding workloads.

  • The Apple M1 chip automatically saves power when you are using lightweight apps

8-core GPU for up to 5x faster graphics performance

The 8-core GPU in M1 is Apple's most advanced graphics processor. And it brings the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer, delivering a ridiculous 5x boost in graphics horsepower.

Eight dedicated graphics cores
Get ready to create and play beyond your wildest dreams. With eight powerful GPU cores tasked with making graphics smoother, faster, and breathtakingly beautiful — it’s a MacBook Pro you have to see to believe.

  • Play seamless 8K video
  • Power graphics-intensive workflows at a breeze

Incredible graphics performance
Render 3D titles up to 5x faster in Final Cut Pro. Fluidly design intricate scenes in Unity with up to 3x faster graphics. And blast through games with supersmooth frame rates when it’s time to play. Feast your eyes on the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer.

  • Super-charged integrated graphics unlike anything you are used to

macOS Big Sur on M1

Developed to unlock the potential of the M1 chip, macOS Big Sur transforms your Mac with major performance benefits and so much more. Powerful updates for apps. A beautiful new design. Industry-leading privacy features and best‑in‑class security.

Instant Computing | Drastically reduced load times
The M1 chip and macOS Big Sur work together to make the entire system snappier. MacBook Pro wakes instantly from sleep. Everyday tasks from flipping through photos to browsing Safari are faster. And your hardest-working apps all have access to the power they need.

Biggest collection of apps ever | Supports iPhone and iPad apps
Run powerful apps built for M1. All your existing apps work thanks to Rosetta 2. And for the first time, you can use your favourite iPhone and iPad apps directly on macOS Big Sur. Altogether you’ll have access to the biggest collection of apps ever for Mac.

16-core Neural Engine for up to 11x faster Machine Learning

The M1 chip with 16‑core Neural Engine and a full stack of technologies bring task‑smashing speed and automation to video analysis, voice recognition, image processing, and more.

How does it work?
Machine learning lets apps build and apply models based on massive amounts of data — to do things like identify friends and family in photos and videos, interpret natural language for dictation, and even analyze the audio to recognize laughter, applause, and more.

  • 16-core Neural Engine | The dedicated 16-core Neural Engine in the M1 chip can execute up to a staggering 11 trillion operations per second, powering workflows you couldn’t imagine before — like enabling the djay Pro AI app to isolate instrumentals and vocals of any song in real-time.
  • Optimized for machine learning | The entire M1 chip is engineered for machine learning. The CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine are each designed for different types of machine learning workloads — and the ML performance controller distributes ML tasks to the right places to maximize performance.
  • ML accelerators | The two dedicated ML accelerators are built for fast matrix multiplication, executing up to one trillion operations per second — perfect for low-latency ML tasks that don’t require the massive power of the Neural Engine.

Retina display

With the brilliant Retina display, images take on an incredible level of detail and realism. Text is sharp and clear. Bright LED backlighting delivers deep blacks and bright whites. P3 wide colour brings even more vibrant greens and reds than sRGB. And every MacBook Pro features True Tone technology, so the white balance automatically adjusts to match the color temperature of the light around you — for a more natural viewing experience.

  • 500 nits Brightness
  • P3 Wide Colour Gamut | 25% more colours than sRGB
  • True Tone technology | automatic white balance - naturally matched to your environment

M1 Improved Camera and Mics

Thanks to M1, the FaceTime HD camera can now take full advantage of Apple's latest image signal processor — improving image quality in video conferences and pulling out more details in both shadows and highlights. And whether you’re running a meeting, hosting a podcast, or connecting with friends and family, new studio-quality mics will make sure everyone hears you loud and clear.

  • FaceTime HD camera | Highlights in low light scenes have never looked better plus advanced noise reduction makes dark areas sharper. Face detection better adjust white balance and exposure levels thanks to the new Neural Engine for more natural‑looking skin tones.
  • Three-mic array | An improved signal‑to‑noise ratio rivals that of professional‑grade studio microphones.

Magic Keyboard

Magic Keyboard lets you do everything faster and more efficiently. The refined scissor mechanism delivers a responsive, comfortable, and quiet typing experience. The Touch Bar puts the commands you need most right where you need them, saving time and keystrokes. And Touch ID provides fast, easy authentication for secure logins and purchases.

  • Refined Scissor mechanism | Every keystroke, thought, or line of code just feels right.
  • Touch Bar | Enjoy even more shortcuts and features — like your favourite emoji, preferred languages, and quicker access to Siri.
  • Touch ID | Instantly unlock your Mac, and simply press to lock it with the touch ID sensor. Use your fingerprint to rent movies, buy apps, or access things like locked documents or system settings without having to reenter your password. And when you shop online with Apple Pay, Touch ID automatically fills in your shipping and billing information without sharing your card details.

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 6
The next generation of Wi‑Fi isn’t just faster — it keeps MacBook Pro going strong even as more and more devices join the network.

Thunderbolt / USB 4
Ultra‑high bandwidth meets ultra‑versatility. Thunderbolt enables data transfer, charging, and video output all through a single port — and MacBook Pro has two of them.

  • Charge via Thunderbolt/USB4
  • Supports up to 6K external display
  • Supports data transfer up to 40Gb/s

  • MPN - MGNE3X/A
  • GTIN - 194252059265
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Display

Retina display 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colours
Supported scaled resolutions: 680 by 1050
1440 by 900
1024 by 640
Brightness 500 nits
Colour Wide-colour (P3
True Tone technology Yes

Chip

Apple M1 chip 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores
8-core GPU
16-core Neural Engine

Battery and Power

Capacity Built-in 49.9‑watt‑hour lithium‑polymer battery
Charging 30W USB-C Power Adapter
Battery Life Up to 15 hours wireless web
Up to 18 hours Apple TV app movie playback

Memory

Size 8GB unified memory

Storage

Size 512GB SSD

Charg­ing and Expan­sion

Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports with support for: Charging
DisplayPort
Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40Gb/s)
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)

Key­board and Track­pad

Backlit Magic Keyboard with: 65 (U.S.) or 66 (ISO) keys including 4 arrow keys in an inverted‑T arrangement
Touch Bar
Touch ID sensor
Ambient light sensor
Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure‑sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure‑sensitive drawing, and Multi‑Touch gestures

Wireless

Wi-Fi 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology

Camera

Type 720p FaceTime HD camera

Video Support

Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colours and: One external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz
Thunderbolt 3 digital video output Native DisplayPort output over USB-C
VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)

Audio

Audio Features Stereo speakers
Wide stereo sound
Support for Dolby Atmos playback
Three-mic array with directional beamforming
3.5-mm headphone jack

Operating Requirements

Line voltage 100V to 240V AC
Frequency 50Hz to 60Hz
Operating temperature 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
Storage temperature −13° to 113° F (−25° to 45° C)
Relative humidity 0% to 90% noncondensing
Operating altitude tested up to 10,000 feet
Maximum storage altitude 15,000 feet
Maximum shipping altitude 35,000 feet

Size and Weight

Height 0.63 inch (1.61 cm)
Width 11.97 inches (30.41 cm)
Depth 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)
Weight 2.8 pounds (1.29 kg)

Operat­ing System

macOS macOS is the most advanced desktop operating system in the world. macOS Big Sur introduces a bold new design and major updates to apps — taking macOS to a new level of power and beauty.

Accessi­bility

Accessi­bility Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of their new MacBook Pro. With built-in support for vision, hearing, mobility, and learning, you can create and do amazing things.
Features Include Voice Control
VoiceOver
Zoom
Increase in Contrast
Reduce Motion
Siri and Dictation
Switch Control
Closed Captions
Text to Speech
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  • Apple MacBook Air 13-inch with M1 chip / 8-core GPU / 512GB SSD - Gold (2020)
  • 30W USB‑C Power Adapter
  • USB‑C Charge Cable (2 m)
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