Why buying a new MacBook Air this weekend should come with a warning

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If you’re thinking of treating yourself to a shiny new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro this weekend, then be warned. Apple has just unveiled two refreshed laptops, which arrive with more power and much, much longer battery life thanks to the firm’s own-brand processor, the M1.

These new machines were revealed during the firm’s “One More Thing” event on Tuesday evening and they could offer a major step forward when it comes to performance. 

Although from the outside it appears nothing has changed, this new Apple Silicon promises to bring some of the biggest advancements in years to the Mac.

Apple is boasting that its MacBook Air’s CPU is 3.5x faster and graphics up to 5x quicker than the Intel-powered model plus it will keep going for up to 18 hours on a single charge. Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro is up to 5x faster with it capable of lasting 20 hours without needing a refill.

These are bold claims from Apple but it certainly looks like these could be the laptops to buy. However, they don’t go on sale until next week and the previous generation is still on sale today.

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Speaking at the launch event Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said: “The introduction of three new Macs featuring Apple’s breakthrough M1 chip represents a bold change that was years in the making, and marks a truly historic day for the Mac and for Apple.

“M1 is by far the most powerful chip we’ve ever created, and combined with Big Sur, delivers mind-blowing performance, extraordinary battery life, and access to more software and apps than ever before. We can’t wait for our customers to experience this new generation of Mac, and we have no doubt it will help them continue to change the world.”

So, a final word of warning…if you are buying a MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro this weekend make sure you get the best laptop for your needs and it’s well worth considering the new M1-powered model over its Intel predecessor.

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