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Apple launches two MacBook Air models powered by M3 chip

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Apple has announced two new MacBook Air models: a 13-inch and a 15-inch, with the M3 chip for $1,099 and $1,299, respectively. For education purposes, the prices will see a hundred-dollar reduction on both models.

The new laptops can be ordered from the Apple Store in 28 countries starting March 4. Offline stores will have them in stock from March 8. They will be available in four colours: midnight, starlight, silver, and space grey.

The M3 chip, boasting an 8-core CPU and up to 10-core GPU with support for up to 24 GB of unified memory, gives the laptops an edge over other brands. Apple claims the new MacBook Air is up to 60% faster than its M1 predecessor and 13 times faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Air.

Apple claims that both models have an 18-hour battery life, a durable aluminium enclosure, a Liquid Retina display, and support for two external displays.

These MacBooks will support ray tracing and hardware-accelerated mesh shading technology, which is ideal for video editing and gaming enthusiasts.

“From college students pursuing their degrees to business users who need powerful productivity or anyone who simply wants the unmatched combination of performance, portability, and industry-leading battery life, all in a fanless design, the new MacBook Air continues to be the world’s best thin and light laptop,” said Gerd Joswiak, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Apple.

Moreover, the laptops feature WiFi 6 for faster download speeds, MagSafe charging, and other usual Apple features such as Magic Keyboard with Touch ID for safety.

The laptops will run on the latest macOS Sonoma, which introduces features like desktop widgets, Split View and Stage Manager.

Both the laptops are made with 50% recycled content, including 100% recycled aluminium, rare earth metals and copper. As Apple plans to remove plastic from all packaging by 2025, the laptops will be sealed with a 99% fibre-based package.

Apple has also reduced the price of the 13-inch M2 MacBook Air by a hundred dollars, now selling at $999.

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Kumar Hemant

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