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Apple recently ushered in its long-awaited refreshes to two product lines that haven’t received a lot of love lately: the 2023 MacBook Air and the 2023 Mac mini (review). Both machines have been updated with new processors, Apple’s T2 chip, modernized I/O, and several other enhancements.

The MacBook Air, though, is by far the more popular machine, and will demand the majority of the public’s attention between the two. This is the portable Mac that lots of people have been waiting for, but does it live up to its namesake? Watch our video review for the details.


13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS Retina display

2560 x 1600 native resolution (227 PPI)

16:10 aspect ratio

Eighth-gen Intel Core i5 CPU

Intel UHD Graphics 617

Apple T2 security chip

Up to 16GB of faster 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM

Up to 1.5TB of SSD storage

Integrated Touch ID Sensor

Third-generation butterfly keyboard with individual backlit keys

Force Touch trackpad

Two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports

3.5mm headphone jack

Three microphones

Stereo speakers

720p FaceTime HD camera

802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2

30W power adapter + USB-C charging cable

Supports one external 5K display or two 4K displays up to 60Hz

Colors: gold, silver, space gray

Tapered design

Battery life: 12 hours web, 13 hours iTunes movie playback

Weight: 2.75 pounds

Width: 11.97 inches

Depth: 8.36 inches

Thickness/Height: Between 0.16 inches (thinnest point) and 0.61 inches (thickest point)

Video review

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Finally, a Retina display…

The Retina display checks off the biggest want for MacBook Air customers, as it is the second to last product in Apple’s entire lineup, iOS or Mac, to receive a Retina update. The lowly non-Retina iMac still remains.

The Retina display in the MacBook Air packs over 4 million pixels in the machine’s 13.3-inch display. The screen features a 2560 x 1600 native resolution IPS panel that provides much-improved viewing angles over last-gen’s Air.

The new MacBook Air display also receives a significant color upgrade. While not technically classifying as a wide color display, the 2023 model supports nearly 50% more colors than the previous hardware.

The display on the previous MacBook Air was by far its weakest quality, so the screen enhancements alone make the new model a worthwhile upgrade proposition for existing customers.

Another weak link of the previous MacBook Air was its overly generous bezels. The redesigned model ushers in the type of reduced bezels with edge-to-edge glass that MacBook and MacBook Pro users have been enjoying for years. The glass, in particular, is a much-needed visual improvement, as the outgoing machine’s aluminum bezels made the display feel cramped and outdated.

Reduced footprint

Compared to the last-generation MacBook Air, the Retina-enabled machine is 0.21 pounds lighter, a not insignificant reduction in weight. The new machine is also 0.07-inches thinner, and features width and depth reductions of 0.83- and 0.58-inches respectively. In other words, it’s a more portable and travel-friendly machine than the previous generation Air, yet it still packs in the same 13.3-inch display size.

That acknowledged, the MacBook Air with Retina display remains a larger machine than Apple’s svelte 12-inch MacBook in every dimension. The width and depth differences between these machines isn’t shocking, but the MacBook Air is also thicker and heavier.

With this in mind, the real “MacBook Air”, in my opinion, is the 12-inch MacBook. I’ve always thought that it deserved the venerated “Air” moniker to begin with. Unfortunately, there have been no updates for the 12-inch model in 2023, and its future remains a question mark in Apple’s lineup.

But here’s where things get funny and slightly ironic. The MacBook Air is actually thicker at its thickest point than the current-generation MacBook Pro. If anything, that speaks to the marketing power of the MacBook Air name.


For the last few years, the MacBook Air has been the budget option as far as Apple laptops are concerned. The new MacBook Air starts at $1199, but Apple continues to sell its last-gen model without a Retina display for $999. Fully maxed out with 16GB of RAM and 1.5TB of SSD storage, the 2023 MacBook Air can cost more than a well-equipped MacBook Pro.

When comparing the 2023 MacBook Air with the 2023 MacBook Pro, you’ll notice a few similarities between these two machines:

Both have a 13-inch Retina display

Both feature just two Thunderbolt 3 ports

Both lack the Touch Bar, and feature actual function keys

Both have a similar thickness at the machine’s thickest point

But despite their similarities, the MacBook Air features several key differences that will matter to customers:

The MacBook Air is 0.27 pounds lighter

The MacBook Air features a tapered design

The MacBook Air has longer battery life

The MacBook Air has Apple’s T2 Security Chip

The MacBook Air has Touch ID

The MacBook Air features Apple’s third-generation keyboard

Although the “Air” designation is funny given the device’s thickness, the MacBook Air, at 2.75 pounds, is noticeably lighter than both the previous Air and the MacBook Pro, so it still makes sense. Various factors play into the weight difference, including that iconic tapered design.

A power-sipping CPU

Despite all of the display improvements, and the reduced footprint, Apple rates the new MacBook Air similarly to its predecessor when it comes to battery life.

Wireless web: up to 12 hours

iTunes movie playback: up to 13 hours (1 hour improvement)

Standby time: up to 30 days

Even though the battery in the new MacBook Air is smaller, 50.3-watt-hours versus 54-watt-hours, the new machine features better battery life. How?

The 2023 MacBook Air features a single processor option — a 1.6GHz dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, which can turbo up to 3.6GHz and supports Hyper-Threading. This is a 7W Intel i5-8210Y CPU with integrated Intel UHD Graphics 617. Compared to the chips in the previous MacBook Air, which were 15W, this processor is designed to draw less power.

For most people in the market for a MacBook Air, I think the 7W i5 processor is okay, and will do everything you need for day-to-day tasks. Word processing, web browsing, and media consumption will all perform well on the MacBook Air. If you set the right expectations, even light video editing and other tasks that typically require more power, will perform decently.

Someone in the market for a MacBook Air shouldn’t be looking to heavily push its CPU or graphics as if it were a desktop — that’s why machines like the 6-core MacBook Pro exist.


Here is a Geekbench 4 CPU benchmark comparing the new 2023 MacBook Air and last year’s MacBook Pro without Touch Bar. As you can see, the MacBook Pro edges out the MacBook Air in both single- and multi-core tests.

The iGPUs on both of these machines are relatively weak, but that’s to be expected. Still, the year-old MacBook Pro has the edge when comparing GPU performance.

Cinebench R15 results paint a similar picture. Neither machine is impressive when it comes to graphics performance, but the MacBook Pro is the winner by default.

For me, as someone who works with video on a day in and day out basis, Final Cut Performance is a big differentiator. The MacBook Pro provides much better Final Cut Pro X performance when compared to the MacBook Air with Retina display. It’s possible to edit videos on the MacBook Air, for sure, but the experience isn’t nearly as pleasant as it is on the more powerful machine.

(Shorter is better)

Of course, most people don’t edit videos every day, so you’ll need to decide whether these types of things truly matter to you. For most people, the answer to that question is: No.

The final benchmark compares the PCIe-based SSDs found in the two machines. As you can see, the MacBook Pro has a faster SSD in both read and write. Both SSDs are 128GB, which makes them easy to compare. Keep in mind that when you configure a larger SSD, the write speeds will significantly improve.

Keyboard, trackpad, and Touch ID

The MacBook Air with Retina display receives Apple’s third-generation butterfly switch keyboard. The new keyboard features keys that are individually backlit, which looks more uniform when typing in dimly lit settings.

The updated keyboard addresses some of the well-documented issues that plagued previous versions, but it will still take some getting used to for anyone coming directly from the previous MacBook Air.

Alongside the keyboard is a stand-alone Touch ID sensor, the biometric technology that lets users quickly unlock, authenticate with macOS and third-party apps, and make Apple Pay purchases.

The inclusion of Touch ID is significant for the MacBook Air, because it’s the first Apple laptop to include the feature without the costly, and largely useless (in my opinion), Touch Bar found on Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup.

Touch ID on the MacBook Air is possible thanks to the inclusion of the Apple T2 security chip, the same chip that’s in the 2023 Mac mini, the MacBook Pro, and the iMac Pro. This chip does a bevy of things security-wise, and also consolidates many of the machine’s controllers into a central location. For more information about the Apple T2 security chip, be sure to read our 2023 Mac mini review.

Camera, speakers and microphones

The new MacBook Air’s camera is the same 720p FaceTime HD camera found in the previous generation MacBook Air. I wish the camera was 1080p, but at least it’s better than the ridiculously low-resolution 480p camera on the 12-inch MacBook.

Speakers are 25% louder on the 2023 MacBook Air, with two times the bass response than the previous generation. You’ll never mistake the machine for a proper stereo, but if you’re aware of how limited the last model’s speakers were, you’ll no doubt appreciate any effort to improve the audio fidelity.

Along with the speaker improvements, a new three-array microphone makes an appearance as well. The microphones are geared towards lending better sound input for FaceTime calls, and improving the accuracy of Siri communication.

Thunderbolt 3 I/O

As you might imagine, a lot has changed on the I/O front since the last major MacBook Air refresh. Apple has gone all in with USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, allowing for screaming fast connectivity with external storage, displays, and even external GPUs. The new MacBook Air includes a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side of the keyboard, which also happen to be the same ports used for charging the machine.

Thunderbolt 3 is a major upgrade to the MacBook Air, and it allows interfacing with high bandwidth devices in a way that wasn’t possible on previous versions. Like I illustrated with the 2023 Mac mini, there are so many expandability options to choose from, it’s almost like being able to upgrade your computer from the outside in.

Recommended MacBook Air USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 accessories

The downside is that Apple has gone all-in with Thunderbolt 3, and left other handy ports like an SD Card reader behind. You’ll now need to use a dock or a dongle to connect an SD Card to your MacBook Air, which is annoying at best.

As a result of the adoption of Thunderbolt 3, the 2023 MacBook Air ditches the popular MagSafe connector for charging. It means that one of the USB-C ports will be occupied any time you need to charge the machine. It also means that you lose the utility that MagSafe, a magnetic-attaching power connector that easily disconnected if someone happened to trip over the cable, brought to the table.

The handy USB 3 Type-A ports that used to reside on each side of the MacBook Air have also been removed. This follows the trend of Apple simplifying its I/O on its laptops, providing Thunderbolt 3 ports, and not much else.

9to5Mac’s Take

Depending on how you used the previous MacBook Air, the 2023 model is a downgrade in some ways. There’s no SD Card reader, no USB-A ports, and no MagSafe. There’s also a power-sipping 7W CPU, instead of the 15W CPUs that occupied the internals of previous Air models.

Performance on the new MacBook Air is better than the previous-gen model, but it may not be as drastic of an improvement as one might have been hoping for in a MacBook Air redesign. If you engage with applications that require a healthy dose of CPU and/or GPU power, you’ll definitely want the MacBook Pro.

I also wish that there were USB-C ports on the right side of the device to make it more convenient to charge the MacBook Air. Having ports on both sides of the machine is one of the more underrated features of the Touch Bar-enabled MacBook Pro; it’s one of those conveniences that you don’t fully appreciate until you need it.

But make no mistake, the MacBook Air is a major upgrade over its predecessor in a lot of ways. The IPS-enabled Retina display is a welcome presence, providing much-improved viewing angles and better colors as well.

The new MacBook Air has better battery life, better sound, and super-expandable Thunderbolt 3 I/O. It packs all of this into a footprint that’s both smaller and lighter than the laptop it replaces.

This is the mainstream Apple computer that many will be using for years to come, and thanks to Thunderbolt 3, the machine you purchase today isn’t necessarily the same machine that you’re stuck with for the long haul.

Despite some deficiencies, Apple fans who are migrating from the previous generation will be mostly happy with the 2023 MacBook Air with Retina display — it’s the mainstream Mac that will satisfy the majority of users.

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The Best Cases For The New Macbook Air

Apple launched a new MacBook Air earlier this year, bringing with it a 13-inch Retina display, and, perhaps most importantly, the scissor switch keyboard. So now you may need a case to protect it.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best case options for your new 13-inch MacBook Air, some with slim designs and others with more prominent, eye-catching aesthetics. All of them will help keep your MacBook Air protecting from day-to-day use. So let’s get right into it.

The best MacBook Air cases Twelve South BookBook

This is the second version of Twelve South’s popular BookBook case for the MacBook Air. It retains the familiar design, boasting a look that’s reminiscent of a hardcover book. It features hand-crafted genuine leather, with both the front and back of the case hardback book covers. A rigid spine helps protect against drops. And the inside of the case is constructed from a plush, velvety interior to prevent any scratches with daily use.

There is a new proprietary hinge system within the BookBook case, making it easy to keep working with the MacBook even if you keep it within the BookBook. No straps will block the screen. There is a hidden pocket within the case that can store documents as well.

This BookBook case will also fit the 13-inch MacBook Pro as well.

The BookBook case for the MacBook Air is available now from Amazon.

Buy Twelve South BookBook for $89.99


The Spigen case for the new MacBook Air is designed to be minimal and low-impact, protecting your notebook without adding any major bulk for day-to-day use. It is constructed from a premium knit fabric, which will prevent scratches. The case also offers precise cutouts for the headphone jack and the pair of USB-C ports, so you won’t have any issues connecting accessories to your MacBook Air.

The case also features an elevated bottom, which will help prevent any overheating issues.

Spigen’s case for the MacBook Air is available now from Amazon in either black or rose gold color options.

Buy Spigen’s MacBook Air case for $24.99

Twelve South SuitCase

The SuitCase from Twelve South is a brand new option, featuring full-body protection and a built-in carrying handle, too. It’s designed to protect your MacBook Air while you travel and while you use it, but it doesn’t attach directly to your laptop like the other cases.

The SuitCase features a proprietary bungee hinge design within the case, so when you open it your MacBook Air easily accessible without any straps blocking the display. But thanks to the design, it means you can easily remove the MacBook Air, too. The interior features micro-suede to help not only absorb shocks, but also prevent scratches. Meanwhile, outside, the case is a hardshell case with a unique tailored grey twill in a signature diamond pattern.

Inside, there is a single, relatively large pocket to hold cables, documents, and small notebooks. Some of the other nice touches with the SuitCase include water resistant zippers and the aforementioned carrying handle is full-grain leather. The whole case is made from water repellant material, too.

The SuitCase is available now for your MacBook Air from Amazon.

Buy Twelve South’s SuitCase MacBook Air case for $69.99


The ProCase has a slim design, but it’s a hardshell which means it offers extra durability when compared to other thin cases out there for the MacBook Air. It has a wrap-around bumper to help protect against drops thanks to its built-in shock absorbency, and there is a foldable built-in stand as well.

Accessing ports is easy thanks to the cutouts, and the bottom of the heavy duty case is ventilated to help prevent any overheating issues, thanks to four rows of cooling holes. The back of the lid is protected by an anti-scratch layer as well.

The case is easy to snap on and off when needed, and it’s available now in grey from Amazon.

Buy the ProCase hardshell MacBook Air case for $28.99


The Incase option is another thin shell, but it’s a hardshell design as well. The case is made from the reliable Bayer Makrolon polycarbonate material, which will help prevent any scratches from marking up your MacBook Air, but also protect it against minor drops as well. The case also features a Woolenex material overlay, which is abrasion-resistant.

That Woolenex is woven from both 300D and 600D polyester, and designed to help make the case weather-resistant. And it’s a form-fitting case, which means you can find precise cutouts for the headphone jack and two USB-C ports. It is also thoroughly ventilated, so MacBook Air owners shouldn’t run into any overheating issues.

The Incase MacBook Air case is available now from Amazon in Graphite, Heather Navy, and Blush Pink color options.

Buy the Incase MacBook Air case for $34.95 – $94.93

Apple Leather Sleeve

This is a straightforward sleeve for the 13-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. However, it’s the same high-quality design that Apple has made for its other leather cases and sleeves. It’s crafted from European leather, and the inside has a soft microfiber lining. One of the benefits of this sleeve is that it will allow you to charge your MacBook Air while it’s inside, so you can keep it protected while you juice up.

The Leather Sleeve from Apple is available now from Amazon in Midnight Blue, Black, and Saddle Brown.

Buy Apple Leather Sleeve for $179.00

8 Best Macbook Air Alternatives You Can Buy

Let’s all take a minute and agree on the fact that Apple’s MacBook Air is ageing. It’s pretty much certain that Apple just doesn’t care about this line-up anymore. Well, that doesn’t mean the MacBook Air is mediocre by any means. When Steve Jobs unveiled the original MacBook Air seven years ago, it revolutionized the entire laptop industry, making way for a whole new category of compact, light-weight and super-thin laptops which are now widely known as ultrabooks. Now, it’s just a thing of the past. Take a look at the last MacBook Air model for example, it’s just the same old MacBook Air from 2010 except for some hardware changes under the hood. This clearly shows that it’s about time people started to look elsewhere for alternatives and that’s exactly what we’re going to help you out with. Well, let’s proceed to the exciting part where we discuss about the 8 best MacBook Air alternatives you can buy:

1. Microsoft Surface Laptop

Microsoft recently announced their latest Surface laptop, which is primarily aimed towards students. The company plans to take on the Chromebooks and MacBook Air laptops with its ultra-thin form factor and capable hardware. The Surface Laptop looks completely futuristic, unlike the ageing MacBook and at 14.48 mm thin, it’s much thinner than the thickest point of the MacBook Air. It’s also lighter than the MacBook Air, weighing at just 1.25 Kg. Microsoft’s new laptop can be configured with a 7th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor depending on your budget. The MacBook Air on the other hand packs an older and inferior Intel Core i5 processor and there’s no i7 variant available. Microsoft claims an exceptional 14.5 hour battery life for their new laptop, but we’ll have to wait and see how it fares in real-world usage.

You will able to purchase the Surface Laptop in 128GB, 256GB or 512GB SSD variants depending on your preferred price point. Apart from this, the base configuration of the laptop packs only 4GB RAM compared to the 8GB offered by the MacBook Air. However, you can increase it up to 16GB if your budget permits. Surface Laptop will be running on Windows 10 S operating system, which is essentially is stripped down version of regular Windows 10. Not much to worry about here, as you’ll be able to upgrade to the regular Windows 10 Pro for free, if you purchase the laptop by the end of this year. As far as pricing is concerned, it’s pretty similar to the MacBook Air, starting at $999. It’s currently available for preorder and it will start shipping on June 15th.

2. Dell XPS 13

Straight out of the future. That’s all I have to say about the looks of Dell’s XPS 13 laptop. Just take a look at those tiny bezels, which Dell proudly calls “Infinity Display“. It literally puts the MacBook Air to shame in terms of design, by making it look like a laptop from the past decade in comparison. It’s not just the design that the XPS 13 excels in, as it packs some serious power in a thin form factor. The base configuration of the laptop comes with a 7th Generation i3-7100U processor, 4GB DDR3-1866Mhz RAM and 128GB SSD. If that’s not good enough for you, the laptop can be configured with up to i7-7560U, 16GB RAM and 1 TB PCIe SSD. It outshines the MacBook Air in terms of battery department as well, by offering an impressive 13 hour battery life for normal web browsing. Now you’re excited, aren’t you?

At 1.22 Kg, it’s lighter than both the MacBook Air and Surface Laptops. Due to the reduction of bezels, it’s much more compact as well. The Dell XPS 13 is one of the best built laptops out there, featuring an aluminium chassis on the outside and a soft-touch carbon fiber finish on the inside. The webcam is weirdly priced at the bottom of the display, but that’s the price you’re paying for a laptop with super-thin bezels and I’ll take it any day. Pricing starts at $799, which is considerably lower than the MacBook Air, but that’s for a mediocre base configuration. It might even exceed $2000 if you’re opting for the highest-end configuration.

Buy from Dell: (Starts at $799)

3. Razer Blade Stealth

The laptop looks pretty much like an imaginary matte black variant of the MacBook Air, if you take a look at those huge bezels in particular. The Blade Stealth is extremely thin at 13.2 mm, which makes it substantially thinner than MacBook Air’s thickest point. It also has a superior build quality, made out of anodized aluminium which is almost as good as the build quality of Apple’s laptop. That being said, the battery on the Razer Blade Stealth should be good enough to last you for about 7 hours.

The lowest end variant of the Razer Blade Stealth features a 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200U dual core processor with 8GB DDR3-1866Mhz RAM whereas the higher end variants feature the i5 7500U dual core processor with 16GB DDR3-1866Mhz RAM. It doesn’t have a dedicated GPU, instead it utilizes Intel’s integrated HD Graphics 620 for the graphical horsepower required. However, you can make use of the included thunderbolt 3 port and connect your desktop graphics card using an optional Razer Core External GPU enclosure, if you’re looking forward to game on this machine.

Buy from Amazon: (Starts at $899)

4. MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2024)

The display on the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro boasts a native resolution of 2560 x 1600 for all the eye candy that you’ll need. Under the hood, the base configuration of the laptop features a 6th generation 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, with Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz. It also comes with 8GB of RAM and 256 GB PCIe SSD for blistering fast performance. As far as battery life is concerned, it should last you for about 10 hours of regular web browsing, which is slightly lower than the 12 hours offered by the MacBook Air. If this configuration doesn’t impress you, you can go for the higher end variants if you can push your budget. Pricing starts at $1449 for the base model and goes up to $2000 depending on the hardware you prefer.

Buy from Amazon: (Starts at $1449)

5. HP Spectre x360 13-Inch

The highly popular HP Spectre x360 is a convertible laptop, which is currently available in 13 and 15-inch variants, but we’ll focus on the 13-inch variant, considering that’s a better alternative to the MacBook Air. The x360 name comes from the fact that this laptop has a 360 degree hinge design, thereby making it a convertible laptop. This laptop sits at the top of HP’s consumer range and includes all the necessary features to justify the price as well. It packs some serious power in a thin and light form factor, despite the fact that it has an impressive battery life lasting well over a whopping 14 hours.

Under the hood, the base model of this laptop features a Full HD display along with the i7-7500U dual core processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 256 GB PCIe SSD. With a thickness of 13.8 mm and a weight of approximately 1.29 Kg, the HP Spectre x360 is not only significantly thinner, but also lighter than the MacBook Air. As far as pricing is concerned, the base variant starts at $1199 and goes upwards depending on your hardware demands.

Buy from Amazon: (Starts at $1199)

6. Asus ZenBook UX330

Asus have been recently known for making some great affordable ultrabooks and the ZenBook UX330 is no exception. It replaces the older UX305 laptop which was already considered as a worthy MacBook Air alternative. Similar to most of the ultrabooks that we mentioned above, this one’s thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air, weighing at 1.2 Kg and having a thickness of just 13.5 mm. Asus claims the battery on this ultrabook should be good enough to last up to 12 hours of web browsing, which is quite similar to what you can expect from the MacBook Air. So, we got no complaints on that front.

Buy from Amazon: (Starts at $699)

7. Samsung Notebook 9 13-Inch Laptop

This laptop from Samsung might not be one of the latest in the list, but it still packs quite a punch and that’s exactly why we consider it as a worthy MacBook Air alternative. With a thickness of 13.46 mm and weighing about 1.27 Kg, the Notebook 9 is thinner and lighter than the Apple’s counterpart. The design looks quite similar to Apple’s MacBook laptops and other Windows laptops that ripped off Apple’s design, so nothing special here. Samsung claims a battery life of up to 10 hours on the Notebook 9, but that’s slightly lower than the 12 hour life offered by the MacBook Air.

As far as hardware is concerned, the laptop features a Full HD display powered by a 6th generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor with a stock clock speed of 2.3 GHz and turbo boost up to 2.8 GHz, so you don’t have to worry about the performance at all. Apart from this, 8GB RAM comes and 256 GB m.2 SSD comes as standard. The laptop is only available in a single configuration, so you don’t have to worry about hidden costs. For a price tag of $999, which is same as the MacBook Air, this laptop is good enough to give Apple a run for their money.

8. Acer Swift 7

Last but not the least, it’s about time you guys meet the showstopper. Introducing the world’s thinnest laptop ever made, the Acer Swift 7. But, what if we tell you that the world’s thinnest laptop is also one of the world’s most affordable ultrabooks? Well, we understand your excitement, so let’s get down to what this laptop boasts about. At 9.9 mm, this ultrabook is as thin as a smartphone available today. Weighing at approximately 1.13 Kg, it puts the MacBook Air and several other ultrabooks to shame. With a Full HD IPS display, you can expect great viewing angles on this laptop. Acer claims the battery on the Swift 7 should be good enough to last up to 9 hours, which is quite decent for a laptop, this thin.

However, what we’re not impressed about this laptop is the hardware. For the sheer thickness and weight, you’ll be sacrificing a chunk of performance. The Acer Swift 7 is powered by the 7th generation Intel Core i5-7Y54 or i7-7Y75, both of which are underpowered processors. So, don’t expect anything exceptional, just because it’s a Kaby Lake processor. The i5 processor clocks at 1.2 GHz and goes up to 3.2 GHz on turbo boost, whereas the i7 processor clocks at 1.3 GHz and goes up to 3.6 GHz on turbo boost. Apart from this, the laptop packs 8GB DDR3 RAM and a 256 GB SSD, which is decent for an ultra-thin laptop. It’s the price tag which gets us all excited about this laptop, which starts at just $799, thereby making it a much better alternative to the MacBook Air, if you’re keen on having a thin and light-weight laptop.

Buy from Amazon: (Starts at $799)

The Best MacBook Air Alternatives You Can Buy

How To Reset Smc On Macbook Air & Macbook Pro (2024 And Later)

Resetting the SMC on newer model MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers from the 2023 & 2023 model year onward is a different process than resetting the Mac SMC on prior Macs, this is because of the T2 security chip that controls Touch ID and secure boot functionality on the latest Mac laptops. Despite being a different procedure, resetting the SMC on the 2023 MacBook Air, 2023 MacBook Pro, 2023 MacBook Air, 2023 MacBook Pro can still be a necessary troubleshooting procedure to resolve some particular issues.

For some quick background, the System Management Controller (SMC) on a Mac is in charge of managing various hardware components of the computer, including fans and thermal management, battery and power management, display and keyboard backlighting, external displays, and other similar low-level hardware functions. Thus if you are experiencing issues with a Mac that pertain to these type of hardware components and functionality, resetting the SMC on the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro may be part of the troubleshooting process, and often an effective one at that.

As mentioned a moment ago, resetting the SMC on these new T2 equipped Macs, including MacBook Air 2023 (and later) and MacBook Pro 2023 (and later) is a different process than resetting SMC on prior Mac models. This tutorial will demonstrate the steps required to reset the SMC on the newest Mac laptop models in the Apple lineup.

How to Reset SMC on MacBook Air & MacBook Pro (2024, 2023, or later)

Resetting the System Management Controller on modern Mac laptops with the T2 security chip is different from the SMC reset process on other Macs, and it’s now a two-step process. Sometimes simply completing the first step alone will resolve the issue, but proceeding with both part 1 and part 2 of the SMC reset process for the troubleshooting process is generally a valid approach on these laptops.

Resetting SMC on MacBook Air / Pro (2024 and later) – Part 1

Go to the  Apple menu and choose “Shut Down” to turn off the Mac

After the Mac is turned off, press and hold the Power button for 10 seconds

Release holding the power button, then wait a few more seconds

Now press the Power button again to turn the Mac on

Check to see if the problem is still occurring on the Mac, sometimes the steps above alone will resolve the issue. If the issue persists, proceed to the next set of steps.

Resetting SMC on MacBook Pro / Air (2024 and later) – Part 2

Go to the  Apple menu and choose “Shut Down” to turn off the Mac

After the Mac is turned off, press and hold the right SHIFT key, and the left OPTION key, and the left CONTROL key, for 7 seconds

While still holding those keys, now press and hold the POWER button for 7 more seconds

Release all of the buttons and keys, then wait a few more seconds

Now press the Power button again to turn the Mac on

Whatever the issue with the System Management Controller was should now be resolved, assuming the problem was with the SMC in the first place anyway.

If after resetting the SMC the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air continues to experience problems, then perhaps the SMC reset failed in which you can simply try the process again, or the problem may not be related to the SMC, or the issue may not be resolvable by a simple SMC reset.

Remember that SMC related issues are almost always related to hardware issues, like blasting runaway fans, or backlit keyboards not working, or USB-C ports not properly charging the Mac, things of that nature, and SMC related difficulties pretty much never pertain to software or system software. Another common troubleshooting trick for managing other curious related issues is to reset the Mac PRAM / NVRAM, a process which is the same on all modern Mac models.

Problems with system software are sometimes resolved by restoring from a prior backup, or by reinstalling MacOS itself, and problems with software is often resolved by updating the software, or deleting it and reinstalling it, or trashing related preferences.

It’s important to note that the above method of resetting the SMC pertains only to T2 equipped portable Macs, like MacBook Air and MacBook Pro from 2023 onward, and not with any other Mac or older Mac model. If you have a different Mac, then you can learn how to reset those other Mac models SMC here.


M1 Ipad Pro Reviews: Stunning Liquid Retina Xdr Display, But Ipados Limitations Persist

Writing for MacStories, Federico Viticci says that the new Liquid Retina XDR display features “fantastic black levels.”

So while, technically speaking, the Liquid Retina XDR’s black color reproduction isn’t “true black”, it gets dramatically close to that goal. I would even say that, because you typically hold an iPad further away from your eyes, ultimately this difference doesn’t matter: to my eyes, it feels like the Liquid Retina XDR supports true black, which has an incredible effect on using apps with true-black dark modes on the new iPad Pro. Contrast between black UI elements and white text is higher than before, and there’s also better separation between black sidebars and other dark gray or dark blue UI elements such as lists and popovers. I never used dark mode extensively on iPad because I preferred the way it looked on the iPhone’s OLED display; I’m going to reconsider now thanks to the Liquid Retina XDR’s fantastic black levels.

Comparing black levels between the old iPad Pro and the new one makes the 2023 model look blissfully ignorant of what the color ‘black’ actually is or what it’s supposed to look like. Check out the photo below, which shows the same black image displayed on a 2023 iPad Pro and the 2023 model at max brightness in a dark room with Night Mode disabled…

MacStories on the white Magic Keyboard:

I find the white Magic Keyboard more elegant and Apple-like than last year’s boring gray cover with black keys. The “Jony Ive look” of this version is lovely, but we’ll have to see how it ages over time. One week wasn’t enough to judge that aspect and, obviously, I’ve been treating this review unit well. It didn’t seem appropriate to throw the Magic Keyboard in a pile of dirt and claim that “I did it for science”.

The thickness difference with the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Credit: MacStories

The Verge says the new Center Stage camera feature is better than competing features on devices like the Facebook Portal:

One new invention I love is the Center Stage feature. It zooms and follows human faces to keep them centered in the frame of the iPad’s wide-angle front facing camera. It works in any video conferencing app without the need for setup and it performs very well, better than similar features on smart displays like the Echo Show or Facebook Portal. 

The Verge also says that it’s easy to miss the benefits of the mini-LED display:

The funny thing about the 12.9-inch iPad is that it is very easy to miss the benefits of Mini LED in normal day-to-day use. At first you don’t see it.

Sure, there’s great contrast when you’re browsing the web, texting, playing games, and so on, but really it’s not very different from any other iPad. Apple still limits the max brightness in most scenarios to 600 nits, which is bright enough but not eye-popping (the iPad and iPad Air max out at 500 nits).

The magic kicks in when you are viewing videos or photos in full-screen. When you do that, the iPad Pro kicks into a different HDR mode (or in Apple’s parlance, XDR, for “Extreme Dynamic Range”) that really is stunning. The overall max brightness of the screen jumps up to a powerful 1,000 nits and peak brightness for certain lighting can hit 1,600 nits.

You don’t see it until you see it — but then you see it.

Gizmodo’s tests indicate that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s battery life takes a hit this year:

I was curious about the new iPad Pro’s battery life, given that miniLEDs are efficient and the M1 had been a boon for battery life on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

But this year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro lasted just 9 hours and 2 minutes, a full hour less than last year’s iPad Pro, on our video rundown test over wifi—and that’s not taking into account the notorious battery drain that is 5G.

Engadget has some details on the M1 chip’s performance, noting that the leap is not as huge as you might expect. Other reviews had similar results.

To try and get a sense of the iPad Pro’s creative chops, I stitched together multiple 4K video clips from old reviews when I had hair in LumaFusion and exported it. The 2023 iPad Pro finished in 14 minutes and 20 seconds. Meanwhile, the new M1 in the 2023 iPad Pro completed the test in… 14 minutes and 12 seconds. Not exactly a huge leap. Then, I tried a similar test in Adobe’s Premiere Rush, but with a twist: Instead of outputting the footage in its native 4K, I exported to 1080p at 30fps. The difference was a little more noticeable this time, but still not dramatic. It took just over six minutes for last year’s iPad Pro, while the new one pulled it off in 5 minutes and 37 seconds. (For what it’s worth, Apple said “the previous iPad Pro was already optimized to encode and decode video in real-time” and that the same is true of the video engine in the M1.)

ZDNet on the added RAM:

As has kind of become a trend with iPad Pro reviews over the years, the consensus among reviewers is that the new M1 iPad Pro is an incredible iPad that is once again held back by iPadOS limitations. Now that the new iPad Pro is in the wild, however, attention can shift to WWDC, which kicks off on June 7. Early rumors are that Apple has a lot in store for iPadOS 15 this year.

Jason Snell at Six Colors wraps things up nicely:

Viewed entirely as a piece of computer hardware, the 2023 iPad Pro is a straight-A product. It’s the best iPad ever made—by a wide margin. It’s just as powerful as the M1 Macs that Apple has been selling since last fall, but offers all the versatility (touch input, pencil input, and optional keyboard/pointer support) that makes the iPad so great.

And yet it all feels incomplete. Processor power, fast storage, copious RAM, and fast networking are all great specs—but they’re valueless unless they can be put to use. I love the iPad, but Apple’s hardware continues to move at a pace that its software can’t keep up with. The iPad Pro is ready. So now what?

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2024 Macbook Air: Everything The Rumors Say We Should Expect

Following the introduction of the all-new MacBook Pro and iMac in 2023, Apple is rumored to be planning a completely revamped version of the MacBook Air for sometime in 2023.

The 2023 MacBook Air could feature a new design, a new M2 processor on the inside, and more. Head below as we round up all of the rumors we’ve heard about the new MacBook Air so far.

2024 MacBook Air Design

Lead concept image created by Parker Ortolani.

Just like the new 24-inch iMac and new MacBook Pros, one of the biggest changes with the 2023 MacBook Air is expected to be its design. Leaker Jon Prosser has said that the new MacBook Air will feature a flat-edged design, which notably would mean the end of the MacBook Air’s iconic tapered body.

Prosser and reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have both reported that the 2023 MacBook Air will come in additional colors, similar to the colors of the 24-inch iMac.

Other design tweaks to look forward to with the new MacBook Air reportedly include a white keyboard for the first time, as well as white bezels around the display. Again, this would be similar to the 24-inch iMac, which also features white bezels.

If all of these rumored changes come to fruition, the new MacBook Air design is likely to be polarizing. As we saw with the 24-inch iMac, not everyone is a fan of different color options and white bezels. We’ll have to wait and see whether Apple makes any tweaks with the design when it comes to the MacBook Air to address those concerns.


The new MacBook Air is expected to be the first Mac powered by Apple’s next-generation M2 chip. Designed for the perfect balance of power and efficiency, the M2 chip will be the direct successor to the M1, but not as powerful at the high-end as the M1 Pro and the M1 Max.

According to a report from Bloomberg earlier this year, the M2 processor will have the same number of computing cores as the M1 but run faster. Additionally, it will have an increased number of graphics cores, with configuration options changing from seven or eight to nine or 10.

Whether or not the M2 chip address some of the limitations of the M1 chip remains to be seen. For instance, the M1 chip is limited to working with a single external display and two Thunderbolt ports. Ideally, the M2 chip will alleviate some of these concerns, but only time will tell.

2024 MacBook Air Display

With the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models released in 2023, Apple expanded its excellent Liquid Retina XDR — or mini-LED — display technology to the Mac for the first time. According to a handful of rumors, the 2023 MacBook Air is also expected to feature this mini-LED panel.

But while the MacBook Air will reportedly feature mini-LED technology, ProMotion is not in the cards. ProMotion is Apple’s variable refresh rate technology used in the iPad Pro, iPhone 13 Pro, and MacBook Pro, allowing the displays to refresh at as high as 120Hz.

Finally, what about the notch? Some leakers have claimed that, just like the new MacBook Pro, the 2023 MacBook Air will also feature a notch cutout. This would allow Apple to shrink the size of the bezels around the display and place the FaceTime camera inside notch. Whether or not Apple moves forward with its plans to add a notch to the MacBook Air remains to be seen.


While the new MacBook Pro marked the return of ports such as the HDMI connector and SD card slot, the 2023 MacBook Air is not expected to get the same treatment. Instead, the new MacBook Air is rumored to have two Thunderbolt ports, with one on either side.

On the bright side, the leaker Dylandkt, who accurately predicted numerous details about the new iMac and MacBook Pro models, has reported that the new MacBook Air will feature MagSafe for charging. Theoretically, this would mean that the new MacBook Air includes two Thunderbolt ports for charging and other needs, as well as MagSafe purely for charging.


Finally, Prosser and other sources have indicated that it’s possible, but not guaranteed, that Apple might ditch the “MacBook Air” branding. Instead, this machine might be referred to as simply the “MacBook.”

Whether or not this pans out remains to be seen. It’s important to keep in mind that Apple’s marketing plans generally stay under wraps until the last minute. Notably, Apple does not currently offer an adjective-less MacBook, as it discontinued the 12-inch MacBook several years ago.

Availability and pricing

So when will you be able to actually buy this new MacBook? According to multiple sources, the new MacBook is slated to be released sometime during mid-2024. This could mean that Apple announces it a special event in March, or that it saves it for WWDC in June.

In terms of pricing, the new MacBook Air will reportedly be “slightly” more expensive than the current MacBook Air, which starts at $999. This is likely due to the added cost of the mini-LED display technology.

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