Apple MacBook Air 13.3 inch 256GB - Gold

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Apple’s thinnest, lightest notebook is packed with features and is accessible straight out of the box. Faster and more powerful, with the longest battery life ever in a MacBook Air, it’s ready to help you work, rest and play.

MacBook Air has a brilliant 13.3 inch, 2560 × 1600-resolution Retina display which means text is sharp and clear and colours are more vibrant than ever. True Tone technology means the MacBook Air automatically adjusts the white point of your display to the colour temperature of your environment for a more natural viewing experience.

The 2020 MacBook Air has been completely transformed by Apple’s M1 chip – it’s the fastest CPU Apple has ever made, which means MacBook Air can take on new extraordinarily intensive tasks like professional-quality editing and action-packed gaming. The CPU on M1 isn’t just up to 3.5× faster than the previous generation – it balances high-performance cores with efficiency cores that can still speed through everyday jobs while using just a tenth of the power.

The machine learning (ML) technologies in the M1 chip allow apps to do a lot more, like identifying friends and families in photos and videos, interpreting language for dictation, and automatically retouching photos like a pro.

As well as running powerful apps built for M1, all your existing apps will 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.

The image signal processor in the M1 chip and the HD camera help you look your best for every FaceTime call and video conference. Three built in microphones make sure what you say gets heard whether you’re on a call, dictating a note or asking Siri about the weather.

The Force Touch trackpad gives you precise control with plenty of room to swipe, pinch or zoom.

Available in three colours – gold, silver, space grey; select your colour from the drop-down menu below before adding to the basket. You are currently viewing the listing for the gold MacBook Air 256GB.  

Quick look

  • 13.3 inch, 2560 × 1600-resolution Retina display.
  • Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay.
  • USB-C charger cable with power adaptor.
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera.
  • Up to 15 hours battery life for wireless web and up to 18 hours for Apple TV app playback.
  • Backlit keys with ambient light sensor.
  • macOS Big Sur with M1 chip and 16-core Neural Engine.

Dimensions

  • Size (H W D): 0.41 to 1.61 × 30.41 × 21.24 cm (0.16 to 0.63 × 11.97 × 8.36 inches).
  • Weight: 1.29kg (2.8lbs).
  • 8GB unified memory.
  • Storage: 256GB SSD.

Touch ID

Thanks to Touch ID, your MacBook Air can be locked or unlocked with one touch. You can also use your fingerprint to rent a movie, buy an app, or access things like secure documents or system settings without having to re-enter your password. And when you shop online with Apple Pay, Touch ID fills in your shipping and billing information without sharing your card details.

Accessibility

Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of their new MacBook Air. With built-in support for vision, hearing, mobility and learning, you can create and do amazing things.

Features include: Voice Control, VoiceOver, Zoom, Increase Contrast, Reduce Motion, Siri and Dictation, Switch Control, Closed Captions, Text to Speech.

Built-in apps

Photos; iMovie; GarageBand; Pages; Numbers; Keynote; Siri; Safari; Mail; FaceTime; Messages; Maps; News; Stocks; Home; Voice Memos; Notes; Calendar; Contacts; Reminders; Photo Booth; Preview; Books; App Store; Time Machine; TV; Music; Podcasts; Find My; QuickTime Player.

Battery and expansion

MacBook Air has up to 18 hours’ battery life and uses an aluminium heat spreader instead of a fan to dissipate the heat the system generates for silent running.

  • Up to 15 hours wireless web.
  • Up to 18 hours Apple TV app movie playback.
  • Built-in 49.9 watt hour lithium polymer battery.
  • 30W USB C power adaptor.
  • 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 Track¬pad

MacBook Air 2020’s keyboard uses a refined scissor mechanism to deliver the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook. It also has new pre-programmed shortcuts, and useful features are even easier to access. Get help from Siri, switch keyboard languages, respond with the perfect emoji, find documents with Spotlight – with just a tap. The backlit keys with ambient light sensor also help you type in low light settings.

  • Backlit Magic Keyboard includes 12 function keys and four arrow keys in an inverted “T” arrangement.
  • 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.

macOS Big Sur

MacBook Air runs macOS Big Sur, Apple’s most powerful software ever. As well as updates for apps and a beautiful new design, macOS Big Sur provides industry-leading privacy features and best in class security.  The M1 chip and macOS Big Sur work together to make the entire system snappier. MacBook Air 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.

M1 chip

The first chip designed specifically for Mac, the M1 is 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 for incredible performance, custom technologies and industry-leading power efficiency.

CPU speeds are up to 3.5× faster; GPU speeds are up to 5× faster.

The M1 chip also brings 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.

Wireless

The MacBook Air connects wirelessly using Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 technology. It also has two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports – Thunderbolt enables data transfer (up to 40GB/s), charging and video output all through a single port.

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

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 adaptors (not included).

Audio

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

Operating Requirements

  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC.
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz.
  • Operating temperature: 10C to 35C (50F to 95F).
  • Storage temperature: −25C to 45C (−13F to 113F).
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% non-condensing.
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 3,000 metres (10,000 feet).
  • Maximum storage altitude: 4,500 metres (15,000 feet).
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 10,500 metres (35,000 feet).

Display and supported scaled resolutions

  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology.
  • 2560 × 1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colours.
  • 1680 × 1050; 1440 × 900; 1024 × 640.
  • 400 nits brightness.
  • Wide colour (P3).
  • True Tone technology.
  • Touch ID sensor
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • Operating system: macOS Big Sur
  • 256GB: Apple M1 chip.
  • 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores.
  • 7-core GPU.
  • 16-core Neural Engine.

MacBook Air and the environment

Apple take responsibility for the environmental footprint of their products throughout their life cycle. MacBook Air is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact.

  • Made with better materials: 100% recycled aluminium in the enclosure, 100% recycled tin in the solder of the main logic board, 35% or more recycled plastic in multiple components.
  • Energy efficient: ENERGY STAR® certified.
  • Smarter chemistry: arsenic-free display glass, Mercury-free, BFR-, PVC- and beryllium-free
  • Green manufacturing: Apple’s Zero Waste Programme helps suppliers eliminate waste sent to landfill. All final assembly supplier sites are transitioning to 100% renewable energy for Apple production
  • Responsible packaging: 100% of virgin wood fibre comes from responsibly managed forests. Recyclable, majority-fibre packaging.

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In the box

  • MacBook Air 13.3 inch 256GB - Gold
  • 30W USB C Power Adaptor.
  • USB C Charge Cable (two metres).

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Important – warranty and returns

  • Three-year warranty.
  • You must notify us within 14 days of receipt if you wish to return the unopened MacBook as unsuitable.
  • This product is non-returnable, unless faulty, once the seal has been broken/removed on the Apple packaging.  

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  • Colour option Gold

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