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The MacBook Air family is a line of ultraportable Macintosh notebook computers from Apple Inc.

Product history

1st generation

Main article: MacBook Air (1st generation)
MacBook_Air_unveiled_at_Macworld_2008

MacBook Air unveiled at Macworld 2008

The first-generation MacBook Air was a 13.3"-only model, introduced at the Macworld Conference & Expo as the "World's Thinnest Notebook" on January 15, 2008.[1] It featured a custom Intel Merom CPU and Intel GMA graphics.[2] In late 2008, the CPU was updated to a faster, non-custom Penryn CPU and integrated Nvidia GeForce graphics while the hard drive capacity was increased and the Micro-DVI video port was replaced by the Mini DisplayPort. A mid-2009 refresh, introduced alongside the MacBook Pro family,[3] featured a slightly higher-capacity battery, and a faster Penryn CPU.[4]

2nd generation

MacBook Air 11.6" and 13.3"

Main article: MacBook Air (2nd generation)

Front and back of the 2nd generation MacBook Air

On October 20, 2010, Apple released a redesigned 13.3" model, with improved enclosure, screen resolution, battery, and flash storage instead of a hard drive. In addition, a new 11.6" model was introduced, offering reduced cost, weight, battery life, and performance relative to the 13.3" model, but better performance than typical netbooks of the time.[5][6][7]

On July 20, 2011, Apple released an updated model in the same form factor as the prior model. The new model was powered by new dual-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, had a backlit keyboard, Thunderbolt instead of Mini DisplayPort, and Bluetooth was upgraded to v4.0. Maximum flash storage and memory options were almost identical.[8]

3rd generation

Main article: MacBook Air (3rd generation)

In October 30, 2018, Apple released the 3rd-generation MacBook Air, which incorporated a Retina display and USB-C, superseding the Retina MacBook. In March 2020, it was updated with Apple's new Magic Keyboard. On November 10, 2020, Apple introduced the first MacBook Air to incorporate Apple's own M1 processor.[9]

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