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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 on 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

Main article: MacBook Air (2nd generation)

MacBook Air 11.6" and 13.3"

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]

The front and the back of a Retina HD MacBook Air

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 2019, Apple introduced the 3rd generation MacBook Air, which incorporated a Retina display and USB-C, superseding the Retina MacBook. In 2020, it was updated again with Apple's new Magic Keyboard.

4th generation

Main article: MacBook Air (4th generation)

Announced on November 10, 2020, the 4th generation MacBook Air incorporated Apple's own Apple M1 processor.[9]


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