Daring Fireball: The 2018 Retina MacBook Air


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The elephant in the room at last week’s Apple event was Intel. Apple introduced two products based on Intel chips — the new MacBook Air and new Mac Mini — but…
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6 days ago by mikeysmith
Apple is not going to throw Intel under the bus — they’re taking an “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” approach, as they should. Macs are Apple’s products, not Intel’s, and it’s ultimately Apple’s responsibility that both of these products went so long between updates. But Apple’s frustration with Intel as a partner is palpable at this point. Look no further than the other product introduced at the same event, the new iPad Pro. Apple spent an entire segment talking about the A12X chip in the iPad Pro and the performance it delivers. They spent almost no time talking about the performance of the CPU or GPU in the new MacBook Air. Performance is actually pretty good for the price and for the intended audience of the MacBook Air — but only when compared against other Intel-based notebooks. When compared against the iPad Pro, it doesn’t look good at all.

SINGLE-CORE MULTI-CORE COMPUTE
2018 MacBook Air With Retina 4,316 7,847 22,048
$999 Old MacBook Air 3,335 6,118 14,570
2018 iPad Pro 5,007 18,051 42,574
iPhone XS 4,851 10,534 21,869
15" MacBook Pro w/ 2.9 GHz Core i9 5,653 21,737 59,010

What we’re seeing here is a double whammy. On the one side, Apple’s custom silicon team is firing on all cylinders, delivering new A-series chips year after year with ever-more-incredible performance and efficiency. On the other side, Intel has missed deadlines, and what they have shipped often isn’t impressive. In fact, when Apple did spend time bragging about the performance of the new MacBook Air’s chips, they were talking about the T2, the Apple-designed “security chip” that does a hell of a lot more than just manage security features. Even before they’ve moved away from Intel chips, Apple is boasting about the performance of their own custom silicon, not Intel’s.
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8 weeks ago by some_hren
The elephant in the room at last week’s Apple event was Intel. Apple introduced two products based on Intel chips — the new MacBook Air and new Mac Mini — but…
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9 weeks ago by photomernik
The elephant in the room at last week’s Apple event was Intel. Apple introduced two products based on Intel chips — the new MacBook Air and new Mac Mini — but barely mentioned the company’s name. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago by driptray
The elephant in the room at last week’s Apple event was Intel. Apple introduced two products based on Intel chips — the new MacBook Air and new Mac Mini — but barely mentioned the company’s name. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago by keithprime
Apple introduced two products based on Intel chips — the new MacBook Air and new Mac Mini — but barely mentioned the company’s name. The word “Intel” appeared on a single slide during VP of hardware engineering Laura Legros’s presentation of the new MacBook Air. If there’s a blessing in the long wait for this new MacBook Air to appear, it’s that it debuts with the third-generation of Apple’s butterfly keyboard. There’s no reason they won’t pay as much or more attention to the Mac’s custom silicon when they switch from Intel to their own chip designs. Aluminum color options (space gray, silver, gold) Butterfly keyboards Large Force Touch trackpads USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports for power and peripherals
9 weeks ago by sechilds
The elephant in the room at last week’s Apple event was Intel. Apple introduced two products based on Intel chips — the new MacBook Air and new Mac Mini — but…
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10 weeks ago by lauritz
The elephant in the room at last week’s Apple event was Intel
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10 weeks ago by edan
The elephant in the room at last week’s Apple event was Intel. Apple introduced two products based on Intel chips — the new MacBook Air and new Mac Mini — but…
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10 weeks ago by yorlt
Just possibly the 2013 MacBook Pro wasn't my last Mac after all ....
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10 weeks ago by fotoalan
The elephant in the room at last week’s Apple event was Intel. Apple introduced two products based on Intel chips — the new MacBook Air and new Mac Mini — but…
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10 weeks ago by albinadev
★ The 2018 Retina MacBook Air
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10 weeks ago by nick58b
★ The 2018 Retina MacBook Air
10 weeks ago by nimprojects
The elephant in the room at last week’s Apple event was Intel. Apple introduced two products based on Intel chips — the new MacBook Air and new Mac Mini — but…
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10 weeks ago by breau
The elephant in the room at last week’s Apple event was Intel. Apple introduced two products based on Intel chips — the new MacBook Air and new Mac Mini — but barely mentioned the company’s name. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago by domingogallardo
“The Esc key works perfectly.”
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10 weeks ago by theory
Pro single core only 15% faster. 8 GB 256. Prices going up everywhere.
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10 weeks ago by jgordon
★ The 2018 Retina MacBook Air: https://t.co/eGCTTTSe6v

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10 weeks ago by ediventurin
The elephant in the room at last week’s Apple event was Intel. Apple introduced two products based on Intel chips — the new MacBook Air and new Mac Mini — but…
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10 weeks ago by scottsin
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10 weeks ago by girma