MacBook Air (M1, 2020) vs. MacBook 12” 2017 - Detailed Specs Comparison
Here is a side by side comparison between MacBook Air (M1, 2020) and MacBook 12” 2017 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.
The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) features the 10W Apple M-Series ARM 64-bit 8-core Apple M1 (7 GPU Cores) up to 8-core Apple M1 with a clock speed of 3.20 GHz. While the MacBook 12” 2017 features the 4.5W 6th Generation Intel Skylake dual-core Intel Core m3-7Y32 up to dual-core Intel Core i7-7Y75 with the boost speed up to 3.60 GHz.
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MacBook Air (M1, 2020) vs. MacBook 12” 2017: Specs Comparison
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MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
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Better PerformanceWith the new Apple M1 Chip, it now 3x times faster in exporting a project in iMovie, 5x times faster applying 3D effects in Final Cut Pro, editing multiple streams 4K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro with no frame drop, 2x times faster in exporting photos in Lightroom, and more.
Better Battery LifeIt's a MacBook Air with the longest battery life ever made, with up to 18-hours of watching movies and 15 hours of web browsing.
Better FaceTime HD cameraWith the latest Apple Image Single Processor (ISP) in the M1 chip, image quality is better in noise reduction, greater dynamic range, and improved auto white balance.
Better DisplayIt now supports P3 wide color with 400-nits of display brightness.
|Availability||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook 12” 2017|
|Release Info||Announced on November 10th, 2020|
|Display||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook 12” 2017|
|Size||13.3 Inches||12 Inches|
|Exterior||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook 12” 2017|
|Dimensions||11.04” x 7.74” x 0.14 - 0.52” (280.5 mm x 196.5 mm x 3.5 - 13.1 mm)|
|Weight||Starting at 2.8 pounds (1.29 kg)||Starting at 2.03 pounds (920 g)|
SilverSpace GrayGoldRose Gold
|Keyboard and Trackpad||Backlit Magic Keyboard with:
||Full-size backlit keyboard with:
|Ports||Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 (USB‑C) ports with support for:
||One USB Type-C port with support for:
|Internal Specs||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook 12” 2017|
8GBConfigurable to 16GB 1866 MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
256GB512GBPCIe-based onboard SSD.
|Connectivity||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook 12” 2017|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology||Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology|
|Battery||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook 12” 2017|
|Size||49.9 Wh lithium‑polymer battery||41.4 Wh lithium‑polymer battery|
|Power Supply||30W USB‑C Power Adapter||29W USB-C Power Adapter|
|Software||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook 12” 2017|
|OS||Shipped with macOS Big Sur||Shipped with macOS High Sierra|
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|Camera & Audio||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook 12” 2017|
|Camera||720p FaceTime HD camera||480p FaceTime HD camera|
|Misc||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook 12” 2017|
|In the box|
|Warranty||Your MacBook Air comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.||Limited Warranty and Service Your MacBook comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple Support or call 800-823-2275.|
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