After weeks of rumors, Apple announced the latest entries in its MacBook lineup today: 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air models, both powered by the M3 chipset. As expected, the addition of the M3 is the biggest change for these notebooks, bringing them in line with the latest MacBook Pros and 24-inch iMacs, which were updated in late 2023 to run the latest apple silicon. You can order both new MacBook Air laptops today from Apple’s website for $1,099 and they will be available in stores on March 8. With these new machines, Apple removed M1 Air power supplies from its online store, and the MacBook Air M2 starting price dropped to $999.

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The 13-inch and 15-inch Apple MacBook Air with M3 laptops are available to order now from Apple’s website, starting at $1,099.

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Apple says the M3 MacBook Air will be up to 60 percent faster than the M1 laptop and up to 13 times faster than the old Airs running on Intel chips. Speed ​​and efficiency are the big takeaways here, because otherwise the MacBook Air’s specs haven’t changed much. The new 13-inch and 15-inch notebooks have octa-core processors and support up to 10-core GPUs, along with up to 24GB of RAM and up to 2TB of internal storage. It should be noted that the base 13-inch MacBook Air M3 has the same entry-level specs as the M2 model that came before it: 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The display specifications also remain the same: both new models include a Liquid Retina panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1664 and up to 500 nits of brightness.

The only other notable additions to the M3-powered MacBook Air are added support for Wi-Fi 6E (the M2 Air only supports standard Wi-Fi 6) and up to two external displays. The latter should be especially useful for multitaskers and anyone who uses the new Air as a daily driver and wants to use more than one external display in their desk setup.

Color options are also carried over from the M2 version: the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air with the M3 are available in midnight, space gray, starlight and silver. While Apple now appears to be billing the M2 Air as its “budget” option in the lineup, the M1 machine remains on sale (for now) at other retailers like Amazon, where you can pick it up for a price of $750.