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2018年视网膜MacBook Air

The elephant in the room at last week’s Apple event was Intel.

Apple推出了基于英特尔芯片的两种产品 - 新型MacBook Air和新Mac Mini - 但几乎没有提到该公司的名字。“英特尔”这个词appeared on a single slideduring VP of hardware engineering Laura Legros’s presentation of the new MacBook Air. She also spoke the word once, saying the new Airs have “the latest Intel integrated graphics”. In the presentation of the new Mac Mini, “Intel” never appeared in a slide and wasn’t mentioned. The CPUs in the new Mini were simply described as 4-core and 6-core“第8代”处理器

One slide, one mention.

Apple is not going to throw Intel under the bus — they’re taking an “如果你没有任何好说,请不要说什么“接近,因为他们应该。MACS是Apple的产品,而不是英特尔,最终苹果公司的责任在更新之间这两个产品都持续了这两种。但苹果对英特尔作为伴侣的挫败感在这一点上是可触及的。看起来没有比同一事件引入的其他产品,新款iPad Pro。Apple花了整个段谈到iPad Pro中的A12X芯片以及它提供的性能。他们几乎没有时间谈论在新的MacBook Air中的CPU或GPU的表现。表现实际上对价格和预期观众来说非常有利于MacBook Air的目标 - 但只有在与其他基于英特尔的笔记本电脑相比时才。与iPad Pro相比,它根本看起来并不擅长。

Single-Core Multi-Core 计算
2018年MacBook Air与视网膜 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

我们在这里看到的是双重鞭子。一方面,Apple的定制硅队在所有气瓶上射击,每年发出新的A系列芯片,具有更令人难以置信的性能和效率。另一方面,英特尔错过了截止日期,他们发货的常常不令人印象深刻。事实上,当苹果花时间花时间吹嘘新的MacBook Air的筹码的表现时,他们正在谈论T2.,Apple设计的“安全芯片”,它不仅仅是管理安全功能的地狱。甚至在他们离开英特尔筹码之前,Apple也吹嘘自己的定制硅的表现,而不是英特尔的表现。

在纽约上周的场景后面,我向Apple问了一些人为任何暗示这两种MAC - MacBook Air和Mac Mini - 在更新之间取得了很长时间。我被告知的一件事是苹果想要专注于“有意义的更新”。“速度凹凸”更新的日子很大程度上结束了。价值不在那里。

新的MacBook Air是一个有意义的更新。它更快,更小,更薄,更轻,带有优异的视网膜显示器(最后),大大改善的扬声器,Apple的太棒力触摸轨帕德等等。如果漫长的等待这个新的MacBook空气出现了祝福,它就是它与第三代Apple的蝴蝶键盘亮相。空气跳过了坏键盘。

iPad阵容已经定期看到了有意义的更新,而不是因为Apple在MacBook上关心iPad的更多信息,而是因为Apple控制了iPad的系统架构,并且他们不会在MacBook上控制它 - 英特尔。Apple销售比Mac更多的iPad单元,但Mac帐户更大的收入增加。Apple应该喜欢Mac,因为这是一个梦幻般的平台 - 但他们也应该爱它,因为它使公司成为很多钱。

与iPhone的A12相比,查看iPad的A12X,您可以看到Apple在iPad的系统架构支付多少关注。没有理由当他们从英特尔转换为自己的芯片设计时,他们不会向Mac的自定义芯片支付。它应该是彻头目光荣的。

But that’s the future. In the present, we’ve got this new MacBook Air, and it’s pretty damn sweet.

概要

新MacBook Air只有一个CPU选项:“1.6GHz双核第8代英特尔核心I5处理器,涡轮增压高达3.6GHz”。没有构建的CPU选项。我可能是错的,但在我的头顶上,我认为这是英特尔时代的Mac笔记本的第一个。MacBook专业人员有一系列不同的CPU选项。令人惊讶的12英寸MacBook,有三个CPU选项。即使是基础型号非视网膜MacBook Air也有两个CPU选项。

Why? I hate picking a CPU. Putting cost aside, I never know what the right balance is between performance and battery life. These are the sort of decisions I want Apple to make. That’s what they do with iPhones and iPads.

When you order a new MacBook Air, the only choices you make (other than color) are how much storage you want and how much RAM (8 or 16 GB). That’s it, and that’s how it should be.

我上周晚些时候,我一直在使用带有8 GB的RAM和256 GB的SSD存储空间灰色模型。我很高兴能够用基础8 GB的RAM测试模型 - 这是大多数人实际购买和使用的配置。我使用了很多RAM,因为我倾向于保留很多应用程序打开和很多标签 - 太多的标签 - 在Safari中。我的个人MacBook是一个13英寸MacBook Pro,2014年,拥有16 GB的RAM。我一直在考虑购买具有32 GB的RAM的新型13英寸MacBook专业人员。(我真的需要经常清理我的野生动物园。)Update:The problem, of course, is that currently only 15-inch MacBook Pros support more than 16 GB of RAM. My desired 13-inch MacBook Pro with 32 GB of RAM doesn’t (yet) exist.

在过去的几天里,我一直在很大程度地使用这个设备 - 同时我可以很多testing the new iPad Pro,至少 - 并且性能很大。系统是swapping, but I honestly don’t notice. SSD performance is that good.

如果您不知道是否需要升级到16 GB的RAM,则您不需要它。我建议基数8 GB配置到任何典型的用户。

即使它不是Apple是最好的,显示器也是优秀的。MacBook Pro显示器提供500nits最大亮度;根据Apple的说法,新的MacBook Air仅提供300个尼特。MacBook专业人员还提供宽的色域(P3),带有触摸杆的型号还提供真正的音调。他们还从1,800美元开始。那些等待视网膜MacBook Air的每个人都应该感到高兴这展示 - 这是剧烈,准确,均衡的,而且较高的效果足够亮。

The form factor is just about perfect. It’s noticeably thinner and lighter than a 13-inch MacBook Pro and noticeably more modern-looking than the old Air. One thing that Apple doesn’t get enough credit for in their latest notebooks is the quality of the display hinge. Metal now, not plastic, these hinges have just the right amount of resistance — they’re easy to open, easy to close, and easy to adjust to the perfect viewing angle. It’s obvious when you look at the industry and see what size notebooks are the most popular, but a 13-inch display really is perfect as the default size for most people.

这些蝴蝶键盘是两极分化的。一些值列表e them, some hate them. I’m in the middle. I like a laptop keyboard with a clickier feel and more travel than these keyboards, but with this third generation, the keys do snap back a bit more than they did in the first two generations. I’ve lost count of the number of people I’ve seen asking for Apple to make a MacBook keyboard触摸ID但是没有触摸杆。好吧,这是。我用触摸ID遇到的唯一问题是我刚刚花了一个新的iPad Pro,带有面部ID,甚至更好。

ESC钥匙完美地工作。

电池寿命一直很出色。Apple的技术规格表明,这款新的MacBook Air应该比任何其他MacBook,Pro获得更好的电池寿命。我相信这个。

这是一个很好的小触摸:入门数据包附带的Apple徽标贴纸与设备颜色匹配。空间灰色macbook空气的空间灰色贴纸。也许这不是新的,但我之前没有注意到它。

现代MacBook和时代的结尾

通过此更新,MacBook Air符合Apple的现代MacBook设计语言:

  • Aluminum color options (space gray, silver, gold)
  • 蝴蝶键盘
  • Large Force Touch trackpads
  • USB-C / Thunderbolt 3个电源和外围设备的端口

关于我想念的旧设计有一些很酷的东西:

  • magsafe。USB-C插头很难拉出。Magsafe更容易连接和断开连接。新苹果铅笔的磁性充电让我想起了很多磁悬浮术。这只是一个如此美好的主意。我也想念Magsafe连接器上的充电指示灯。

  • 背面发光的苹果标志。我很乐意将它交换为更薄的显示器,但我会想念它。这只是Apple的Mac笔记本电脑的一个标志性的方面,回到了PowerBook时代。我注意到了一堆黑白“在Mac后面的”图像苹果在上周在布鲁克林的一部分中显示在MacBook上突出的特色发光苹果商标

  • 新箭头密钥布局。我一般地习惯了这些蝴蝶键盘的感觉,但我无法习惯新的箭头密钥布局。我想要我倒置的t布局。

了解这个新的空气在MacBook阵容中适合的地方

八月后,我写道

但我想的越多,我越是认为沿着“只是在MacBook Air中的视网膜展示”情景似乎最有可能的事情。命名术语无意义。名叫公正的“MacBook”的计算机应逻辑地是群众基线最畅销的模型。命名为“Air”的人应该是那么薄,轻质的那么可行。但是,今天我们已经三年了到了时代,当纯粹的MacBook是完全薄的和光线模型时,空气是最畅销的基线模型,这不是比Pro型号更薄或更轻的基线模型。好吧,所以是什么?We drive on parkways and park on driveways and no one is confused

And so here we are, with a new MacBook Air that really is the MacBook for almost everyone, and a just-plain MacBook that is the MacBook for those willing to pay a premium — both in dollars and performance — for an ultra thin and light form factor.

这些新的MacBook Airs在公平价格上是伟大的电脑。但是苹果的笔记本电脑阵容的整体状态目前有点乱。以下是您的选择如果您希望在Mac笔记本上花费约1,000-1,500美元:

  • The old non-retina MacBook Air, which still starts at $1,000.
  • The new MacBook Air, which starts at $1,200.
  • The 12-inch MacBook, which starts at $1,300.
  • 13英寸MacBook专业人员没有触摸杆 - A.K.A. MacBook Escape - 从1,300美元开始。

The $200 difference between the $1,000 non-retina Air and new $1,200 retina Air is quite possibly the best $200 value you can spend in the Apple Store. The $1,000 MacBook Air is a machine I wouldn’t recommend to anyone; the $1,200 MacBook Air is a machine I’d recommend to anyone who doesn’t need more than 128 GB of storage.

The non-retina MacBook Air has a CPU upgrade for $150, but even with that upgrade it’s still slower than the new MacBook Air. I understand why the $999 Air is still in the lineup — so that Apple can say they have a notebook at $999. I have no idea why the $1,150 configuration of the old Air is still there. It seems like a rotten deal next to the new MacBook Air.

The entry model of the 12-inch MacBook comes with 256 GB of storage. The other entry models — including the MacBook Pro without Touch Bar — come with 128 GB of storage. Upgrading from 128 to 256 GB of storage costs $200 for all of these devices. These prices start to make more sense when you consider that. For 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM:

  • 新MacBook Air:1,400美元
  • 12-inch MacBook: $1,300
  • 13英寸MacBook Pro:$ 1,500

The 12-inch MacBook is for people who want the very thinnest and lightest MacBook they can get. It weighs 3/4 of a pound less than the new MacBook Air, which is significant.

尽管如此,它还不清楚MacBook Pro的MacBook Pro的所有人都是为了今天。原则上,这是一个想要比MacBook Air提供更高性能的人。在实践中,it’s not much faster— about the same in single-core, and about 15 percent faster in multi-core. It weighs more, costs more, and yet doesn’t have Touch ID.

Both the 12-inch MacBook and the MacBook Pro without Touch Bar are overdue for updates. (Have I mentioned that Intel has been dropping the ball lately?) Presumably, updates are coming, and when they arrive, these prices should all make more sense value-wise. But right now, the new MacBook Air is the only consumer MacBook that looks like a good deal.

很多人都在看阵容,因为它立即思考他们必须遗漏一些东西,因为它似乎很明显,大多数人在这个价格范围内寻找MacBook应该购买新的MacBook空气。他们没有错过任何东西。新的空气正是这样的:MacBook大多数人应该买,并且究竟每个人都会要求Apple制作。