The MacBook Air lineup was recently refreshed by Apple, featuring a new scissor switch Magic Keyboard and faster 10th-generation Core processor options. These include the likes of a 1.1GHz dual-core Core i3, 1.1GHz quad-core Core i5, and 1.2GHz quad-core Core i7.
While this of course means that customers can expect performance boosts, we’re just recently learning how much of a boost we can expect. Jason Snell of Six Colors received a mid-rang MacBook Air with a 1.1GHz qaud-core Core i5 processor for testing purposes. In his first impressions article he shared GeekBench 5 benchmark results for it, revealing a single-core score of 1,047 and multi-core score of 2,658.
MacRumors then took those results and averaged them with ten other GeekBench 5 results, which gave them a single-core score of 1,072 and a multi-core score of 2,714. This means that the 2020 MacBook Air with a 1.1GHz quad-core Core i5 processor is up to 76 percent faster than the 2018-2019 MacBook Air. This is a big performance boost that should help those who are on the fence make a more informed purchasing decision.
It’s worth noting that the cheapest of the 3 models doesn’t have firm numbers on its performance yet, but early numbers suggest a performance boost of just 10% compared to the 2018-2019 MacBook Air. Knowing this, it’s highly recommended that those considering getting the new device spend the extra $100 for the one with the 1.1GHz quad-core Core i5 processor. If you’re already willing to spend a grand on a laptop, you might as well spend a little more to get a big boost in performance.