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Apple Unveils New MacBook Air Models with M3 Chip, Starting at R20,881

  • Apple introduces new MacBook Air models featuring M3 chip, with 13-inch starting at R20,881 and 15-inch at R24,681.
  • Enhanced features include 18-hour battery life, upgraded webcam, Wi-Fi 6E radios, and support for two external displays.
  • Announcement coincides with EU's €1.84 billion fine on Apple for antitrust violations in the music streaming market.

Apple has announced its latest addition to the MacBook Air lineup, featuring two new models powered by the M3 chip. The 13-inch variant, starting at R20,881, and the 15-inch variant, starting at R24,681, are set to hit the market with upgraded features and capabilities.

Enhanced Features

Both models boast an impressive 18-hour battery life, making them ideal for extended use without the need for frequent charging. The laptops come equipped with a 1080p webcam for improved video conferencing experiences, along with upgraded Wi-Fi 6E radios for faster and more reliable wireless connectivity.

FeatureDescription
Battery LifeUp to 18 hours for extended usage
Webcam1080p resolution for improved video quality
Wi-Fi ConnectivityEnhanced Wi-Fi 6E radios for faster speeds

Powerful Performance

The new MacBook Air models are powered by the M3 chip, which offers an 8-core CPU combined with up to a 10-core GPU. This ensures smooth performance for a wide range of tasks, from everyday productivity to graphic-intensive applications. Additionally, the laptops feature a three-mic array for clearer voice communication during calls.

Availability and Pricing

Preorders for both models are available in the U.S. starting today, with general availability set for March 8. Customers can choose from midnight, starlight, silver, and space gray color options. The 13-inch model starts at R20,881, while the 15-inch model starts at R24,681.

EU Fines Apple for Antitrust Violations

Coinciding with the announcement of the new MacBook Air models, the European Union has fined Apple €1.84 billion for violating antitrust rules in the music streaming market. This hefty fine highlights ongoing scrutiny of tech giants’ business practices and their impact on competition within the digital market.

Apple’s latest MacBook Air offerings aim to provide users with enhanced performance and features, catering to the growing demand for versatile and reliable computing devices. With the inclusion of the M3 chip and other upgraded components, these laptops are positioned to deliver a seamless user experience for both personal and professional use.

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