Our First Peek at New MacBook Air Performance Isn’t Pretty

Posted on November 2, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Mac and macOS with 38 Comments

The biggest question swirling around the new MacBook Air is how Apple’s use of a middling Y-series Intel processor will impact performance. Well, now we have our an idea of that performance based on benchmarks. And it’s not great.

According to Geekbench, the 2018 MacBook Air scores 4248 in the single-core test and 7828 in the multi-core test. (That’s for a system with 16 GB of RAM, however, and that may skew the results upward.)

According to 9to5Mac, those scores are roughly on par with the previous-generation MacBook Air, which utilizes a four-year-old Core Core i5 processor. That Mac scores at about 4200 in single-core testing and 7800 in multi-core testing. And the new Air is about 20 percent better in single-core and 17 percent better in multi-core when compared to a MacBook, which also uses a Y-series processor.

Compare these to the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro: This powerhouse hits 4504 in single-core and an incredible 6464 in multi-score testing. That’s more than double the score posted by the Air.

Granted, we’ll need to see what this thing is like in real life, and I’ve never really been disappointed in the performance of my early 2014 MacBook Air, which uses an even older Core i5 processor. So it’s possible that the new Air will work fine with what Apple calls “everyday tasks.”

It’s also possible we’ve been Apple Jacked. Again.


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