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Apple's new MacBook Air blew me away with its long battery life and fast performance, but missing features hold it back from its full potential

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  • Apple's M1-powered MacBook Air brings benefits like speedier performance and longer battery life to the company's flagship lightweight laptop.
  • The M1 is Apple's first processor for the Mac, and the new MacBook Air is one of the first devices to run on it.
  • In addition to faster performance and longer battery life, the addition of Apple's chip also means that iPhone and iPad apps can run on the Mac for the first time.
  • But, without a touch screen, it may be hard to experience the benefits of using mobile apps on the desktop. 
  • The MacBook Air also lacks modern Apple features, like Face ID and a nearly borderless screen.
  • Here's what the newest MacBook Air is up against in our guide for the best laptops.

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