MacBook Air 2019: SSD is slower. But it doesn’t matter.
Updated with a True Tone display, MacBook Air 2019 has become a bit cheaper – and the SSD slower. But that shouldn’t matter to you.
It’s clear, of course, that Apple will have to save somewhere if the price is to be reduced. This happened at the speed of the SSD. As measured, the read/write rates of the SSD in the new model reach write and read speeds of 1 GB/s and 1.3 GB/s. The older machine reached 920 MB/s and 2 GB/s.
This sounds a lot now, of course, but in everyday life it should only be noticeable if you often move huge amounts of data at a time – and who would do that with a MacBook Air? The structural advantage of SSDs lies elsewhere: in the strong acceleration with random accesses. So when you start macOS or open a program, many small files are requested in parallel. And an SSD can handle this very well. That’s why even old Macs that are equipped with an SSD feel like new – regardless of the sequential reading speed.
Of course, the SSD retains this feature, even if the maximum reading speed is now slightly lower. The random accesses, which are essential for everyday life, remain fast. And only this should interest you – and of course the lower price.