M3 MacBook Air's stealth upgrade

Apple fixes one of the M2 MacBook Air's biggest problems.

As if the new M3 MacBook Airs weren’t tempting enough — svelte, modern design; non-crappy keyboard; less-fingerprinty treatment for the space black case — we have now discovered that inside, Apple fixed a big problem with the previous-generation laptop.

The base M2 MacBook Air came with just a single SSD chip on its motherboard, which severely hampered performance. It was enough that some YouTube reviewers strongly recommended consumers stay away from the machine.

But happily, the latest M3 MacBook Airs have been fixed. Here’s how.

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