Apple Revises 2018 MacBook Air Display Brightness to Up to 400 Nits After macOS 10.14.4 Release

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    As noted on Reddit, Apple has updated its tech specs for the 2018 MacBook Air to indicate that the notebook now has a display brightness of up to 400 nits, compared to up to 300 nits previously.

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    We've confirmed with Apple that this increase is tied to the macOS 10.14.4 software update released on March 25. Apple's release notes did mention that the update "corrects the default screen brightness" for 2018 MacBook Air models, although no specific details were known at the time.

    Prior to macOS 10.14.4, Laptop Mag found that its 2018 MacBook Air review unit maxed out at a brightness of 234 nits, while NotebookCheck determined an average value of 315 nits. It's unclear why there is such a big discrepancy there, but it'll be interesting to see how much the number increases in subsequent testing.

    Battery life stats for the 2018 MacBook Air remain unchanged on Apple's tech specs page.

    (Thanks, Aaron!)

    Article Link: Apple Revises 2018 MacBook Air Display Brightness to Up to 400 Nits After macOS 10.14.4 Release
     
  2. AngerDanger, Apr 16, 2019
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    Not going to be satisfied until the screen can vaporize debris trapped under the keys.

    EDIT: Never mind, the difference is amazing! :eek:

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  4. chillip macrumors 6502a

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    so can they do this the the MacBook as well since that's the same display with 300 nits?
     
  5. johannnn macrumors 65816

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    100% agree!
     
  6. adamw macrumors regular

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    Always good to see more nits added by Apple...
     
  7. alvincth macrumors newbie

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    This has been shown in Hong Kong and Taiwan's versions at least 10 days ago. I used to think it was a typo in those websites...
     
  8. ToneDriver macrumors newbie

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    Now that's innovation
     
  9. igroeg macrumors regular

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    So they can actually tweak that via software. Great! I'll buy the MBA once they include 2 additional CPU cores in a future MacOS update.
     
  10. HiVolt macrumors 6502a

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    Apple overclocked its own display! Stopped innovating my a$$!
     
  11. 12643 macrumors newbie

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    Seems like everybody out there wants two things: brighter displays, and dark mode.
     
  12. vistokid macrumors 6502

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    So wouldn't this affect battery life?
     
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    Agreed:

     
  15. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000

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    I mean really, how much more would it cost to give it a P3 gamut?

    I won't buy an Apple product that includes a display without it (except for the Watch, but who cares about color gamut on an Apple Watch).
     
  16. RightMACatU macrumors 65816

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    Wish I could increase MY brightness level with a simple update :p
     
  17. CE3, Apr 16, 2019
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    Might as well make the MacBook Pros brighter while you’re at it, Apple ;)

    I do love my MBP display, but it could be a little brighter at 100%
     
  18. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly this is a major reason I haven't bought this machine yet (along with skepticism around the keyboard). Can any current users confirm it makes a noticeable difference?
     
  19. dmx macrumors 6502a

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    Put an OLED and a decent keyboard in it, even if the laptop is now .5MM thicker. Anyone who buys a current generation butterfly keyboard will come to regret it.
     
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    Oh and suddenly it’s possible for Apple to deliver better “hardware”.
    They wanted to keep that “feature” for the next gen model, but according to the sales, they had to act
     
  22. vistokid macrumors 6502

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    I totally agree with this. They thought the fact it was a redesign would be enough to keep sales up. Clearly that hasn't happened.
     
  23. Amacfa macrumors 68000

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    Just downloaded 14.4 and it does seem a little brighter. Not a huge amount but enough where before I was like, JUST A LITTLE MORE, and now it's perfect.
     
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    I like the updated keyboard, but I don't eat cookies while typing.
     

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