Following the macOS 10.14.4 update that was released to the public at the end of March, users have noticed a change in brightness for the 2018 MacBook Air. Up until now, the maximum brightness for this model was 300 nits. Thanks to the new OS update, MacBook Air devices will now have 400 nits screens.
For those of you who are not tech-savvy, a ‘nit‘ is the unit of luminance, that can be seen on specifications lists for monitors.
In comparison, the 2018 MacBook Pro laptops have 500 nits displays, while the latest iPad Pro tablets offer 600 nits. 1st place goes to last year’s iPhones with the whooping 625 nit screens.
There’s been no announcement from Apple that’s addressing this matter, so we can’t only speculate what made them suddenly correct the MacBook Air’s brightness. The only official information can be found in the release notes for the macOS 10.14.4 version, which:
“Corrects the default screen brightness for the MacBook Air introduced in 2018.”
So, next time you think your eyes are playing a trick on you, that’s not the case. Your MacBook Air just got a brightness update, giving you 33% more light than before.