The Apple MacBook Air is the company’s most portable, cheapest, and thinnest and lightest laptop option. If you are in the market for a sturdy and dependable everyday laptop, our number one choice is always the MacBook Air. And when Apple debuted the 2020 MacBook Air with its first-generation M1 system-on-chip, the performance was just as amazing as its design for a price of $999. The MacBook Air was designed by Apple.
Apple revealed its second-generation M2 system-on-chip (SoC) and a redesigned MacBook Air that incorporates the new processor on the first day of its developer conference WWDC 2022, which was held on Monday (as well as an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro). The M2-based Air looks better in every way, but it also costs more, with a starting price of $1,199. If you want it, though, you can have it.
The blockier slab design of the MacBook Air M2 is more reminiscent of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops that are released in the latter half of 2021 than the tapered wedge appearance of the older models introduced in 2020 and earlier. The 2022 Air did not get all of the additional ports that came standard on the 2021 Pro versions, including the following: There is no slot for SD cards, there is no HDMI output for connecting an external display, and there are just two Thunderbolt USB-C connections available. The upgraded Air, on the other hand, is equipped with a MagSafe charging port.
The new MacBook Air M2 features a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display and comes in four different colours: silver, space grey, starlight, and midnight. Additionally, the MacBook Air M2 does not have a fan in its body. The laptop has a thickness of about 11.3 millimetres and weighs only 2.7 pounds (1.2 kilogrammes), making it slightly more portable than the M1 model.
If the quality of your video calls is important to you, which is probably the case for everyone at this point, getting the M2-based Air model will get you a webcam with a higher resolution (1080p) as well as three microphones and a four-speaker sound system. If you want to make a video call, this is the model to get.
It should come as no surprise that the performance of the MacBook Air M2 is anticipated to be improved. According to Apple, the performance of Final Cut Pro is approximately 40 percent faster than it was on the M1 Air, and Photoshop is up to 20 percent faster. Both of these improvements were made possible by the new M2 CPU. Battery life is up to 18 hours of video playback, and it can charge up to 50 percent with an optional 67-watt power adapter in just 30 minutes.
Having said all of that, though, there are a lot of folks who don’t need all of those amenities, certainly not at a cost of $200. The good news is that Apple will continue to offer the M1-powered MacBook Air in their product portfolio at the same entry-level pricing of $1,000. Even if the new model seems like it’s going to be amazing, the Air M1 should still give outstanding performance for everyday use for years to come. This is especially essential if you’re looking for a more cost-effective solution to get you through high school or college.