WWDC 2022

The M2 MacBook Air modernizes Apple’s most popular laptop

Apple is bringing its iconic lightweight laptop into 2022 with a new look and even better performance.

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Apple announced a completely redesigned version of the MacBook Air at WWDC 2022 — a reimagining of what remains one of the company’s most popular laptops.

Almost everything is different in one way or another, but here are the changes that stand out most.

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Finally, the M2 chip

With M2, the MacBook Air has faster performance and efficiency cores and up to a 10-core GPU with 25 percent higher graphics performance than the M1.

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Say goodbye to the great starting price

Apple is keeping the M1 MacBook Air around at $999, but if you want the newest designs or chips, you’re going to have to pay more now.

$1,199

The cost of the new MacBook Air.

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Blue! Sort of!

Contrary to early reports, the new MacBook Air only comes in one new color: “Midnight.” That brings your options to starlight (gold), silver, space grey, and midnight.

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MagSafe is back... again

Though other than that, the port selectional remains very limited; no SD card readers to be found here.

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New case

The new Air is squared off like the new MacBook Pros (but far thinner), with two USB-C Thunderbolt ports, and a headphone jack. There’s also a notch.

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MacBook Air Specs:

  • 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display (500 nits of brightness)
  • M2 chip
  • Up to 24GB of RAM
  • Up to a 2TB SSD storage
  • 18 hours of video playback (fast charge supported)
  • 1080p webcam (with a notch)
  • Space grey, starlight, silver, and midnight
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The new MacBook Air will be available to order in July starting at $1,199

Apple didn’t provide a more specific release date beyond that.

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