Even though Apple’s WWDC isn’t known for a slew of hardware announcements, a revamped MacBook Air was unveiled at the keynote. The new 2022 MacBook Air is built on the more powerful M2 chip, and it features a form that is more squared-off than the typical wedge shape, similar to the 14-inch MacBook Pro. MagSafe charging, two Thunderbolt USB 4 ports, and a headphone jack are all included.
It measures 11 mm thick and weighs 2.7 pounds. Silver, space grey, and new “starlight” gold and “midnight” blue hues will be offered. Each model comes with a braided MagSafe cable that matches the colour, which is a lovely touch.
Starting at $1,199, this revamped MacBook Air will be available in July. The product website is up and running, but Apple is not presently taking orders. The entry-level MacBook Air comprises the M2 chip, an eight-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. The $1,499 model offers a 10-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage if you need more power, storage, or RAM. Up to 24GB of RAM and 2TB of storage can be accommodated in each configuration. The Air, which is based on the M1, will remain available for $999.
The 2022 MacBook Air has a bigger 13.6-inch display with a resolution of 2560×1664 and thinner bezels around it. It boasts a max brightness of 500 nits, according to Apple. It has a quiet, fan-less design, which is noteworthy given the performance enhancements claimed by Apple from the M2. Apple claims it’s 40% quicker than the previous generation, although that gain is likely to vary depending on the app.
Some of the minor but significant changes include a 1080p FaceTime HD webcam, new microphones, and speakers that support Dolby Atmos. Much like the previous generation, the new 2022 MacBook Air includes a Touch ID on the keyboard.
The base model of the all-new MacBook Air will come with a 30W charger, but Apple is also providing a new $59 67W power converter that will charge it to 80% in only 20 minutes. Instead, the $1,499 model comes with a 35W dual-port USB-C power converter. It does, however, offer this adaptor separately for $59.