Apple surprised mainstream WWDC viewers with the release of a new, completely redesigned MacBook Air. The MacBook Air, Apple’s most popular laptop, last received a major physical makeover in 2018. The new MacBook Air borrows design cues from both Apple’s latest iMac line and the new MacBook Pros released in late 2021. Apple’s first second-generation Silicon processor – M2 System on Chip.
The new MacBook Air has thinner bezels around the display (albeit with a notch) and eschews the tapered chassis of earlier models in favor of a consistent thickness base more similar to those found on the new 2021 MacBook Pro. Despite the loss of taper, the 13-inch laptop is thinner (at its thickest point) and lighter than the previous version. It weighs 2.7 pounds in total, which is significantly lighter than the 14-inch MacBook Pro. It is only 11.3 mm (0.5 in) thick and is now available in champagne as well as a very deep blue called “midnight”.
With the M2 on board, the computer boasts significantly improved performance over the M1 generation, as well as increased energy efficiency.
MagSafe is enabled for charging as standard on the new MacBook Pros, and it’s 25% brighter than the last generation. The display is also slightly larger diagonally at 13.6 inches. The front webcam is a 1080p version that should be on par with the new one introduced with the MacBook Pro. The speaker system is integrated into the cabinet and offers Spatial Audio support.
Apple says that for image editing, it offers a 20% improvement over the M1 version, and for video editing, people can expect a 40% increase. Battery life remains very high, rated for 18 hours of video viewing. A new dual-port USB-C charger is also available, and the MacBook Air now supports fast charging, offering a 50% charge in 30 minutes of connection.
The new MacBook Air starts at $1,199 and will be available next month.
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