New official MacBook Air, changes inside and out: revolutionized design and M2

After years of indiscretions, hypotheses and rumors, the time has come: Apple just unveiled the new MacBook Air during WWDC 2022. A destiny, that of the Cupertino laptop, which is closely linked with that of the revolution introduced in 2020 with Apple Silicon. At the time, the 13-inch MacBook Air was the first to adopt the new chip along with the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac Mini. A big change under the body even if the design – still current, but impoverished by those anachronistic frames – had remained unchanged.

And now, with the announcement of the new M2 chip, the moment of the expected restyling also arrives: MacBook Air, which will be the first laptop of the bitten apple to mount its own M2, this time changes inside and out.

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR



The new MacBook Air, as expected, at the design level speaks the same language as the latest generation of MacBook Pro, which in turn with the flat edges has been aligned with the aesthetics of the most recent generations of iPad and iPhone. Goodbye, therefore, also to the characteristic tapered profile, which tapered in the lower part of the device, to leave space instead for a symmetrical and more squared edge.


The bezels around the display have finally been optimized (even if they are not very thin anyway: the screen is reminiscent of an iPad) compared to the previous version, and this is enough to give the computer a more modern look when open.

Moreover, the diagonal of the Liquid Retian panel, which goes from 13.3 to 13.6 in although the device retains a smaller footprint than the old Air – Apple speaks of one of one volume reduction of 20% – with a thickness of 11.3 mm and a weight of 1.24 kg.


The decision – widely anticipated by the rumors that emerged in the last year – to bring the MacBook Air to MacBook Air will be discussed. notch seen on the latest MacBook Pros hosting the 1080p FaceTime HD camera (a sort of paradox, given that on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max the infamous notch should instead disappear after a long time).


To close the design chapter, i four colors with which MacBook Air will be available, of which two never seen before: we’re talking about options “midnight“(a beautiful dark blue) and”galaxy“(gold but not rose gold) that go alongside the already known “silver” it’s grey sidereal“.


M2: AS BEFORE, MORE THAN BEFORE

But we must not be distracted by the design, because the new MacBook Air also changes inside by introducing the M2 chip as mentioned at the beginning. Apple has developed a solution that starting from the same foundations as the M1, it succeeds in obtaining even higher performances. There are two options: both have a new generation 8-core CPU with optimized core performance and efficiency cores, but the more performing one offers a 10-core GPU instead of 8.

Compared to the previous generation, the M2 takes another leap forward by offering 100GBps of unified memory bandwidth and supporting up to 24GB of fast unified memory to easily handle even heavier and more complex workloads. This translates into a speed that Apple indicates up to 1.4 times higher than M1 (and a good 15 times compared to Intel models) and in aautonomy which can even touch the 18 hours. If you want to further explore the technical details of M2, however, there is our dedicated article.

For the rest, just like its predecessor, the new MacBook Air M2 is also completely silent thanks to a fanless design, therefore without active heat dissipation via fans.


In terms of hardware configurationyou can indulge yourself and choose 16 or 24 GB of RAM (instead of the basic 8 GB) by adding respectively 230 or 460 euros, while as regards the storage space on the unit SSD the gap is very wide: by default there are 256 GB, but you can choose to expand them to 512 (+230 euro), 1 TB (+460 euro) and 2 TB (+920 euros). On the Apple store, however, you can already have fun composing lethal combinations for the wallet.

THE MAGSAFE IS BACK AND APPLE RAISES THE VOLUME



Always in the wake of what has been seen on the latest MacBook Pro, the connector is also making its return on the new MacBook Air MagSafe, a feature that belonged to Apple laptops of the past and was later removed in favor of the simple USB-C port. So do not worry: if you stumble on the charging cable, your shiny MacBook Air will remain on the table because thanks to the magnetic coupling of the MagSafe the wire will come off without taking the computer with you. The connectivity profile is completed with the 3.5mm audio jack on the right side of the laptop and two USB-C ports on the left one, right next to the MagSafe.


A point historically in favor of the Cupertino laptops, together with the trackpad, which also in this case is large and includes the Force Touch, has always been the audio output and input. MacBook Air is ready to pick up and revive this tradition with a system made of four speakers which have been positioned between the keyboard and the display to adapt to the slim design (therefore the side grilles disappear) capable of producing an enveloping sound with Spatial Audio, and three microphones in array that assisted by advanced beamforming algorithms are able to capture clear, high-quality audio.

PRICES AND AVAILABILITY

Prices for the new MacBook Air with M2 will start at $ 1,119 for the US market, while in Italy for the basic configuration with 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and 8-core GPU 1,529 euros (which become 1,414 euros for the Education sector), while the version with 512 GB SSD and 10-core GPU costs 1,879 euros .

As for the availability Apple has not yet provided precise indications, but in the official press release we read that “deliveries will begin on next month“: in the evening, therefore, all the details on the opening of pre-orders and the various hardware configurations available should emerge – and we will obviously update the article accordingly to integrate them.

On the sidelines, it should be noted that the MacBook Air with M1 launched in 2020 will still remain on the list with a starting price of 1,229 euros in Italy (999 dollars in the USA).


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

MacBook Air M2 from 1,529 euros

  • 8-core CPU
  • 8-core GPU
  • 8GB of unified memory
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 16 ‑ core Neural Engine
  • 13.6 “Liquid Retina Display with True Tone
  • 1080p FaceTime HD camera
  • MagSafe 3 port for charging
  • Two Thunderbolt / USB ports 4
  • Magic Keyboard with Touch ID
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • 30W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Dimensions and weight: 0,44×11,97×8,46mm; 1.24 kg

MacBook Air from 1,879 euros

  • 8-core CPU
  • 10-core GPU
  • 8GB of unified memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • 16 ‑ core Neural Engine
  • 13.6 “Liquid Retina Display with True Tone
  • 1080p FaceTime HD camera
  • MagSafe 3 port for charging
  • Two Thunderbolt / USB ports 4
  • Magic Keyboard with Touch ID
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • 35W dual-port USB-C power supply
  • Dimensions and weight: 0,44×11,97×8,46mm; 1.24 kg

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