According to a new blog post from the company, Apple will begin taking orders for its newly designed 13.6-inch MacBook Air starting at 5 a.m. on Friday, July 8. The laptop will arrive at the doorsteps of buyers and will be available for retail purchase a week later on the same day on July 15.
This will be the second Mac to be launched with Apple’s second-generation M2 system-on-a-chip, after the 2020 M1 with significantly faster memory bandwidth and graphics and marginally better CPU performance.
It’s the same chip found in the 2022 13-inch MacBook Pro we recently reviewed. We found the M2 to offer 10 to 15 percent better CPU performance than the M1 and 40 percent faster GPU performance with a 10-core GPU configuration. Unlike the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air defaults to an eight-core GPU configuration with an optional 10-core upgrade.
The new MacBook Air is also the first to receive a major chassis redesign and visual makeover in several years, as it abandons the slim design the Air has been known for in favor of a boxy, flat design. The 2022 model flush measures 0.44 inches (1.13 cm) thick, while the 2020 model ranges from 0.16 inches (0.41 cm) to 0.63 inches (1.61 cm) from thinnest to thickest point.
It also brings back the MagSafe connection from the old-timey MacBooks, albeit with a different design – as previously seen in the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros introduced last year. Also like those laptops, it has a tall display with minimal bezels but an iPhone-like camera notch. And like the recent iMac redesign, it comes in several finishes—in this case, Apple calls the finishes Silver, Space Grey, Starlight, and Midnight.
The 13.6-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,199 for a configuration with an eight-core GPU and 256GB of solid-state storage. Another standard configuration, priced at $1,499, bumps up to a 10-core GPU and 512GB SSD. Both come with 8GB of memory, but you can upgrade to 16GB or 24GB. There are also optional upgrades for 1TB or 2TB of storage.
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