If you are a long-time Mac user and Apple fan, the MacBook Air M2 really catches the attention of many people. While some of the new features of macOS 13 are very welcome, especially the Stage Manager and Continuity Camera features, it seems to be just a small “toc” update in the “tic-toc” lifecycle of macOS.
Apple made headlines with the announcement of the MacBook Air M2 at WWDC 2022
So let’s talk about this MacBook Air M2. On the surface, it’s basically a MacBook Air that takes on the new design of the MacBook Pro M1, complete with MagSafe and a notch for the webcam. The iconic wedge shape of the MacBook Air is gone, replaced by an overall thinner (11.3 mm) and lighter (1.24 kg) design like the iPad Pro, in four colors (Silver , Starlight, Space Gray and Midnight).
Maybe the MacBook Air M2 isn’t as colorful as previously rumored, but it’s perfect for everyone. The IPS Liquid Retina display is slightly larger (13.6 inches) and brighter (500 nits), supports more colors (1 billion) and has thinner bezels.
Many people are still not satisfied with the notch on the latest MacBook. Sure, the 1080p webcam is much improved, but the lack of Face ID makes this notch a questionable decision.
MacBook Air M2 comes with a variety of color options
On the plus side, the return of MagSafe is great news, and so are the full-size function keys. Additional features include a four-speaker sound system and an audio jack that supports high-impedance headphones. Apple also equips the product with fast charging, with an optional 67W USB-C charger. In fact, even the compact 35W dual-port USB-C charger is pretty cool.
But apparently, the big update with the new MacBook Air lies in the new M2 chip – a chip that delivers 1.4x faster performance than the M1 without sacrificing battery life (18 hours). The chip supports up to 24 GB of LPDDR5 RAM compared to 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM on the M1, so the new MacBook Air can be equipped with up to 24 GB RAM configuration. However, Apple’s additional RAM doesn’t come cheap. The new MacBook Air M2 costs $1,199 for the base model with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD, and an 8-core GPU, and $1,499 for the higher-end version with a 10-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD.
In fact, it’s $200 more expensive than the equivalent MacBook Air M1, still offered by Apple in its base configuration for $999. It’s also worth reiterating that Apple updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip at WWDC 2022 – a product with an old design and annoying Touch Bar. Everything is more confusing when the product is only $ 100 more expensive than the MacBook Air M2.
MacBook Air M2 offers many great things that users want from Apple
In addition to offering the M2 chip has better performance than the M1 series but it has great battery life and all the performance users need to support multitasking, editing and working on the go.
Price hikes aside, the new MacBook Air M2 offers significantly more than a glamorous redesign and better specs. The return of MagSafe, an improved webcam, and an attached headphone jack are proof that Apple listens to its users now that it’s no longer limited to the Mac Pro.
Before that, Apple abandoned the “bad” butterfly keyboard when it introduced the MacBook Pro M1, removed the Touch Bar that didn’t make much sense and equipped with an HDMI port and an SD card slot. As a result, the MacBook line has never been better than it is today. So here’s the crux at WWDC 2022: Apple shows off listening to its users.