Apple’s new MacBook Air M2 has MagSafe and a better webcam
Apple announced a new MacBook Air with its new M2 chip at WWDC 2022. The new MacBook Air is even lighter and faster and fixes some of the major complaints about Apple’s MacBook lineup. Here’s what’s new.
Apple says its MacBook Air M2 offers the same battery life as the previous MacBook Air – Apple says up to 18 hours of video playback – but it has an improved Liquid Retina display that’s 25% brighter than before.
The M2 chip is even faster than the M1: we haven’t seen any third-party benchmarks yet, of course, but Apple promises 38 per cent faster video editing performance.
It is even smaller and lighter than before with a thickness of 11.3 mm and a weight of 2.7 pounds. The new unibody design is 20% smaller in total volume. However, it still doesn’t have a fan.
The MacBook Air still has an audio jack and Touch ID security on its full-height feature row.
Beyond the usual upgrades, there are some big improvements that address common complaints about the MacBook Air. Apple’s beloved MagSafe, which magnetically connects the MacBook’s charging cable so tripping over it won’t send your laptop flying across the room, is making a comeback.
On top of that, Apple has added an improved webcam with 1080p resolution. It’s been a while since Apple upgraded its MacBook webcams, and poor quality was a common complaint. It has a notch, but there’s no Touch ID.
It’s an amazing machine and should be a great upgrade over the MacBook Air M1, which we were already big fans of. It is available in four colors: Silver, Space Grey, Starlight and Midnight.
The new MacBook Air M2 starts at $1199 and will be available from July 2022. Apple will continue to sell the MacBook Air M1 at $999. It will be available on the Apple Store and at other retailers.