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The new MacBook Air (2022) is a compact 2.7 pound notebook with an ultrathin design, measuring just 0.44 inches (11.3mm) thick. But it has a larger, higher-resolution display than Apple’s previous-gen model, and a higher-performance processor. It’s also a little more expensive, with a $1199 starting price.

First announced in June, the new Macbook Air with an M2 processor begins shipping July 15, 2022 and it’s available for order starting today from Apple, Adorama, Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and other retailers.

At the heart of the computer is Apple’s M2 chip, the company’s second-generation processor designed for laptop and desktop computers. Apple says the M2 processor brings up to an 18 percent boost in CPU performance, 35 percent faster graphics, and a 40 percent improvement in AI activities, plus 50 percent more memory bandwidth.

The version of the chip used in the MacBook Air comes with either 8-core or 10-core graphics, which is a step up from the 7-core GPU that’s the only option available for folks that opt for the previous-gen MacBook Air with an M1 processor.

Another change is that this year’s MacBook Pro has a 13.6 inch, 2560 x 1664 pixel display (up from the 13.3 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel screen in the older model). But it’s still a lightweight, fanless computer that’s one of the most affordable laptops in Apple’s lineup… even if prices for the new model start $200 higher than for the previous version. Want to save a little money? You can still buy a MacBook Air with an M1 processor for $999 and up.

Here’s a run-down of key specs for Apple’s current line of MacBook Air laptops:

 

MacBook Air with M2 (8-core GPU)MacBook Air with M2 (10-core GPU)MacBook Air with M1 (7-core GPU)
Starting price$1199$1499$999
Display13.6 inches
2560 x 1664 pixels
IPS LCD Liquid Retina display
500 nits
P3 wide color gamut
True Tone technology
Support for 6K/60 Hz external display
13.3 inches
2560 x 1600 pixels
400 nits
P3 wide color gamut
True Tone technology
ProcessorApple M2
8-core CPU (4 performance cores + 4 efficiency
8-core GPU (configurable up to 10-core)
16-core Neural Engine
Apple M2
8-core CPU (4 performance cores + 4 efficiency
10-core GPU
16-core Neural Engine
Apple M1
8-core CPU (4 performance + 4 efficiency)
7-core GPU
16-core Neural Engine
RAM8GB
Supports up to 24GB
8GB
Supports up to 16GB
Storage256GB
Supports up to 2TB
512GB
Supports up to 2TB
256GB
Supports up to 2TB
Ports2 x Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4
1 x 3.5mm audio
2 x Thunderbolt 3 / USB 3
1 x 3.mm audio
WirelessWiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Camera1080P720p
Audio4 x speakers
Spatial Audio
Dolby Atmos
3-mic array
3.5mm audio jack
2 x speakers
Dolby Atmos
3-mic array
3.5mm audio jack
Battery52.6 Wh49.9 Wh
Charging30W USB-C
Support for 67W USB-C fast charging
35W Dual USB-C (standard)
Support for 67W USB-C fast charging
30W USB-C
Dimensions304.1 x 215 x 11.3mm
11.97″ x 8.46″ x 0.44″
304.1 x 212.4 x 16.1mm
11.97″ x 8.36″ x 0.63″
Weight1.24kg
2.7 pounds
1.29kg
2.8 pounds

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