What you need to know
- Apple's M2 MacBook Air is reportedly going on sale on July 15.
- Pre-orders for the new MacBook Air are thought to be set for July 8.
- The new machine is the first MacBook Air with M2 Apple silicon and a new look.
Apple's hotly-anticipated M2-powered MacBook Air will reportedly go on sale as soon as July 15, according to a new report.
With the Apple M2 13-inch MacBook Pro already out in the wild, many are waiting for the redesigned MacBook Air to become available. The machine features an all-new look, notch and all, and is set to become a popular product in Apple's lineup.
This will not only be the first major redesign for the MacBook Air in a while, but it'll also be the most powerful thanks to that new M2 chip. Apple promises all-day battery life and speedy performance thanks to an 8-core CPU and up to 10-core GPU. 16 Neural Engine cores round out the Apple silicon. Other notable specs include the use of MagSafe 3 for charging and that new 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone support.
The entry-level M2 MacBook Air will cost $1,199 when pre-orders begin, while those looking for the 10-core GPU will need to splash out $1,499. Other configurable like larger SSDs and more RAM will of course bump the price. Maxing out the specs will cost a pretty penny, but those looking to get the best Mac their money can buy should probably look elsewhere — the MacBook Pro, perhaps.
It remains to be seen how well-stocked the new MacBook Air is and how easily people will be able to pick one up. Apple's Macs have suffered from low availability for months due to various economic reasons including global parts shortages, although the recently-released 13-inch MacBook Pro has fared better than most.
As always, it's important to note that retail shipment dates can change, but Apple does already say that the new Mac will go on sale in July — given the lack of wiggle room, it's probably safe to say we won't be waiting too much longer before we can take that adorable little thing for a spin ourselves.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.