MacBook Air 15-inch M2 review round-up - here's what reviewers think

WWDC 2023 15 inch Macbook Air
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The MacBook Air 15-inch was revealed back at WWDC 2023, and reviewers are now revealing their first thoughts. 

The bigger sibling to the M2 MacBook Air takes everything the smaller one does well and makes it bigger with a beautiful new 15-inch display. Apple is claiming this is the "world’s best 15-inch laptop," but is it?

With this in mind, here's what the first reviews of the newest MacBook on the market think about Apple's latest laptop offering.


Our friends over at TechRadar say the new display "has a stunning design, a brilliant screen, and possibly the best speaker setup you'll find in a laptop. However, the bump in screen size means it's less portable – one of the key selling points of the Air line – while anyone hoping for a more ambitious upgrade than just more screen real estate may be disappointed."


CNET says, "You don't need a Pro to get a larger screen size. The Air 15 is the big-screen you should go for."

The Verge

The Verge says, "Apple’s first big-screened MacBook Air addresses a long-standing need in the company’s laptop lineup. And it comes with zero surprises and no sticker shock."



TechCrunch says, "The right MacBook for most gets a bigger screen, same chip"

PC Mag

PC Mag says, "With its bigger MacBook Air, Apple ticks up the performance and battery life, while keeping the original Air's strengths intact."


Pocket-lint says, "bigger is better."


David Snelling of the Express says, "bigger screen is an absolute dream."


Engadget says, "The company successfully threads the needle between performance, battery life, screen size and portability."


Jason Aten at Inc. says, "The 15-Inch MacBook Air is exactly what you think it is and that's brilliant."

Get ready for the 15-inch MacBook Air

If you're in the market for a new MacBook, it looks like the 15-inch MacBook Air could be the one for you, with positive reviews across the board praising the screen size and the benefits of having more screen real estate. It looks like the best MacBook just got better.

You can order the 15-inch MacBook Air today, and the upgrade to one of the best Macs will be available from June 13th in Apple Stores, starting from $1,299.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself.

Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings.

John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019. 

John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.