The MacBook Air 15-inch is official, and it's powered by M2

WWDC 2023 15 inch Macbook Air
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It may traditionally be a software show, but that hasn't stopped Apple's WWDC 2023 from dropping some hardware surprises into the mix too — including the freshly announced, brand-new 15-inch MacBook Air.

The long-rumored new addition to the MacBook Air lineup adds two extra inches to the screen size of the existing MacBook Air M2 model, which has a screen measuring 13.6 inches.

The new 15-inch MacBook Air comes in multiple colors and features a 15.3-inch display with 5mm borders for a great look. You'll also benefit from a 1080p camera up top, while inside you'll get up to 50% more battery life than competing Windows laptops. That means that up to 18 hours of battery life will be offered. Need to charge? That's where MagSafe and USB-C charging comes in.

Speaking of ports, the MacBook Air comes with two Thunderbolt ports included.

In terms of specifications, the M2 chip comes with 8- and 10-core configurations with options for up to 24GB of RAM and 2TB of fast SSD.

Apple says that the M2 15-inch MacBook Air comes with a three-mic array and a new six-speaker array for audio fans, while "force-canceling woofers" ensure that that deep bass sounds great even without headphones.

The new 15-inch MacBook Air comes in at $1,299, while the 13-inch model has seen its price fall to just $1099 as a result.

We're covering all the WWDC 2023 announcements live and as they happen. Don't miss all our Apple VR, iOS 17, macOS 14, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10 analysis so far.

Oliver Haslam

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.