Macbook Air M2 Hands On Keyboard WwdcSource: Gerald Lynch / iMore

It's that time of the year again. WWDC 2022 has brought with it many new announcements for Mac users, including MacOS Ventura which includes Stage Manager, Continuity Camera, and more. A more exciting reveal was the new MacBook Air, powered by a M2 chip. It's a completely new thinner design, with 20% less volume and without the wedge shape.

Size and colors

Macbook Air ColorSource: Apple

The new MacBook Air with M2 measures just 0.44 inches (11.3 millimeters) thick and weighs only 2.7 pounds. It has a durable, all-aluminum unibody enclosure and comes in four colors: silver, space grey, Starlight, and Midnight.

Charging and ports

Macbook Air M2 Magsafe Charging Cable Hands On WwdcSource: Gerald Lynch / iMore

In a rare move, Apple has brought back a popular feature from days of yore: MagSafe charging! That's right, a dedicated MagSafe 3 charging port offers a quick release if you trip over your cord while charging.

Two Thunderbolt/ USB 4 ports (not needed for charging) are free for you to use to connect to your accessories and more. You can also use those ports for charging the MacBook Air. There is also a dedicated 3.5 mm headphone jack for hi-impedance headphones.

Screen and camera

Macbook Air M2 Closeup Screen Hands On WwdcSource: Gerald Lynch / iMore

The MacBook Air's 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display has a notch (love it or hate it) and thinner borders than the previous model. The screen is 25% brighter, with 500 nits of brightness and one billion colors, making it more vibrant than before. The 1080p HD FaceTime camera with twice the resolution and twice the low light performance will be great for video calls and more.

Sound

Macbook Air SpeakersSource: Apple

The speakers and microphones are integrated between the keyboard and the display. A three-mic array captures clean audio using advanced beamforming algorithms. The four-speaker array produce improved stereo separation and vocal clarity. As hoped, the M2 MacBook Air supports immersive Spatial Audio for music and movies with Dolby Atmos.

Keyboard and power

Macbook Air M2 Keyboard Touch Id Closeup Hands On WwdcSource: Gerald Lynch / iMore

The MacBook Air with M2 has a full-height function row Magic Keyboard with Touch ID. In our first impression hands-on review of the M2 MacBook Air, we found the keys to be nice and "clacky." It's five times faster than the Intel MacBook Air. The M2 chip allows for a silent, fanless design. Get up to 18 hours of use from a single charge. A 30W USB-C Power Adapter is included, in the price, but have a couple of upgrade options. You'll be able to buy a new 35W compact power adapter with two USB-C ports, so you can charge two devices at once. You can also upgrade to a 67-watt adapter, which takes advantage of the M2 MacBook Air's Fast Charge support: charge up to 50% in 30 minutes. The trackpad also has Force Touch.

Internals and tech specs

  • 8 or 10-core GPU
  • 8-core CPU
  • From 256GB to 2TB SSD Storage
  • From 8GB to 24GB Unified Memory
  • 16-core Neural Engine
  • 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone
  • MagSafe 3 charging port
  • 1080p FaceTime HD camera
  • Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports
  • Magic Keyboard with Touch ID
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • 30W USB-C Power Adapter included
  • Can upgrade to 35W Dual USB-C Port Compact Power Adapter
  • Can upgrade to 67W USB-C Power Adapter

M2 performance

Macbook Air Feature TilesSource: Apple

As outlined in our article about the M2 chip:

The new second-generation hardware comes built on a 5nm manufacturing process and features 20 billion transistors. Apple says we can expect up to 100GB/s of bandwidth which is 50% more than the current M1 chip, the chip that started the Apple silicon transition.

The chips themselves come with an 8-core CPU — four of which are performance with a larger cache than before. Apple expects 18% better performance Vs power usage results compared to the M1 chips while 10 GPU cores represent a doubling of the previous M1 part. That, in, turn, means 25% improved graphics performance at the same power level as the M1 and 25% improved performance when working at its maximum power output.

Video creators will enjoy the ability to handle multiple 4K and 8K streams at once, with a high bandwidth video decoder supporting 8K encoding and decoding.

Price

Prices start at $1,199 for the base model MacBook Air with M2. The MacBook Air with M1 will remain in the lineup for $999. The education discount takes off $100.

Release date

The M2 MacBook Air will be available in July.

Macbook Air With M2 Chip In Person WwdcSource: Gerald Lynch / iMore

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