While Apple may have just announced its new M2 processor lineup and the new M2 MacBook Air, the jump in power (around 20%) versus the increase in cost (several hundred dollars) is a tough sell in my mind.
Apple released the M1 MacBook Air in 2020, and it is, in my humble opinion, the best laptop Apple has ever made. It has the light, small form factor of Apple's MacBook Air, and the potent punching power of its M1 chip, which is lightyears ahead of anything Intel has ever offered Apple's mobile computers. Out of stock on day one, the MacBook Air with M1 is back in stock on Amazon and just $899 this Prime Day, if you missed it yesterday, now's your chance.
The best MacBook ever
256GB is plenty of space to store documents and a range of different apps. Watch out for the various colors - they sometimes can crop up at different prices.
There's no performance gain with this option, but you do get some extra storage for your documents, pictures, and music. It is the best MacBook Air for those looking to install lots of apps - they run better off internal storage.
The M1 MacBook Air is the perfect portable computer, with the M1 offering excellent processing power for any task you might expect to throw at a MacBook Air. It also has great thermal performance while still being 3.5x faster than the previous generation. The M2 MacBook Air might be a great laptop but it will be a stretch too far in these testing financial times. Save the money, buy the M1, you won't regret it.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9