The year's most exciting laptop launch is here - it's the M2 MacBook Air release day! There's been palpable anticipation around the machine ever since it was unveiled at WWDC 2022, and now the time has finally come - you can order a MacBook Air M2.
The MacBook Air M2 features a completely new design over its predecessor, as well as Apple's new, blazing fast M2 chip within its slick new chassis. The MacBook Air now looks a lot closer in design to the 2021 MacBook Pro line of laptops, further consolidating Apple's latest industrial design across its product range. You'll even be able to grab a MacBook Air in some new colors, such as a shimmering, champagne-like Starlight, or the slick almost black Midnight.
The MacBook Air M2 is available to order now from a range of different retailers, but be aware that shipping and delivery dates are slipping. Some customers are seeing dates around early August, and the Apple Website itself says that certain specs of machines won't ship until August 16. At the moment, it looks like the higher specced machines will ship slightly earlier than the base models - but we'll keep you updated as things change.
MacBook Air M2 - where is it in stock?
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The MacBook Air M2 has been a phenomenally popular product after its launch, selling out almost immediately on day one. As a result, it remains almost entirely unavailable to order for next-day delivery - or even for week-long delivery. Most outlets are reporting either a 'preorder' allowing you to reserve a laptop for when they come back in stock or a 6-8 shipping time.
Even on Apple's own website, it's tricky to get hold of a new machine - the fastest shipping time frame is 2-3 weeks, and to get that option you're going to have to shell out for a more expensive machine. We'll keep this page updated with all the best places to grab a MacBook Air M2, letting you know when and where it comes back in stock.
Buyers in the UK are going to have more luck - John Lewis have some of the base model in stock (opens in new tab), in a few of the colors. We've also found that Currys have some machines in stock (opens in new tab). While there may not be as many options in terms of machine specs, these retailers are currently the quickest way to get a MacBook Air M2.
Where to buy an M2 MacBook Air
Where to order in the US
- B&H Photo - from $1199 (opens in new tab) out of stock
- Amazon - from $1199 (opens in new tab) out of stock
- Apple - from $1199 (opens in new tab) long shipping times
Where to order in the UK
- John Lewis - from £1249 (opens in new tab)
- Currys - from £1249 (opens in new tab)
- Apple - from £1249 (opens in new tab) long shipping times
Where to order a MacBook Air M2 in the US
You currently may find it hard to find any stock in the US - the MacBook Air M2 has flown off the shelves. While B&H photo has some great options (opens in new tab) and specs on offer, they'll also only let you preorder a machine, without any idea of when the laptop might ship. It is the best place to go to get all the options though if you'd rather not go straight to Apple. Amazon only have the colors and two storage options on offer (opens in new tab), although, again, they mark the machine as 'not available' - you can't even preorder or reserve a laptop. Apple themselves can't even send you a MacBook Air M2 quickly (opens in new tab). The fastest shipping date you'll find is 2-3 weeks.
B&H Photo (opens in new tab)
B&H Photo has a selection of M2 MacBook Airs to order, with all the different spec options to choose from. Given it seems to be the only other non-Apple retailer to offer this service, stock has evaporated quickly. They'll allow you to preorder a machine, but expect to wait a while to get it.
Apple (opens in new tab)
Apple has all the options you could ever want on your MacBook Air, all the way down to keyboard layout and what charging brick you want. Shipping times are long, but potentially the quickest you'll find amongst all the retailers.
Where to order the MacBook Air M2 in the UK
Stock in the UK is a lot more comfortable. You can go to department store John Lewis and find some stock (opens in new tab), although it's only the base model and the Midnight color is all sold out. Currys also have stock of all the colors (opens in new tab), and two SSD options, so there is some degree of customization on offer. Apple UK (opens in new tab) won't ship any laptops for the next couple of weeks, giving an estimated delivery time of August 12-19.
Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon UK will let you choose what color and SSD you want, and that's it. Delivery looks like it'll be around August 10 as well, so you can't get Prime shipping either. They are in stock though - for how long is another question.
Apple UK (opens in new tab)
Apple will let you spec up your own machine, with more RAM options and SSD choices than anywhere else. There'll be all the colors too, including that stunning Starlight option. Be prepared to shell out the big bucks for a fully upgraded machine - around £2500. Shipping dates have tumbled too - expect the delivery date to be early to mid-August.
When can I order a MacBook Air M2?
Right now! It might take a while to get to you through - some of those shipping dates are obscene.
Should I get a MacBook Air M2?
By the looks of things, absolutely yes. This completely redesigned MacBook Air got five stars in our review, with Gerald calling it the "best MacBook that most people should currently buy". If that's not high praise enough, then we're not sure what could be.
Under its sleek aluminum skin, you're getting a rip-roaring M2 chip, and some ridiculously fast RAM. The screen has grown from last time as well - it's a bezel-free 13.6-inch Liquid Retina with incredible color accuracy. There's the same excellent build quality you'd expect from a MacBook, and improved rubber feet to make it more stable. Its design brings it closer to the MacBook Pro 2021, with sleek, smooth corners and a flatter profile.
This looks like the best MacBook for everyone - it's powerful enough to blast through everyday tasks, and even some light photo and video editing. Professionals may want to upgrade to the MacBook Pro 2021 - although if you are in the market for a professional laptop, this one probably wasn't on your radar in the first place.
What about the MacBook Pro M2?
We can tell you where to buy a MacBook Pro M2, but we can also tell you that buying a 13-inch MacBook Pro doesn't make any sense. If anything, this MacBook Air looks to be by far the more compelling option, sharing the same chip, SSD, and RAM options, only with a bigger and nicer screen and keyboard. For more information, we have a MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro (2022) guide to show you all the key differences.
We'd love to tell you to get a case for your M2 MacBook Air, but we have to tell you to be careful when looking for one instead - this laptop is completely different from the previous model, and some… unscrupulous case makers are selling their cases designed for the 2020 Air as if they will fit the new Air M2. They won't. Here are some of the best sleeves for the M2 MacBook Air that you'll find, though.
As the Buying Guides and Deals writer for iMore, Tammy puts over a decade of experience in finding the best prices of Apple products to work, helping you save money on the equipment that you want. An audiophile at heart, she loves all things audio and visual, but you’ll also find her drooling over the latest Macs and MacBooks. With a Masters in screenwriting, Tammy likes to spend her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays or driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.