The Apple Store has dropped ahead of its new 2022 MacBook Air with M2 chip for pre-order in a few hours. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 went on sale last month.
The new Air features Apple’s latest silicone core in an all-new design, eschewing the classic MacBook Air’s tapered-edge chassis. The new Air adopts design cues from the 2021 MacBook Pro, with a flat exterior style, thinner screen bezels, a punch-hole display for the front camera…
Of course, the Air’s chassis is much thinner than the MacBook Pro, measuring just 11.3mm. Apple is also introducing several new color options with a choice of four colors: silver, starlight, space gray, and midnight.
In addition to the stunning new design, the MacBook Air features a larger 13.6-inch display, an upgraded 1080p webcam, and an improved speaker system.
We already know what to expect from the M2 chip in terms of performance, thanks to reviewers and customers who already had hands-on experience with the M2 13-inch MacBook Pro. Compared to the M1 chip, the CPU performance is about 15% faster for single-core tasks, and the GPU is up to 50% faster.
This means that the Air and Pro are technically the fastest Macs available when looking at single-core benchmarks. Of course, for multi-core performance, the M1 Max/Ultra chips found in professional Apple devices will still easily win because they have a lot of cores.
Finally, the M2 chip means that MacBook Air customers can now configure their devices with up to 24GB of RAM, an increase over the 16GB maximum available with the M1 chip.
You’ll be able to pre-order your new MacBook Air starting at 5 AM PST, approximately 1.5 hours from now. Pricing for the new Air starts at $1,199. The M1 MacBook Air will continue to retail for $999.
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