The MacBook Air 2022 can now be ordered: Apple has been taking pre-orders for the new model series since midday on Friday, and delivery is scheduled to start on Friday, July 15 – together with the start of retail sales. Considered the best-selling notebook, the MacBook Air has been an industry-defining design for more than a decade. The new edition with M2 chip does without the well-known wedge-shaped housing and is based instead on the new shape of the MacBook Pro 2021 – together with the prominent camera cut-out in the display, usually called “Notch”.
With the MacBook Air with M2 chip, Apple has said goodbye to the pointed wedge shape.
Larger display, MagSafe charging
With a diagonal of 13.6 inches, the display of the MacBook Air 2022 is slightly larger than that of its predecessor and has a higher maximum brightness. Apple promises a value of 500 candelas/sqm. The MagSafe connection has returned, so charging no longer necessarily occupies one of the only two USB-C/Thunderbolt ports.
The M2 chip is said to bring more performance and supports up to 24 GB of RAM (now LPDDR5). The M2 also has a significantly higher memory transfer rate of 100 GB/s than the M1, as well as an improved Neural Engine for machine learning and an expanded media engine designed to speed up work with 4K and 8K ProRes videos. Instead of 7 or 8 shader clusters, the GPU in the M2 of the MacBook Air now uses 8 or 10 cores.
The higher performance was already evident in the test of the new MacBook Pro with M2, but there are reports of a drop in speed with the 256 GB SSD in the base model.
Higher price than MacBook Air M1
The entry-level price of the MacBook Air M2 with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD is just under 1500 euros and thus considerably higher than the predecessor with the M1 chip, which Apple continues to sell. The MacBook Air M1 can be found in stores for less than 1000 euros. With 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD, the MacBook Air M2 costs just under 2000 euros and is therefore priced at the same level as the 14″ MacBook Pro.
The first basic models of the MacBook Air 2022 are to be delivered to customers from July 15, but Apple has already announced the delivery date for configurations with more RAM or a larger SSD as early as mid-August.