Apple Introduces the New MacBook Air with M2 Chip: Faster Chip to Take On the World | One PC Panda

Every once in a while, Apple comes out with an update that makes you sit up and take notice. With the announcement of the new MacBook Air with M2, the tech world has been abuzz with rumors, speculation, and general excitement about what’s to come. With its sleek new design, improved M2 chip and battery life, this laptop have even longtime Mac fans excited about upgrading to the newest model. In this blog post, we’ll give you all the details you need to know about the latest edition of one of Apple’s newest updates: The Faster MacBook Air.


Macbook Air with M2 Announcement

Historically, Apple's WWDC event doesn't generally include many hardware announcements, but a new MacBook Air did make a showing. The new 2022 model was created around the more powerful M2 processor, and its design is closer to that of the 14-inch MacBook Pro than the traditional wedge shape. 

It features MagSafe charging, two Thunderbolt USB 4 ports, and a headphone jack. The device is 11mm thick and weighs 2.7 pounds. This Apple laptop is available in silver, space grey, and new starlight gold and midnight blue colors. It comes with a color-coordinated braided MagSafe cable.


Price and Release Date

A new Mac Air will be available for purchase in July for $1,199. The product page is live, but you cannot order it now. The base model comes with the M2, an eight-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. If you want a more powerful GPU, RAM, and storage, the $1,499 model includes a 10-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. Each configuration can handle up to 24GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. The M1-based Air will still be available for $999.


Features and Updates

The MacBook Air is 13.6 inches with 500 nits of brightness. The silent, fan-less design is an achievement considering the claims by Apple that it's 40-percent faster than the previous model, with performance depending on the task.

You'll get a 1080p FaceTime HD webcam, new mics and speakers, and I'm sure it'll be good enough for most people. But with an upgrade to macOS Ventura, you'll be able to use the Continuity Camera feature, which lets you use your MagSafe-ready iPhone's camera as a webcam. It also has Touch ID like the previous model.


Power Accessories

Macbook Air with M2 charger

The cheapest MacBook Air model has a 30W charger, but Apple is providing a new $59 67W power adapter that charges the device up to 80% in just 20 minutes. This upgraded model with an original $1,499 retail price has a dual-port USB-C power adapter. In the future, they will be selling this adapter separately for $59.


Conclusion

The new MacBook Air seems like an improvement over the previous iteration. The design is much sleeker, it’s slimmer (obviously), but the battery life has been extended to a whopping 13 hours of continuous use. The new M2 chip also helps improve performance and speed up download times for apps. The announcement today means that Macbook Air sales are only going to increase in the future as more people choose Apple’s laptops over others in the market.

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