Apple has unveiled the latest addition to its M2 chipset series, the MacBook Air (2022) and 13-inch MacBook Pro (2022), at WWDC 2022. These are the first two computers to be powered by the company’s in-house chipset.
The latest models come with the next-generation Apple Silicon chip that was announced at WWDC 2020. The MacBook Air is the first refreshed version of the company’s MacBook Air laptop since the M1-powered MacBook Air was introduced in November 2020.
The new MacBook Air (2022) features a complete redesign, including a new 13-inch LCD display and full-sized function keys. It also runs silently with a fan-less design, just like its predecessor. The MacBook Pro (2022) also sports a 13-inch LCD display and comes with the same full-sized function keys as the 2021 MacBook Pro lineup.
The new MacBook Air for 2022 features a revamped chassis design that takes cues from the existing MacBook Pro line. The result is a more uniform and polished look that is sure to turn heads.
Price & Availability
The new Apple MacBook Air (2022) starts at just $1,199. Meanwhile, the slightly larger and more powerful 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2022) starts at a very reasonable $1,299. Apple has also stated that the older MacBook Air, powered by the M1 chip, will remain available for purchase at $999.
The new MacBook Air model will be available in a variety of colors including Midnight, Silver, Space Grey, and Starlight Gold. You’ll be able to configure your options via the Apple Store.
Specifications & Features
The all-new Apple MacBook Air (2022) comes with the next-gen M2 chipset. This upgraded version of the original M1 Apple Silicon chip boasts 20 billion transistors and a 10-core GPU. It’s a massive improvement from the 2020 MacBook Air model, and we can’t wait to see what it can do!
The first-generation M1 chip came with four high-performance and four low-performance cores and offered a maximum of eight graphics cores.
Apple promises that the new chipset provides 18 percent better CPU performance and 35 percent improved GPU performance over the previous model. Additionally, it is 1.9 times faster (CPU) and 2.3 times faster (GPU) compared to other 10-core processors on the market.
The new chipset also comes with the updated Secure Enclave, media engine, and neural engine. In addition, users can now connect an external display with up to 6K resolution.
The new MacBook Air (2022) will feature a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display, a departure from the mini-LED models featured on the 2021 MacBook Pro lineup.
According to the claim, the display will be 13.6-inches with thinner bezels compared to the 2020 MacBook Air model. This would mean that the 2022 MacBook Air will have a notch like the 2021 MacBook Pro models.
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has up to 2TB of SSD storage and can be configured with up to 24GB of unified memory. The laptop’s camera has been upgraded to 1080p, which is an improvement over the 720p camera on the 2020 model.
The new MacBook Air model comes with two USB Type-C/ Thunderbolt 4 ports and will support MagSafe charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It is claimed to offer the same 18 hours of battery backup while watching videos on a single charge as its predecessor.
The new MacBook Air (2022) can be charged up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with an optional 67W USB Type-C power adapter.