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You can order the redesigned M2 MacBook Air laptop powered by Apple’s new M2 chip on Friday, July 8, with first shipments expected on Friday the following week.
- You can order the new M2 MacBook Air starting on July 8, with the overhauled notebook scheduled to start arriving globally to customers from July 15.
- The machine runs Apple’s new M2 chip and features a redesigned enclosure along with a much-improved 1080p FaceTime camera.
- The computer is available in four finishes and starts at $1,199 in the US.
Place your orders for the new M2 MacBook Air from July 8
The Apple Newsroom website officially confirms that pre-orders for the M2 MacBook Air are scheduled to open on this coming Friday, July 8, at 5am PDT / 8am EDT.
When will M2 MacBook Air arrive in stores?
Retail availability for the new MacBook Air with the M2 chip starts on Friday, July 15, which is when first shipments are scheduled to start arriving around the world. The MacBook Air is Apple’s most popular notebook line so you may want to pre-order as soon as possible to avoid long wait times. Apple and other companies continue to feel the effects of the disrupted supply chains, with significant shipping delays now a fact of life. The M2 update also brings some of the missing features, like MagSafe charging, so this is going to be a very popular upgrade for a lot of people.
What’s there to like about the M2 MacBook Air?
The new M2 MacBook Air was unveiled at the WWDC22 with features missing from its predecessor, the M1 MacBook Air, which Apple continues to sell. One of them is magnetic charging via Apple’s MagSafe connector that snaps into place magnetically and detaches just as easily if someone accidentally trips over the cord. The MacBook Air certainly isn’t popular for its paltry 720p potato camera, but you’ll be pleased to know that the M2 model has a 1080p one. You’ll look crisper on FaceTime calls! The tapered design has been swapped for a new enclosure that’s 11.3 millimeters thin and weighs 2.7 pounds, a 20 percent reduction in volume from the previous generation. Read: New to Mac? Learn the basics of macOS menu bar
Battery life is the same as before, with circa 18 hours of video playback on a single charge. The improved audio system sports four speakers (the M1 notebook has just two speakers) which support spatial audio. Other perks include a slightly larger display (13.6 inches vs. 13.3 inches) that’s also brighter (500 nits vs. 400 nits). The panel itself now supports a billion colors. The M2 chip brings additional features, such as up to 50 percent more RAM (24GB vs. 16GB), hardware-accelerated ProRes and ProRes RAW, as well as a dedicated ProRes encode and decode engine.
To compare Mac models, visit apple.com/mac/compare.
Pricing and availability
You can order your M2 MacBook Air starting Friday, July 8, on apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app. Apple’s own brick-and-mortar stores, authorized resellers and such as Amazon.com will start carrying the machine the following Friday, July 15, which is also when pre-orders will also start shipping to customers.
Use the following links to shop your MacBook Air on Apple’s online store:
- Buy MacBook Air with M1 chip
- Buy MacBook Air with M2 chip
The notebook is available in four color options—midnight, starlight, silver and space gray—and starts at $1,199 in the United States for the baseline configuration with eight gigabytes of memory and 256 gigabytes of storage. The online Apple store lets you configure your order by increasing the RAM and storage.
Which power adapter is right for you?
You can choose whether the laptop is bundled with Apple’s latest 35W USB-C power adapter or a 67W one. The 35W charger has two USB-C ports that can charge two devices at once. Its more powerful 67W counterpart has one USB-C port but supports the fast-charging option, which the 35W adapter does not. Fast charging lets you charge your M2 MacBook Air from zero to fifty percent in 30 minutes.
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