Although Apple’s iPhone 14 series is still on the way, the MacBook Air is finally hitting the market.
Since the original MacBook was discontinued more than a decade ago, the MacBook Air has become Apple’s entry-level laptop; but instead of giving it low-end features compared to the Pro models, the MacBook Air has received some significant upgrades over the years.
- Brand: Apple
- Storage: 256GB
- Memory 8GB
- Operating System: macOS
- Battery: 18 hours
- CPU: M2
- Dimension: 11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches
- Display size & resolution: 13.6-inches, 2560 x 1664
- Price: $1,199
- Weight: 2.7 lbs
- Ports: 1 x MagSafe, 2 x ThunderBolt 4, 1 x 3.5mm Jack
For 2022, Apple decided to give the MacBook Air a redesign.
The laptop is measured at 11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches with a 13-inch screen, making it slightly bigger than the iPad Pro. The Air’s thickness is measured at 0.44 inches, a slight margin compared to the iPhone 13 Pro.
The Air also has a squared-off design with raised-up keyboards compared to older models.
Meanwhile, its notch is one of the most significant changes to the MacBook Air. Similar to the last few iPhone models, the notch gives the Air more screen space.
Finally, the MacBook Air continues to be one of the lightest devices in the market, weighing in at 2.7 pounds or 1.24kg – making it one of the most portable laptops for those who want to work while traveling.
Apple has recently been adding more color options to its devices. While the MacBook series has always maintained a silver colorway, the MacBook Air this year is adding more variations like Starlight, Space Gray, Silver, and Midnight.
While Midnight is the first dark-colored Mac, many reviewers have found that the back picks up more fingerprints than others.
The MacBook Air M2 features a Liquid Retina display with a 2560 x 1664 resolution and a 60 HZ refresh rate, losing out the 120HZ ProMotion seen in the Pro models.
Without the notch on the screen, it would measure to 13.6-inches, bigger than any of the previous MacBook Airs. Additionally, the 2022 model boasts the brightest, with 500 nits of brightness.
Apple’s display tech also gives the Air support for one billion colors and P3 wide color. In addition, its True Tone feature also optimizes the white balance on the screen.
Camera and audio
While Apple’s iPhones boast the best cameras, the MacBooks have received mixed reviews.
For the Air, Apple gave it the 1080p webcam from last year’s MacBook Pros. However, its image processing doesn’t give it the same premium pictures that the Pro provides, as images often come with a grainy look that only gets worse in low light.
Meanwhile, the speakers significantly improved with Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio support. Although the effects don’t work, the Air has better speakers compared to previous models.
The MacBook Air features a MagSafe port on the left side of the model, allowing users to magnetically attach their cable to charge the device.
It also has two ThunderBolt 4 ports for accessories with the MagSafe addition, opening up one of the ThunderBolt cables while charging.
On the right side, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack port. And while the left side has enough space for an SD card slot or HDMI port, the two features remain exclusive to the Pro models.
The most significant feature of the MacBook Air M2 is its M2 chip.
The second generation M2 chip is the first of 2022 and has an 18% rise in CPU power and 35% in GPU power. In addition, Apple estimates that the M2 chip is 1.4x faster than the M1 Air and 15x faster than the latest Intel Air.
- New design
- MagSafe feature
- Improved screen display
- Faster M2 chip
- Battery life
- Supports one external display
- Limited port
- Midnight color is a fingerprint magnet
- Faster heating due to fanless feature
Given the pros and cons, the decision on whether the MacBook Air M2 is worth it ultimately falls on the buyer.
The new Air is perfect for work on the go with its lightness. The M2 also allows users for everyday use, from multiple tabs/apps open to photo/video editing.
Although the new price can be intimidating, its design and power justify the price.
Opinions expressed by NY Weekly contributors are their own.