Apple will start accepting orders for its updated 13.6-inch MacBook Air on Friday, July 8. A week later, on July 15, the laptop reaches customers’ homes and offices.
Apple shared the dates in a blog post. The device will become the second Mac to feature Apple’s second-generation M2 system-on-a-chip, which succeeds 2020’s M1 and offers better CPU performance, memory, and graphics. Those keeping track will notice that this is the same processor as the 2022 13-inch MacBook Pro.
With the 10-core GPU configuration, reviewers at ArsTechnica found that the M2 gave up to 40 percent faster GPU performance and 10 to 15 percent better CPU performance than the M1. The MacBook Air comes comes in both 8- and 10-core GPU setups.
The new MacBook Air is also the first in many years to receive a significant chassis redesign and aesthetic update, doing away with the tapered shape that the Air is renowned for in favour of a boxy, flat appearance.
The 2020 model’s thickness varied from 0.16 inches (0.41 cm) to 0.63 inches (1.61 cm) from its narrowest to widest point, whereas the 2022 model is a 0.44 inches (1.13 cm) thick. As with the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models shown last year, it also revives the MagSafe connector from earlier MacBook models.