Apple did not provide a specific launch date for the new MacBook Air with the M2 chip when it introduced it at WWDC in June, instead stating that it would be available in July. Pre-orders for the new MacBook Air will begin a week earlier, on July 8, according to MacRumors, which claims it has confirmed with a retail source that the device will officially go on sale on July 15 year.
Given past concerns that the next MacBook Air would be delayed because of COVID-related production closures in China, this is consoling. Even if the previous launch date is accurate, the new laptop might still be in short supply with delivery dates sliding farther into the future as supplies get low. However, we won’t know for sure until after the launch. With a redesigned design (similar to the design of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro) and a 13.6-inch display with reduced bezels, the new MacBook Air represents a significant upgrade over the previous model.
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The new Air will also have a new, 1080p camera, a four-speaker sound system, and the new MagSafe power connector in addition to the new M2 processor, which promises 18% more CPU performance, 35% more GPU performance, and up to 50% more memory bandwidth than the M1 chip. The new MacBook Air has a starting price of $1,199, but you can bump it up to $2,499 for the top configuration by adding more storage and RAM.
The MacBook Pro M2, Apple’s other brand-new notebook, was already released this month. However, this device has recently received some negative criticism because its base model can’t compete with the outdated MacBook Pro M1 on some scores because of its slower SSD transfer speeds. It will be interesting to see if the MacBook Air M2 experiences the same performance issues as the MacBook Pro M2 in its base configuration. If it occurs, we could advise getting more RAM or storage for your Air because the higher-specced MacBook Pro models don’t seem to have this problem.
The rumor mill suggests that the MacBook Air M2 may not remain Apple’s newest lightweight notebook for long. There have been rumors of a 15-inch MacBook Air model that could be released in the spring of 2019. According to reports, this will expand the Air series’ screen size by over 13 inches for the first time. It may include the speculated Apple M2 Pro processor and the standard M2 silicon. For now, read our hands-on review of the MacBook Air M2 for our initial impressions of this updated MacBook and our pre-ordering instructions if you’d want some advice on where to get the best deals.
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