Apple has announced the MacBook Air M2 – a grand redesign with the firm’s latest silicon – will be available to pre-order later this week.
The 13.6-inch laptop was announced at WWDC 2022 last month with Apple promising an on-sale date in July.
We now know the complete selling arrangements with pre-orders commencing at 1pm UK time July 8, with the laptop officially becoming available a week later on Friday July 15. That’s in-line with reports from last week.
Prices start at £1249, ranging up to £1549 for the 10-core GPU with 512GB of storage. The pricing is a considerable increase over the legacy M1 model, which starts at £999. If you can’t stomach the £250 hike the MacBook Air M1 model will remain available.
This is one of the models Mac users have been waiting for, with a newly revamped chassis, the latest Apple Silicon chips, MagSafe charging and up to 18 hours of battery life. Apple says the M2 promises 18% boosts in CPU performance and 35% graphics improvements if buyers opt for the 10-core model.
There’s a 13.6-inch display, a 1080p FaceTime camera, and a nice blue-ish midnight shade to join the silver, starlight and space grey hues. While the design is more akin to what we’d expect from a MacBook Pro, rather than a MacBook Air, Apple says there’s a 20% reduction in volume compared to the previous generation.
Apple is including a pair of Thunderbolt ports alongside the MagSafe charging port, while there is a 3.5mm audio jack. Touch ID is on the keyboard too. There’s four-speaker sound, with support for Spatial Audio via Dolby Atmos.