Orders for Apple’s new M2 MacBook Air begin July 8

According to a new blog post from the company, Apple will begin taking orders for its newly designed 13.6-inch MacBook Air this Friday, July 8 at 5:00 a.m. PDT. The laptop will arrive at buyers and be available for same-day retail purchases a week later, Friday, July 15.

It will be the second Mac to launch with Apple’s second-generation M2 system-on-a-chip, following the 2020 M1 with significantly faster memory bandwidth and graphics and moderately improved CPU performance.

It’s the same chip found in the 2022 13-inch MacBook Pro, which we recently reviewed. We found that the M2 offered 10 to 15 percent improved CPU performance compared to the M1 and a whopping 40 percent faster GPU performance with the 10-core GPU configuration. Unlike the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air defaults to an eight-core GPU configuration with an optional 10-core upgrade.

The new MacBook Air is also the first in many years to undergo a major chassis redesign and visual makeover, as it abandons the tapered design the Air is known for in favor of a boxy, flat design. The 2022 model is a flat 0.44 inches (1.13 cm) thick, while the 2020 model ranged from 0.16 inches (0.41 cm) to 0.63 inches (1.61 cm) from the thinnest to thickest point.

It also brings back the MagSafe connection of MacBooks of yesteryear, albeit with a different design — the same previously seen in the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro introduced last year. Like those laptops, it has a larger screen with minimal bezels, but an iPhone-like camera notch. And like the recent redesign of the iMac, it comes in a variety of finishes — in this case, Apple calls the finishes silver, space gray, starlight, and midnight.

The 13.6-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,199 for a configuration with an eight-core GPU and 256GB of solid-state storage. Another standard configuration priced at $1,499 is higher than a 10-core GPU and a 512GB SSD. Both come with 8 GB of memory, but you can optionally upgrade to 16 GB or 24 GB at the time of purchase. There are also optional upgrades to 1TB or 2TB of storage.

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