New Apple MacBook Air (2022), features, price and data sheet

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The leaks that predicted that today Apple would not present only news derived from its software were right. Those from Cupertino have taken advantage of the celebration of the WWDC22 (Worldwide Developers Conference 2022) to announce the arrival of the new MacBook Air equipped with the also fresh out of the M2 processor oven.

However, this is by no means the only interesting novelty built into this laptop. Also, Apple has redesigned it to make it slimmer than its predecessors (it’s just 11mm thick and weighs less than 1.3kg), and along the way, it’s brought back the MagSafe connector that some users may have been missing.

What those from Cupertino have promised us during the presentation of this laptop sounds good. Its 13.6-inch screen has a maximum brightness delivery capacity of 500 nits and manages to reproduce, according to Apple, more than a billion colors. And, in addition, this review of the MacBook Air bets on a FaceTime camera with notch and 1080p resolution. We can be sure that this team will not leave anyone indifferent.

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Apple MacBook Air (2022): technical specifications

features

screen

13.6-inch IPS Liquid Retina LCD (2560 x 1664 dots), 500 nits and True Tone color reproduction technology

processor

Apple M2 with 8 CPU cores (4 high-performance and 4 high-efficiency), 8 GPU cores, 16-core Neural Engine, and 100 GB/s memory bandwidth

principal memory

8 GB of unified memory (configurable up to 24 GB)

storage

256GB SSD (configurable with up to 2TB SSD)

sound

four speakers

Spatial audio support when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos on the built-in speakers

Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking when using AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max

Three-microphone array with directional beamforming technology

camera

Facetime HD 1080p

connectivity

1 x MagSafe 3, 2 x Thunderbolt/USB 4 and 1 x 3.5mm jack

wireless connectivity

WiFi 6

Bluetooth 5.0

operating system

macOS Monterey

drums

52.6 watt hour lithium polymer battery

30W USB-C Power Adapter (included with M2 with 8-core GPU)

35W Dual Port USB-C Power Adapter (included with M2 10-core GPU 512GB capacity, optional with M2 8-core GPU)

autonomy

Up to 18 hours of video playback in the Apple TV app

Up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing

colors

Silver, Star White, Space Gray and Midnight

dimensions

304.1 x 215 x 11.3mm

weight

1.24kg

price

€1,519 (256GB)

€1,869 (512GB)

New design and M2 processor to stand out from its predecessors

This revision of the MacBook Air is one of the most groundbreaking in recent years, and not only because it incorporates the new M2 processor. apple has decided reimagine your aesthetic bet, betting on straight lines and a somewhat more sober style. Plus, this gear comes in four colors: Silver, Space Grey, Starlight, and Midnight. We already know how those responsible for marketing of the brands when it comes to baptizing the colors of their proposals.

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On the other hand, the M2 processor kicks off the second generation of Apple’s M chip family, and, according to this brand, maintains its commitment to performance per watt with the purpose of giving us high productivity and, at the same time, prolonged autonomy. The version of the M2 chip built into this MacBook Air features 8 CPU cores with improvements that, on paper, increase the performance of both the high-efficiency and high-performance cores.

The version of the M2 chip built into this MacBook Air features 8 CPU cores with enhancements that increase the performance of both the high-efficiency and high-performance cores.

The graphics logic has also been redesigned, so that the M2 processor incorporates 10 GPU cores, two more than those integrated in the M1 processor. In addition, the interface that allows access to the unified memory subsystem reaches a maximum transfer speed of 100 GB/s (this equipment can incorporate a maximum of 24 GB of unified memory).

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As far as secondary storage is concerned, this laptop in its most ambitious version will incorporate an SSD with a capacity of 2 TB. And, in addition, Apple has confirmed something that we could guess: its cooling system is completely passive, so does not incorporate fans. Obviously this feature helps to reduce its noise-emitting capabilities, but it will be interesting to see how hot the M2 processor reaches under stress when we get a chance to review it.

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The MagSafe connector returns to the MacBook Air

We have to confess: we did not foresee this. Yes, this magnetic connector returns to the MacBook Air, something that some users may appreciate and others will look askance. In any case, here we have it again. In addition, this laptop also incorporates two Thunderbolt ports and a type connector Jack of 3.5 mm that, according to Apple, can work side by side with high impedance headphones.

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More features worth not to overlook. This MacBook Air offers us a FaceTime camera with 1080p resolution that is housed in a notch located in the center of the top edge of the screen. According to Apple, the sensor of this camera incorporates larger photodiodes than in previous revisions of this laptop, so its performance in spaces with low ambient light should be better.

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Finally, Apple has also given us some interesting clues about the sound that this laptop promises us. Inside the chassis and in the space between the keyboard and the screen reside both the four speakers that incorporates this equipment such as the three microphones that it integrates to pick up ambient sound.

According to this brand, the distribution of the speakers manages to recreate a wider stereo image and reproduces the voices with a high level of detail. One more point: this revision of the MacBook Air incorporates sound technology Spatial-Audio and can process Dolby Atmos content.

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Apple MacBook Air (2022): price and availability

Apple has confirmed that the new MacBook Air with M2 processor will hit stores during the month of July with the following prices:

  • 256GB: €1,519
  • 512GB: €1,869

The leaks that predicted that today Apple would not present only news derived from its software were right. Those from…

The leaks that predicted that today Apple would not present only news derived from its software were right. Those from…

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