the price jump compared to the M1 is huge

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The opening talk of the WWDC 2022 has served to present the news of iOS 16, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9 or iPadOS 16, but there has also been a absolute protagonist in the hardware field: the new MacBook Air M2 (2022).

This team is a total renovation of the traditional model: inside the promising Apple M2 chip debuts, and the redesign of its exterior is also remarkable. The bad new: costs noticeably more than its predecessor.

If you want the new, you will have to pay (a lot) for it

The redesign of the MacBook Air M2 (2022) is of course radical: left behind the traditional wedge profile of the MacBook Air that has accompanied us for more than a decade and has inspired a multitude of competing teams.

Cradle

Goodbye to that wedge-shaped side of the traditional MacBook Air. Sniff sniff.

In addition, the MacBook Air has a new 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display (vs. previous 13.3-inch models), MagSafe connector, two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, and a new 1080p webcam.

To all these external changes is added the inclusion of the new Apple M2, the second generation chip that makes a significant qualitative leap compared to its predecessor and that poses a promising performance improvement.

All these advantages, however, will not come cheap. Apple has decided to raise the price significantly on these computers, and if we take the base model as a reference, the comparison between the MacBook Air M1 (2020) and the MacBook Air M2 (2022) is clear when looking at the launch prices:

  • MacBook Air M1 (2020): €1,129 (now 1,219)
  • MacBook Air M2 (2022): €1,519

The difference is 390 eurosa significant amount that of course seems to make it clear that the MacBook Air is no longer nearly as affordable as its predecessor was in that and previous generations.

Not long ago the strip of 1,500 euros belonged to the MacBook Pro, but this new model makes a significant leap in this section. In the United States the price difference exists too but is smaller:

  • MacBook Air M1 (2020): $999 (now 999)
  • MacBook Air M2 (2022): $1,199

Wait, what happened to the price of the MacBook Air M1 (2020)?

We have not only discovered how the price has risen especially in Spain and other European countries between the new MacBook Air M2 (2022) and the old MacBook Air M1 (2020): what we had not realized is that the official price of this latest has risen without warning.

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In fact, Apple no longer sells it at 1,129 euros, and for a few months its sale price is 1,219 euros. Apple’s official website so indicatesbut if we do a quick search in The Internet Archive we can see how at least on February 10 the price it was 1,129 euros. On the 16th of that month the price had changed and it already was of 1,219 euros.

The change occurred during the second week of February 2022: until then the price had been the original launch price, but Apple changed it for some reason on those dates, and since then in the official store the price tag marks those 90 euros more.

It is true that in other stores it is possible to find the MacBook Air M1 (2020) at much lower prices, but in any case that increase in the official price is surprising taking into account that it is a team with almost two years of antiquity that theoretically should see how its price goes down, it does not go up.

The opening talk of the WWDC 2022 has served to present the news of iOS 16, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9…

The opening talk of the WWDC 2022 has served to present the news of iOS 16, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9…

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