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Apple’s New MacBook Air Adds A Faster M2 Chip For $ 1,199

This story is part of WWDC 2022. covers full coverage of Apple’s annual developer conference.

The redesigned MacBook Air was one of the main announcements at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday. The lightweight MacBook, which hasn’t been updated since late 2020, now features a second-generation Apple Silicon chip called the M2, a fanless chassis available in four colors, and a new 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display.

The new 13.6-inch MacBook Air for 2022 follows the design of the current MacBook Pro 14 model and the 16-inch Pro released late last year. As such, it has a square-rectangular profile reminiscent of a retro feel rather than a slightly curved hood that tapers to the point that it once gave the Air a wedge shape.

The Air 2022 did not receive all the additional ports for the 2021 Pro model. No SD card slot, no HDMI output for external display, just two USB-C Thunderbolt ports. However, the updated Air comes with MagSafe charging.

The new fanless chassis is available in four colors: silver, space gray, starlight and midnight. The laptop is only 11.3mm thick and weighs just 1.2kg. The new 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display is 25% brighter than its predecessor, reaches 500 nits and supports 1 billion colors.

Above the screen is an updated 1080p camera connected to an array of three microphones and a four-speaker sound system. This would really improve video calling. Apple says it will also support Dolby Atmos spatial audio. The Magic Keyboard features function keys with Touch ID and a large Force Touch control panel.

With Apple’s new M2 chip, Final Cut Pro is about 40% faster than M1 Air and Photoshop is up to 20% faster. Battery life is up to 18 hours for video playback and can be charged up to 50% in 30 minutes with the optional 67W power supply.

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The redesigned MacBook Air M2 starts at $ 1,199 (£ 1,249, AU $ 1,899) in July with the M2 having an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD. The $ 1,499 version has an M2 chip with an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, 8GB of memory, and a 512GB SSD. The MacBook Air M1 also remains in the range for $ 999 (£ 999, AU $ 1499).

For more details, check out everything Apple announced at WWDC, from macOS Ventura to iOS 16. Also, here’s what you need to know about the new MacBook Pro.

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