Apple WWDC 2022: MacBook Air with M2 Processor launched

Apple WWDC 2022: Apple launches MacBook Air with M2 processor during the WWDC 2022 event.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 12:56 IST
MacBook Air
Apple MacBook Air with M2 Processor.  (Apple)
MacBook Air
Apple MacBook Air with M2 Processor.  (Apple)

Apple WWDC 2022: Apple on Monday, June 6, 2022 introduced a completely redesigned MacBook Air and an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, both powered by the new M2 chip. MacBook Air also features a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, four-speaker sound system, up to 18 hours of battery life,1 and MagSafe charging. It is now available in four finishes — silver, space gray, midnight, and starlight. 

M2 also comes to the 13-inch MacBook Pro— delivering great performance, up to 24GB of unified memory, ProRes acceleration, and up to 20 hours of battery life, all in a compact design. It can be noted that both the laptops will be available next month (July). The all-new MacBook Air and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro will be available on and in the Apple Store app. 

MacBook Air with M2 starts at Rs. 1,19,900 and Rs. 1,09,900 for education. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 starts at Rs. 1,29,900 and Rs. 1,19,900 for education. 

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Here is all you need to know: 

All-New MacBook Air: Redesigned Around M2

The all new MacBook Air measures 11.3 mm and weighs 2.7 pounds, and features an all-aluminum unibody enclosure. With the power efficiency of M2, all of the capabilities of MacBook Air are built into a silent, fanless design. In addition to silver and space gray, MacBook Air is now available in two new finishes — midnight and starlight.

MagSafe returns to MacBook Air, giving users a dedicated charging port that is easy to connect, while protecting MacBook Air when it is plugged in by quickly releasing if the charging cable is accidentally pulled. MacBook Air also features two Thunderbolt ports for connecting a variety of accessories, and a 3.5 mm audio jack with support for high-impedance headphones. Additionally, the Magic Keyboard features a full-height function row with Touch ID, and a spacious, industry-leading Force Touch trackpad.

New 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display

The new MacBook Air features a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, which has been expanded closer to the sides and up around the camera to make room for the menu bar. At 500 nits of brightness, it is also 25 percent brighter than before. In addition, the new display now supports 1 billion colors, so photos and movies look incredibly vibrant.

1080p FaceTime HD Camera and Four-Speaker Sound System

MacBook Air includes a new 1080p FaceTime HD camera with a larger image sensor and more efficient pixels. MacBook Air also features a four-speaker sound system. To fit inside such a thin design, the speakers and mics are completely integrated between the keyboard and display. MacBook Air also supports immersive Spatial Audio for music and movies with Dolby Atmos.

For intensive workloads like editing complex timelines in Final Cut Pro, performance is nearly 40 percent faster than the previous generation, and up to 15x faster for customers that haven't upgraded to Apple silicon, as per the information provided by Apple. 

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Applying filters and effects in apps like Adobe Photoshop is up to 20 percent faster than before, and up to 5x faster for customers that haven't yet upgraded to Apple silicon. And even with a larger display and increased performance, MacBook Air delivers all-day battery life, with up to 18 hours of video playback.

New Charging Options

MacBook Air offers a number of charging options, including an all-new 35W compact power adapter with two USB-C ports, so users can charge two devices at once. And for the first time, MacBook Air supports fast charge for charging up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with an optional 67W USB-C power adapter.

13-inch MacBook Pro with M2

With an active cooling system, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is designed to sustain its pro performance. MacBook Pro also supports up to 24GB of unified memory — along with 50 percent more memory bandwidth. The 13-inch MacBook Pro delivers battery life with up to 20 hours of video playback.

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First Published Date: 06 Jun, 23:52 IST