During its annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple revealed the new MacBook Air alongside the latest M2 chip.
The 2022 MacBook Air sports a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display with 2560 by 1664 resolution, 500 nits brightness, support for 1 billion colors (P3 wide color), and True Tone technology. The new design is flatter but the overall volume has been reduced to 25%.
Powering it is the new Apple M2 chip, which comes with an 8-core CPU (4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores), 8 or 10-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, and 100GB/s unified memory bandwidth. It also boasts a Media Engine that features Hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW, Video decode engine, Video Encode engine, and ProRes encode and decode engine.
The M2 chip is paired with up to 24GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage. The base model has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Moreover, the new MacBook Air has support for MagSafe 3 charging port, 2x Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB 4, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also connects with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
Battery life is rated for 18 hours of video playback. The base model (8-core GPU) comes with a 30W USB-C Power adapter while the M2 with a 10-core GPU variant comes with the new 35W Dual USB-C Port Compact Power Adapter. It is also updated to support Fast Charging with the 67W USB-C adapter.
Other features include a quad-speaker system integrated into the frame that supports Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, a three-microphone array, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID Force Touch trackpad, and a 1080 FaceTime HD with an Advanced image signal processor with computational video.
The laptop measures 1.13 x 30.41 x 21.5 cm and weighs 1.24kg. The colors available are Midnight, Starlight, Silver, or Space Gray.
Pricing and Availability
- 8-Core GPU + 256GB SSD – PHP 69,990
- 10-Core GPU + 512GB SSD – PHP 87,990
Based on Apple’s Philippine Website, the new MacBook Air is not yet available to order.
You can check the listing here.