Apple’s MacBook Air has been a much loved notebook. Its sleek, slim form with teardrop-shaped edges has inspired virtually every other slim laptop on the go. Being more affordable than Apple’s more professional-oriented MacBook Pro laptops, the MacBook Air has been the choice for general users and students alike for whom the portability of this light-as-air machine has been an especially appealing aspect.
MacBook Air doesn’t automatically get major updates and redesigns every year. When that happens, like in 2022, there’s a lot of interest in that. The tech media still can’t see it, but there’s still plenty of information about it to gather for those who might be considering buying it in the near future.
At the Apple Store, the 2022 MacBook Air is now available for pre-order and Apple says it will begin reaching customers worldwide starting Friday, July 15th. Liquid Retina) and four finishes: Midnight, Starlight, Silver and Space Gray. The notebook is apparently thinner (just 11.3mm) from all angles and just 2.7 pounds of light, despite an all-aluminium body. Apple says it has a 20% reduction in overall volume over the previous generation. Following the new design philosophy, the new Air has a more square look like some of Apple’s other products. It’s in a new chassis.
The MacBook Air’s screen is larger with thinner bezels. It’s also brighter at 500 nits. There’s also an upgraded FaceTime HD 1080p camera with what Apple says is twice the resolution and low-light performance of the previous generation. On the audio front, it has a four-speaker system. To fit within this slim design, speakers and microphones are integrated between the keyboard and display. An array of three microphones captures clean audio using advanced beamforming algorithms. MacBook Air also supports immersive spatial audio for music and movies with Dolby Atmos.
Most significantly, the MacBook Air switches to the new M2 chip. As is always the case with Apple, if you need to ask the tech specs, you’ve lost the battle. But for the geeks, the M2 has an 8-core CPU with up to a 10-core GPU. Add to that up to 24GB of RAM and you’ve got some power in your hands. What was once a machine just for everyday work has now evolved into a machine that can handle a variety of tasks, including demanding tasks like video editing and playing 4K and 8K streams.
With all that power, you have to think about battery life. The good news in the case of the new Air, the battery is said to last over 18 hours. There are options for chargers too, as you can get the standard 30W charger or, better yet, the dual 35W USB-C, allowing you to charge the Air and one more device. You can also opt for the 67W charger, which supports fast charging and charges the Air to 50% in just 30 minutes. MagSafe is also back.
Rumor has it that the M2 is being throttled in mid-air to avoid heat, but despite this the review units abroad haven’t warmed up. There are also some discussions about slowing down the SSD used. However, it’s real-world testing and long-term use that will tell us the most. It’s certainly a good idea to read the reviews before opting for the MacBook Air. Prices start at ₹1,19,900 and ₹1,09,900 for students.
July 9, 2022