Apple Launches New MacBook Air With M2 Chip, Refresh Design, and Display Notch

The new MacBook Air will start at ₹ 1,19,900 in India and $1,199 in the US.

At the Worldwide Developers Conference 2022, Apple unveiled its latest MacBook, the 2022 MacBook Air. It is powered by Apple’s new M2 chip, which succeeds the M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra in Apple’s stable of powerful processors. The new MacBook Air will start at ₹ 1,19,900 in India and $1,199 in the US.

Not just this, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is also receiving the M2 update and will sell for ₹ 1,29,990.

According to Apple, the MacBook Air is the world’s best-selling laptop and comes in 4 colour variants of silver, space grey and the new “starlight” and ‘midnight” trims. In terms of physical dimensions, it sees a 20% reduction in volume and is 11.3 mm thin. Further, it is under half an inch thick and weighs about 1.2 kgs. It also has a larger Retina display with a notch spanning 13.6 inches with much smaller bezels. It peaks at 500 nits of brightness and has a silent, fan-less design.

The design has also moved on from the regular wedge shape to a more conventional, squared-off look.

Under the hood, Apple claims the M2 will be 1.9x faster than the “latest 10-core PC laptop chip”. The M2 is powered by new performance and efficiency cores. It also has 100Gbps of memory bandwidth and support for 24GB of unified memory. To put things in perspective, this means the M2 has 50 percent more memory bandwidth than the M1.

In terms of cores, the M2 has four performance cores and four high-efficiency cores along with 16MB cache on the performance cores and 4MB cache on the efficiency cores.

The MacBook Air will also get a 1080p FaceTime HD webcam along with new mics and speakers that are capable of supporting Dolby Atmos.

In terms of I/O, the MacBook Air gets two USB Type-C/Thunderbolt ports and a new power adapter that Apple claims can charge the new MacBook Air entirely in under 20 minutes.

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