Apple unveils all-new MacBook Air, with the power of the new M2 chip


Apple unveils all-new MacBook Air, with the power of the new M2 chip

Apple today introduced the redesigned  MacBook Air  and the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, the 13-inch MacBook Pro,  both powered by the new M2 chip, bringing the performance and capabilities of the unparalleled M1 chip to the next level. MacBook Air takes everything users love about the world’s best-selling laptop to new heights. In addition to an all-new ultra-thin design and powerful performance, MacBook Air also features a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, a four-speaker audio system, up to 18 hours of battery life, 1  and MagSafe charging. And now it’s available in four colors — silver, space gray, night sky and starlight.  M2 chip is also available for MacBook Pro The world’s second best-selling 13-inch device, with up to 24GB of combined memory, ProRes format acceleration, and up to 20 hours of battery life, 2 All in an ultra-compact design. The new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro join the more powerful 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro equipped with the M1 Pro chip and M1 Max chip to complete the most powerful Mac notebook ever. The two laptops will be available next month.

“We are very excited to bring the new M2 chip to two of the world’s most popular laptops – the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of global marketing. Faster, bigger screen, better camera, all-day battery life, and it’s available in four beautiful colors. Such a thin and light notebook with a fanless design and combination of performance and capabilities can only be built with an Apple silicon chip. The M2 chip for the 13-inch MacBook Pro also comes with superior performance, ProRes format acceleration, up to 24GB of memory, and up to 20 hours of battery life, making the portable professional notebook even better.”

The M2 chip powers the most popular Apple systems

The M2 starts the second generation of Apple’s M-series chipset and expands the amazing features of the M1 chip. With this chip’s industry-leading power efficiency, unified memory design, and custom technologies, this new chip delivers better performance and capabilities for the most popular Mac notebooks. At Apple — MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The M2 chip features a new-generation octa-core CPU with performance and efficiency improvements, and a new-generation Apple GPU, now with up to 10 cores, two more than the M1 chip. The M2 chip provides 100GB/s unified memory bandwidth and supports fast unified memory up to 24GB, so it can easily accomplish larger and more complex tasks.

The all-new MacBook Air redesigned specifically for the M2 chip

Built from the ground up to fit the M2 chip, MacBook Air has an all-new design that’s ultra-thin at every angle — just 11.3mm thick and weighing just 1.2kg, the all-aluminium one-piece chassis feels solid and durable. The components of this thin and light design are combined efficiently, resulting in a staggering 20 percent reduction in volume. And thanks to the energy-efficient M2 chip, all the capabilities of MacBook Air are integrated into a silent, fanless design. In addition to silver and space gray, MacBook Air is now available in two new colors, night sky and starlight.

The MagSafe port has been brought back into the MacBook Air, giving users a dedicated easy-to-connect charging port that protects the MacBook Air when plugged into a power source, detaching quickly if the charging cable is accidentally pulled. MacBook Air also comes with two Thunderbolt ports for connecting a variety of accessories, and a 3.5mm audio jack that supports high-impedance headphones. In addition, the Magic Keyboard features a row of full-height function keys with Touch ID sensor and an expansive, industry-leading Force Touch trackpad.

New 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display

The new MacBook Air comes with a gorgeous 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, which has been expanded to the sides of the screen and above and around the camera to make room for the menu bar. The result is a screen with much thinner bezels, giving users more room to view their content in great detail. And at 500 nits of brightness, it’s also 25 percent brighter than before. Plus, the new screen now supports 1 billion colors, so photos and movies look incredibly lifelike.

FaceTime HD 1080p camera and four-speaker audio system

MacBook Air includes a new FaceTime HD 1080p camera with a larger image sensor and more efficient pixels, giving you twice the clarity and low-light performance of the previous generation. And when these capabilities are combined with the processing power of the image signal processor developed in the M2 chip, it will make users look their best during video calls.

MacBook Air also features a four-speaker audio system. Speakers and microphones are fully integrated between the keyboard and screen to fit into this slim design, all while delivering a higher quality audio experience. An array of three microphones clearly captures sound using advanced algorithms with beamforming technology, while the speakers produce stereo separation and pure sound. MacBook Air also supports immersive spatial audio for Dolby Atmos music and movies.

Much better performance for MacBook Air

The M2 chip takes MacBook Air performance to the next level.
  • For more complex and demanding tasks like adjusting complex timelines in Final Cut Pro, performance is up to 40 percent faster than the previous generation3 and up to 15x faster for customers who haven’t upgraded to Apple silicon chips.4
  •  Using filters and effects in apps like Adobe Photoshop is now up to 20 percent faster, 5 and up to 5x faster for customers who haven’t upgraded to Apple silicon chips.6
  • Despite the larger screen size and improved performance, MacBook Air offers the same great all-day battery life with up to 18 hours of video playback.

New Shipping Options

MacBook Air offers multiple charging options, including an all-new 35W built-in power adapter with two USB-C ports, so users can charge two devices simultaneously. For the first time, MacBook Air supports fast charging to jump to 50 percent charge in 30 minutes thanks to an optional 67W USB-C power adapter. 7

13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Chip

Users love the performance of the 13-inch MacBook Pro in its miniature design, and now with the M2 chip, Apple’s most portable professional notebook is packed with more capabilities in the same great shape.

  • With a faster 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU, working with RAW images in apps like Affinity Photo is up to 40 percent faster than the previous generation,  8  and up to 3.4x faster for users upgrading from the Affinity Photo model. Not equipped with an Apple silicon chip. 9
  • Games that require powerful graphics performance like Baldur’s Gate 3 are now nearly 40 percent faster than the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro, 10  and up to 3.3x faster for customers upgrading from a non-Apple silicon model. 11
  • And with an active cooling system, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is built to maintain its professional performance.
  • Thanks to the M2 chip, the 13-inch MacBook Pro also supports up to 24GB of combined memory, with 50 percent more bandwidth, making multitasking and handling large files a breeze.
  • With support for ProRes encoding and decoding in the M2 chip media engine, users can playback up to 11 streams of 4K and up to two streams of 8K ProRes video, 12  and can convert video projects to ProRes at nearly 3x faster speed than before. 13
  • The 13-inch MacBook Pro offers incredible battery life, with up to 20 hours of video playback.

macOS Monterey

With macOS Monterey and an Apple silicon chip, MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro deliver higher performance and productivity to users, Continuity tools like Universal Controls make it easier for users to work seamlessly across Mac and iPad, and AirPlay on a Mac lets users play any Almost anything from their iPhone or iPad right onto your Mac’s gorgeous Retina display. FaceTime includes audio and video features including Portrait mode and spatial audio to make calls more realistic and lifelike, and SharePlay lets Mac users share experiences via FaceTime. 14  The Live Text feature and the global visual search feature use smart technology to show useful information, Safari includes powerful tab organization by tab groups, and the Shortcuts app makes it easy to control automation on Macs.

Coming this fall, macOS Ventura will make the most of the M2 chip, introducing new features including interface organizer, powerful new capabilities with the Continuity Camera and FaceTime’s Handoff feature. macOS also includes major updates for Safari, Email, Messages, Spotlight, and more.

More environmentally friendly

The new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro are reducing their environmental footprint, because 100% recycled rare earth elements are now used in the enclosure and magnets. The MacBook Air chassis is made of 100% recycled aluminum and is the first Apple product to use certified recycled steel. Both products meet Apple’s high standards for energy efficiency, are free of many hazardous substances, and the wood fibers used in their packaging come from responsibly managed forests. Apple is now carbon-neutral in its operations around the world, and plans to reduce its net climate impact to zero across all of its businesses by 2030, including manufacturing supply chains and all product lifecycles. This means that every chip created by Apple’s Mac, from design to manufacture, will be 100 percent carbon-neutral.

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