If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a new Apple MacBook Air with the M2 chip in it, this week is your chance. According to an Apple press release, the new M2 MacBook Air will be available to order from Friday, July 8.
Apple said the M2 MacBook Air will be available from 5 a.m. PT. Customers will receive their orders the following week, July 15.
There was much speculation about when Apple would make the new M2 machines available. The M2 MacBook Air was first unveiled at WWDC 2022 in June, along with a new 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro. But Apple only left us with a cryptic “available later this year” at the time. We got an unintended clue about the dates from YouTuber Marques Brownlee, who runs the MKBHD channel and WaveForm podcast. Still, we waited for an official announcement from Apple, which arrived today.
The M2 MacBook Air has a slimmer design than the previous M1 MacBook Air, but has a larger 13.6-inch liquid retina display. It also includes a 1080p camera and a MagSafe charging port along with two USB-C ports. The new MacBook Air also has the same controversial notch as last year’s MacBook Pros.
The M2 chip isn’t much different from the groundbreaking M1 chip of 2020. It still has the same eight-core CPU, although it’s about 15% more power efficient. The chip is still a 5nm instead of a 3nm due to ongoing lockdowns and delivery issues in China. The M2 also has a new 10-core integrated GPU, instead of the M1’s seven cores.
We’ll have to wait to get our hands on one of these new machines to test the M2 chip.
The M2 MacBook Air is available in four colors: midnight, starlight, silver and space gray. It starts at $1,199 for the base model and goes up from there depending on the configuration. It will be available in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, China and Thailand.
There’s still no word on when the new 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro will be available.