Apple’s MacBook Air with M2 CPU goes on sale July 8, ships July 15

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Apple’s upcoming MacBook Air with M2 processor finally has a ship date. After a slightly longer wait than usual, the new $1,199 laptop will start shipping July 15, with pre-orders opening July 8 at 8 a.m. ET. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar announced next to it at WWDC 2022 is already available. While that familiar-looking model first came out of the gate with the second-generation chip, this MacBook Air offers a lot more that’s new, like a MagSafe charger, 1080p webcam, and a revised design with a larger, notched 13.6-inch. inch inch screen.

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While the new MacBook Air has a lower starting price than its 13-inch Pro counterpart, it is certainly the more colorful and unique. Unlike previous Air laptops, it shifts from a wedge-shaped design to a more conventional slab and comes in a new, darker color.

Brand new MacBook Air with M2 hands-on

In our brief hands-on with a demo unit after the WWDC announcement, the Air’s thinness and lightness were immediately noticeable — it’s just 11mm thick and weighs 2.7 pounds. It now has a notch at the top of the larger display, much like the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, although it seems like a much more attractive concession compared to being stuck with a Touch Bar like the 13-inch Pro with M2.

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Apples macbook air with m2 cpu goes on sale july

The new dark blue color for the MacBook Air, called ‘midnight’, gives the laptop a much darker appearance.
Photo: David Pierce/Media Today Chronicle

We’ll have to see how the new MacBook Air’s specs and design perform when we spend more time on it, though on paper there seems to be a lot of promise.

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