Apple began pre-ordering the M2 MacBook Air on Friday. If you’re planning to buy this redesigned Mac, you’re really in luck if you want to have it delivered to your place next Friday, July 15th.
Delivery of all models can take at least two weeks. Right now, the Midnight M2 MacBook Air with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage is the most popular option—or at least the hardest one to get—with an estimated shipment of 4 out of 5 weeks.
Other midnight options, for example, will take about 2-3 weeks to deliver. For those who aren’t interested in the new M2 MacBook Air option, the reliable base Space Gray model still ships in 1-2 weeks from now. The Starlight model is also found with 8GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage with the same delivery dates.
The new MacBook Air features the most significant design change to the MacBook Air line in a decade, with a uniformly flat chassis, larger display, and thinner screen bezels. Like the 2021 MacBook Pro, the front camera is now located inside a display hole. The M2 chip improves CPU and GPU performance, about 20% faster than the already fast M1 MacBook Air.
Apple says complex workloads such as video editing in Final Cut or applying filters in Photoshop are 20-40% faster than the M1 MacBook Air, and an order of magnitude faster for customers upgrading from older Intel-based Air devices. And all that power shouldn’t come at the cost of battery life; Apple says customers should be able to get up to 18 hours of continuous video playback on a single charge.
For those who didn’t hang out with the new M2 MacBook Air yesterday, there’s also a chance to get one in person when orders finally start next Friday, July 15.
Are you planning to get this machine? And if you did, which model would you choose? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, and don’t forget to vote in our poll here.
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