Apple revealed today that orders for the new MacBook Air with the M2 chip will be accepted beginning on Friday, July 8 at 5 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple announced that customer shipping and in-store availability would start on Friday, July 15.
Exclusive information from MacRumors indicated that Apple would introduce the new MacBook Air on July 15; Apple has since confirmed this information. The MacBook Air may be ordered from the Apple Store app or Apple.com.
With a slightly larger 13.6-inch display, a notch, smoother corners, and new Starlight and Midnight color options, the new MacBook Air has undergone significant change. The laptop has four speakers, a high-impedance 3.5mm headphone connector, two Thunderbolt 3 connections, an improved 1080p camera, MagSafe charging, and more.
In comparison to the M1 processor, Apple claims the M2 chip offers up to an 18% faster CPU, up to a 35% faster GPU, and up to a 40% faster Neural Engine. The MacBook Air can be configured with up to 24GB of unified memory using the M2 chip, as opposed to a maximum of 16GB with the M1 chip. The laptop can be ordered with an SSD of up to 2TB.
The new MacBook Air has a starting price of $1,199 in the US. The M1-equipped MacBook Air from the previous model is still on sale for $999.