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The Apple MacBook Air brings performance to the masses with its new M2 chip

There are few laptops that can check boxes quite like Apple’s Macbook Air can. After all, portability, efficiency, design, and performance are all key factors in determining whether or not you’ll be willing to glued to a machine for hours on end, every single day, and it always ticks all of them.

Now, the Macbook Air has seen some variations throughout its 14-year life cycle, but its latest iteration promises to set a new bar in terms of what a laptop can do – all within its incredibly sleek 13.6 inch wide, 11.3mm thin body. 

Read on for what you can expect of the new 2022 Apple Macbook Air.

M2 Chip

 

We’ll address the biggest change to the world’s best-selling laptop first: the M2 chip. After a promising start with the M1 chip in the previous generation, Apple sought to raise the standards yet again with the M2, which allowed them to engineer this one to become a portable powerhouse. 

The new MacBook Air with M2 features a more powerful 8-core CPU and up to 10-core GPU for even better efficiency, and adds a next-generation media engine with a powerful ProRes video engine that allows it to play back more streams of 4K and 8K video than before. Because of this efficiency, the laptop can also handle more intensive workloads like applying effects in Photoshop or editing complex timelines in Final Cut Pro, delivering up to 40 percent faster speeds than its previous generations, and a whopping 15 times faster for those who still haven’t made the switch to Apple silicon. 

Design

Apple’s M2 chip is so integral to the 2022 Macbook Air, that even its design is influenced by it. With great efficiency comes great space savings, so the laptop managed to stay true to its “Air” nomenclature by being only 11.3mm thin and weighing only 1.2kg – 20 percent lighter than its previous generation. It also no longer needs a fan, so expect complete silence when working. 

If you’ve tripped over your Macbook only to see your laptop getting dragged down to hell with you, you’re not alone. So it is with great pleasure that we announce that MagSafe charging is finally back. The ingenious solution connects your charging cable to your laptop via magnet, so any slight pull – or trip – will immediately disconnect the laptop, keeping it unscathed.

The new Macbook Air here has also ditched its wedge design, and now comes in an all-aluminium case that’s the same thickness from front to back. Expect two new colours in addition to silver and space grey: a chic champagne colour called starlight, and an ultra sophisticated, almost-black one called midnight.

MacBook Air m2 2022

Retina Display is, of course, the standard here, this time offering 500 nits of brightness to be 25 percent brighter than before. The screen also supports 1 billion colours, so expect your photos and movies to look more vibrant than ever. You’ll be able to enjoy this screen upgrade better now too it’s been expanded closer to the sides and up around the camera, giving you a larger display and a thinner bezel.

Those who enjoy the Magic Keyboard will also be pleased to learn that it’ll feature a full-height function row with Touch ID for easy signing in, and a generous Force Touch trackpad.

Advanced camera, better audio

With a 1080p FaceTime HD camera that offers twice the resolution and supports low-light environments, the new Macbook Air makes video calls even more intuitive – for better of worse, since it’ll be harder to mask that zit you just got. A four-speaker sound system and upgraded mic system will also ensure you can hear and be heard, so no more shouting over the laptop during those conference calls. 

Spatial Audio is also supported on the laptop so you’ll get an even more immersive experience when watching your favourite tv shows and movies. 

The all-new MacBook Air is available on the Apple e-store and in stores and Apple Authorised Resellers, with prices that start at S$1,699 and S$1,549 (for education). 

The Apple MacBook Air brings performance to the masses with its new M2 chip

Shatricia Nair

Managing Editor

Shatricia Nair has a passion for motoring, beauty, and wellness, and is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, retinols, and latest fitness trends. She has nine years of experience writing for digital media, and her bylines have appeared in Prestige, and Augustman. She'll do (almost) anything for good chocolate chip cookies.


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