MacBook Air M2: Apple lifts the veil on the date of pre-orders

Apple has just announced the pre-order and delivery dates for the MacBook Air M2. Apple’s new ultraportable will be available for order from July 8 at 2 p.m., for availability set for July 15.

Presented with great fanfare at WWDC 2022, the MacBook Air M2 now has a release date. It will be available for pre-order from Friday July 8 at 2 p.m. (Paris time), for a effective availability on July 15. It is on this date that the laptop will also appear in stores.

MacBook Air M2: from 1,499 euros

Apple specifies that its MacBook Air with the M2 chip comes in four finishes (midnight, starlight, silver, and space gray) and two base configurations. Here are the two models offered by Apple:

  • MacBook Air M2 (8-core CPU, 8-core GPU)8GB Unified Memory, 256GB SSD Storage: €1,499 (or 1,384 euros with the education rate)
  • MacBook Air M2 (8-core CPU, 10-core GPU)8GB Unified Memory, 512GB SSD Storage: €1,849

The main difference comes from the M2 chip and more particularly its graphic part. The version with an 8-core GPU makes its appearance with this model; while the second configuration approaches the variant present in the MacBook Pro M2 with 10 GPU cores. As a reminder, the MacBook Pro M2 is the first Apple machine to offer this new chip. Nevertheless, the arrival of the MacBook Air M2 was highly anticipated.

Indeed, the announcement of the MacBook Air M2 was one of the highlights of the latest edition of Apple’s conference. The ultraportable offers several new features that we were able to discover during our handling. In addition to the presence of a promising Apple Silicon M2 chip, we note the manufacturer’s decision to offer a new design. Closer in shape to the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, the MacBook Air M2 also features a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display with thinner bezels. There is also a new 1080p webcam.

Apple MacBookAir M2
© Apple

This second laptop equipped with the M2 chip has the particularity of not having a fan. Conversely, the 13-inch Pro model has an active cooling system. One of the curiosities will therefore be the behavior of this non-“Pro” machine in managing the temperature. We are also awaiting the deployment of macOS Ventura which will be “available this fall”.

And the options?

In terms of options, this new version can carry 16 or 24 GB of RAM for an additional 230 or 460 euros. Storage can also be increased, with capacities of 512 GB (+230 euros or base); 1 TB (460 euros) and 2 TB (960 euros). Note in passing that the base model with 256 GB includes a 30 W adapter; with the possibility of upgrading to a dual-port charger at 35 W or a 67 W adapter (20 euros each).

The 512 GB version is directly offered with the 35 W dual-port mains adapter. It is still possible to opt, at no additional cost, for the 67 W adapter.

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