Apple to start shipping MacBook Air (M2) from July 15, leaks suggest

M2 chip, MagSafe charger, and a design overhaul

Apple MacBook Air M2 2022 Price in Nepal
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The rumors were true—Apple’s WWDC 2022 was not just a software event. At the event, Apple announced the latest MacBook Air (2022) with some significant upgrades over its predecessor. It is powered by the Apple M2 chip, has a new design, and other features. Here, we will discuss specs, expected price, and availability of the Apple MacBook Air (M2) in Nepal.

Apple MacBook Air (M2) Overview:

M2 chip

Let’s start with the chip. The new MacBook Air (2022) is the first laptop with the second-gen Apple Silicon M2 chip. Like the M1 chip, the new chip is based on unified memory architecture and focuses on power efficiency. Built on a second-gen 5nm node, Apple M2 has 20 billion transistors.

Apple M2 chip now features eight CPU cores, including new and improved efficiency and performance cores. It is paired with the next-gen GPU, which now has up to 10 cores.

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M2 Chip

In terms of memory, the chip is configurable with up to 24GB of unified memory, with a total bandwidth of 100GB/s. Likewise, SSD storage is configurable with up to 2TB.

Compared to the M1, the M2 chip is 18% faster CPU-wise and 35% faster in GPU. Apple says that the chip can handle 4K and 8K videos better than the original M1 chip because of the new media and ProRes video engines.

New Design

In addition to the internals, Apple has also overhauled the design of the MacBook Air M2. The 2022 model moves away from the traditional wedge design in favor of the MacBook Pro-like look.

It has a metal unibody made out of recycled aluminum. It measures 11.3mm in thickness and about 1.25 kg in weight.

Apple is offering more color options, too. You can now get the MacBook Air M2 in Midnight and Starlight shades in addition to the usual Space Grey and Silver options.

Larger Display

Moving on, Apple MacBook Air M2 now features a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display with thinner bezels. The screen can produce over 1 billion colors and can get bright up to 500 nits.

Apple has cleaned up the space at the top to make room for a menu bar. It results in a bar-shaped notch for the 1080p FaceTime camera.

Apple MacBook Air M2 Display

It offers twice the resolution and low-light performance of the last-gen solution as a result of a larger image sensor and efficient pixel technology.

Audio Setup

Apple MacBook Air (M2) features a quad-speaker setup and a three-mic array. The latter is backed by Apple’s beamforming algorithm. The speakers support Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos. To include all of it in a small chassis, Apple has placed the speaker and audio setup in the space between the display and keyboard

MagSafe Charging

The new MacBook Air also marks the return of MagSafe charging to Apple’s affordable MacBook lineup. A dedicated charging port means users can use the two Thunderbolt Ports for other accessories.

MacBook Air M2 Ports

It even supports 67W USC-C charging that can fill up the 52.6Wh battery to up to 50% in 30 minutes.

However, the adapter is optional. You will only get a 35W power brick in the box. The one in the 10-core GPU variant features two USB-C ports to charge two devices simultaneously.

Rest of the Specs

The M2-powered Apple MacBook Air features a Magic Keyboard with a dedicated function row. It even has space for a Touch ID and a Force Touch trackpad.

Along with the new MacBook Air, Apple even announced macOS Ventura which will come later this year. It will come with a bunch of new features like Stage Manager, Continuity Camera and Handoff for FaceTime, along with substantial improvements to Safari, Mail, Messages, Spotlight, and more.

Apple MacBook Air M2 Magic Keyboard

Apple MacBook Air M2 (2022) Specifications:

  • Dimension: 0.16-0.63H x 11.97W x 8.36D-inches, 1.29kg
  • Display: 13.6-inch Liquid Retina IPS display; True Tone technology; P3 Wide Color; 500 nits
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels; 16:10 aspect ratio
  • CPU: Apple M1 chip (Octa-core, 5nm)
  • GPU: 8/10 cores
  • RAM: up to 24GB of unified memory
  • Storage: up to 2TB SSD
  • OS: macOS Monterey
  • Keyboard: Backlit Magic Keyboard
  • Camera: 1080p FaceTime HD camera
  • Ports: 2x USB-C Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, 3.5mm headphone jack, MagSafe 3 port
  • Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Battery: 52.6Whr LiPo Battey; 67W USB-C power adapter
  • Color options: Space Grey, Silver, Midnight, Starlight

Apple MacBook Air M2 Price in Nepal and Availability

The MacBook Air M2 has a starting price of $1,299 in the US for the 8/256GB variant. Apple has not given any specific timeline but as per leaks the MacBook Air M2 will be available for purchase from July 15. Likewise, pre-orders will commence from July 8.

We expect the price of the Apple MacBook Air M2 to start at NPR 190,000 when it launches later in Nepal.

 

Apple MacBook Air (M2)  Price in the US (Official)  Price in Nepal (Expected) 
8/256GB, 8-core GPU  $ 1,199  NPR 190,000 
8/256GB, 10-core GPU  $ 1,499  NPR 238,000

 

Apple MacBook Air M2: Opinion

While the MacBook Air M2 is yet to go through real-life tests, currently it stands as the better of the two M2-powered MacBooks. Apple decision to recycle old design with new chip on the MacBook Pro 13 certainly has not added to it appeal.

For just around USD 100 more, the MacBook Air offers a 1080p webcam, a new quad-speaker setup, a dedicated MagSafe connector and physical function keys.

  • Meanwhile, check out our review of the MacBook Pro 16 (2021).