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Apple unveils new M2-powered 13-inch Macbook Air and Macbook Pro

WWDC 2022 is over. And this year wasn’t exactly like every other year. WWDC has traditionally been a software-focused event. But this year there was not one, but two hardware releases. As rumors suggest, Apple has released two new MacBooks for its 2022 lineup, the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro, both of which will be the first devices to be powered by Apple’s new M2 chip. Its predecessor, the M1, was way ahead of the competition anyway. M2 goes even further.

Let’s take a closer look at these two launches.

MacBook Air 2022, starting at $1,199

The more interesting of the two, MacBook Air has seen a few design changes this year. Moving away from the traditional corner-inspired design, the device takes on a bolder, square form factor. While the bezels around the screen are slimmer compared to last year’s model, the device has a very prominent rectangular notch, housing the front camera and other components. The design evolved into the 14-inch MacBook Pro. The device is 11mm thick and weighs 2.7 pounds.

Following classic Apple tradition, the MacBook Air won’t feature too many ports, with a headphone jack and 2 Thunderbolt USB 4 ports, the old discontinued headphone jack, and the new magsafe ring.

MacBook Air comes with a larger 13.6-inch 2560×1664 display capable of delivering a peak brightness of 500 nits. Under the hood, the device features the all-new M2 chip and a fanless design. The non-reliance on a cooling fan is an impressive feat, considering how much power the processor is capable of. Apple claimed a 40% improvement in performance over last year.

The device will be available in 4 colors, good old silver, space gray and the new “starlight” gold and “midnight” blue. While the base model (8-core GPU/8GB RAM/256GB storage) is priced at $1,199 in the US, variants with more power and storage will be available at $1,499 (GPU 10 cores, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB storage). 24GB RAM and 2TB storage variants will also be available. The device hits the markets in July and the product page is live on Apple’s website. Variants with last year’s M1 chip will start at $999.

13-inch MacBook Pro, from 1,299

There’s not much new to the MacBook Pro. This device inherits everything else from its predecessor, except for the processor, which will be the M2. Due to the capabilities of the M2, the device supports up to 24 GB of RAM and 2 TB of SSD storage, while offering a battery life of 20 hours. This device will also hit shelves in July, starting at $1,299

(Note: The prices mentioned in this article are strictly for the United States of America. The prices of these devices vary for India.)

Apple unveils new M2-powered 13-inch Macbook Air and Macbook Pro

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