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MacBook Air 2022 unveiled — release date, price, specs, colors and more

MacBook Air 2022 at WWDC
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MacBook Air (2022) specs

 Price: $1,199 (starting), $1,099 (education)

CPU: Apple M2

Display: 13.6‑inch Liquid Retina, up to 500 nits brightness

Battery life: 18 hours video playback (Apple lab test)

Charging: MagSafe/Thunderbolt, up to 67W

Memory: up to 24GB

Storage: up to 2TB

Thickness: 0.44 inches

Weight: 2.7 pounds

Apple has announced a new MacBook Air 2022 that has been completely redesigned with Apple's new M2 chip, a thinner and lighter body and four new colors. 

Other highlights include an improved audio system, 1080p camera with better low-light performance and MagSafe charging. And there's support for fast charging, too. 

However, the new MacBook Air starts at $1,199, which is pricey. Here's what you get for the money. 

MacBook Air 2022: What's new

  • The new MacBook Air sports a more compact design that takes up 20% less volume. It's only 0.44 inches (11.3mm) thick and weighs 2.7 pounds (1.2 kilograms).
  • It comes in four finishes: Silver, Space Gray, Starlight and Midnight
  • MagSafe support is here for charging, And there's now support for fast charging via a 67W charger. 50% in just 30 minutes.
  • The new M2 chip packs a lot of power, promising 20% faster performance when applying image filters and effects performance. Final Cut Pro is nearly 40% faster with the new M2 chip too.
  • The new 13.6-inch display comes with thinner borders and 500 nits of max brightness. That's 25% brighter than before.
  • In the notch at the top of the display, there's a 1080p camera with twice the resolution and twice the low-light performance as the old 720p camera.
  • For your audio input/output needs, Apple's installed a 3-mic array that captures clean audio. Meanwhile,  a 4-speaker sound system offers support for Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos.
  • Apple promises up to 18 hours of video playback for battery life.

MacBook Air 2022 release date and price

The new MacBook Air will ship next month. The starting price is $1,199, which is pricier than we anticipated. Apple will keep the existing M1 MacBook Air in the lineup at $999. 

MacBook Air 2022 design

MacBook Air 2022 at WWDC

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The new MacBook Air definitely lives up to its name with a weight of just 2.7 pounds (1.2 kilograms, down from 2.8 pounds/1.3 kilograms). And it's a trim 0.4 inches (11.3mm) thick, which is thinner than the 0.6-inch (15mm) MacBook Air M1. In fact, Apple says the MacBook Air has 20% less volume overall.

This is pretty impressive when you consider that this is a fanless design and that Apple has increased the screen size to 13.6 inches. Like the MacBook Pro 14-inch, there's a notch at the top of the display.

The MacBook Air color options include silver, space gray, starlight and midnight. This adds some much-needed variety to Apple's lineup. The port selection includes MagSafe for charging two USB-C ports and a headphone jack. 

MacBook Air 2022 M2 chip and specs

13 inch MacBook Pro at WWDC 2022

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The new MacBook Air M2 is powered by Apple's new M2 chip, which is a second-generation 5 nanometer chip. Apple promises up to an 18% faster CPU, 35% faster GPU (now 10 cores) and a 40% faster neural engine. 

So what does this mean for everyday performance? Apple promises up to 20% faster performance when applying image filters and effects when editing photos. And Final Cut Pro is nearly 40% faster with M2 chip for video editing.

MacBook Air 2022 webcam and audio

MacBook Air 2022 at WWDC 2022

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The new MacBook Air 2022 features a sharper 1080p camera, which is a welcome upgrade, and it promises twice the low-light performance as well. So you don't have to splurge for a MacBook Pro to get a better webcam. Or you could always use your iPhone as your webcam with the new Continuity Camera feature also announced at WWDC.

On the audio front, the speaker and mics are positioned between the keyboard and display. There's a 3-mic array that captures clean audio, and there's a more powerful 4-speaker sound system. Support for Spatial Audio is built in to the Air 2022 with Dolby Atmos support.

MacBook Air 2022 outlook

13 inch MacBook Pro at WWDC 2022

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The new MacBook Air definitely looks impressive, but the price is very close to the $1,299 MacBook Pro 13-inch. So we'll have to see if people are willing to splurge on the new Air. However, the specs and design seem like a big step forward. Stay tuned for our full review. 

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for over 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends, including Cheddar, Fox Business and other outlets. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.

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