Forget The New MacBook Air, Apple Has Something Better


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With the new M2 processor, fast charging, and refreshed design, 2022’s MacBook Air offers more power, potential, and looks than the first Apple Silicon MacBook Air launched in 2022. That’s enough for many of Apple’s fans.

But does it offer enough to justify the $300 price increase over the “original” model? After the long wait, does the M1 MacBook Air still need to be considered?

The big ticket item for the m2 MacBook Air is right there in the naming convention… the Apple Silicon based M2 chipset. This offers more performance over the M1 chipset seen in the previous MacBook Air. Third-party testing and Apple’s specifications point to a gain of around ten to twenty per cent. That’s welcome, but only those looking to the top end of their laptop’s capabilities will see that reflected in performance.

For everyone else, the base level of Apple Silicon is more than sufficient for your needs; one of the benefits of Apple raising that level with the M1 chipset compared to the previous Intel laptops. If that’s the case, do you need the extra performance of the MacBook Air?

One of the advantages noted by many of the M1 Air was the increased battery life. Would the M2 build on that? Following testing, Laptop Mag’s Sean Riley found the M1 and M2 MacBook Airs laptops offered a similar battery life.

In normal usage, there’s not a huge difference between the two laptops.

Where there is a difference is in the design. The M1 MacBook Air continued the look that debuted back in 2016 with the Intel-based MacBook Airs. It provided continuity as the line switched over to the ARM-based Apple Silicon, but that left the Air looking tired and missing out on the new technology seen in the professional-grade MacBook Pro laptops.

The new MacBook Air design offers a more angular construction and a thinner design that reduces weight. Many hoped the display would move toward the…