There are several improvements made to Apple’s lightest notebook in this year’s MacBook Air 2022, so there is much to anticipate. New colors, a larger, brighter display, a reworked camera, and a lighter design are all features of the most recent MacBook Air.
The new M2 processor that drives this year’s MacBook Air, though, is the biggest change this year. The MacBook Air has a lot going for it, including the promise of a significant performance jump from this latest Apple technology. It may even appear on our lists of the finest MacBooks and laptops.
We’ll find out soon enough. Apple has started taking preorders for the MacBook Air 2022. And that makes one question more relevant than ever: Is it worth upgrading to the new MacBookAir or not?
My colleagues have tackled that questions in different ways, including reasons to get the MacBook Air M2 instead of the latest MacBook Pro. For me, there’s a lot to consider.
The MacBook Air M2 costs $200 more than last year’s MacBook Air M1 2020, bringing the starting price to $1,199 a record high for the Air. That price covers the base model with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. If you upgrade to a massive 24GB of RAM and 2TB of storage, that maxed-out model of Air will cost you a whopping $2,499. That’s a lot of money to shell out for any laptop, including the MacBook Air.
Whether you are considering a purchase for school or work, this is a laptop that did not disappoint in our hands-on preview. My colleague Tony Polanco thinks the MacBook Air 2022 could make him ditch Windows for the first time. But for me, there’s just one main reason that I would buy the MacBook Air 2022.
The M2 powerhouse
The M2, Apple’s most recent silicon chip, is what I find most appealing about the new MacBook Air. With an 8-core CPU that is accentuated by four performance cores, the M2 provides lightning-fast performance.
Apple claims that the laptop can handle heavy workloads 40% quicker than the M1 CPU thanks to the M2 powering the device. Even using programs like Photoshop is more streamlined, and Apple claims that it is 20% quicker than before.
Looking at MacBook Air 2022 vs MacBook Air 2020, the two laptops have a lot of similarities but also some key contrasts — namely price and the processors inside each MacBook.
I can confidently claim that Apple outdid itself with the M1 processor in the 2020 Air because I use a MacBook Air 2020 as my primary computer. Even after using the laptop for two years, media, multitasking, and demanding apps run quite quickly. If the MacBook Air M2’s M2 processor is that much superior to the M1’s, it is unquestionably worthwhile to purchase one.
It’s true that while you’re working on daily duties, the performance differences between the two Airs won’t be all that evident. However, if you’re upgrading from a laptop that is even older than the MacBook Air 2020, the new Air should provide a substantial improvement.
The MacBook Air isn’t the only hardware Apple’s released this year powered by an M2 chip. You’ll also find that silicon in the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2) 2022 announced at the same time as the MacBook Air. A MacBook Air 2022 vs MacBook Pro 2022 13-inch comparison finds that the MacBook Pro offers a 10-core GPU in its base model to the 8-core GPU in the Air. But the MacBook Air pulls ahead by promising its Pro-like performance in a more portable chassis; it also cost $100 less than the MacBook Pro.
It is well known that Apple appears to be concentrating its efforts on developing its own processors. Since the M1 chip was released by the business over two years ago, Apple has released five new chips, ranging from the M1 to the M1 Ultra and the M2, which is the most recent.
MacBook Air M2 outlook
The MacBook Air M2 has a lot going for it, as I’ve already mentioned. Although the improved 1080p webcam and larger, brighter display are both wonderful improvements, they might not be enough to convince buyers to spend an additional $200 over the MacBook Air M1, which is still available from Apple.
M2 fills that role as Apple’s magnificent hero in sparkling armor. You could even begrudge Apple for just giving you two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports and a headphone jack due to the device’s excellent performance.
And let’s not forget how beautiful the MacBook Air is. The new Air has a sleek aluminum unibody that is a staple of the Air design, and it is lower in volume and significantly lighter. Midnight Blue, which appears to change from a dark to a brighter blue, is my favorite hue.