New Apple MacBook Air, ultra-thin design and the incredible power of the M2 chip

On the occasion of WWDC 2022, Apple unveiled the new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, both equipped with the surprising M2 chip.

MacBook Air

Developed from the ground up around the M2 chip, the MacBook Air is made from a rugged aluminum unibody shell with an incredibly sleek design weighing just 11.3mm by 1.2kg. The energy efficiency of the M2 allows for amazing capabilities, enclosed in a silent and fanless system. In addition to silver and space gray, this model is now available in two new colors: midnight and galaxy.

MagSafe Returns to the MacBook Air with an easy-to-use and secure dedicated charging port: When the computer is connected and the charging cable is accidentally disconnected, it quickly releases it to prevent damage.

The tablet also has two Thunderbolt ports for connecting a wide range of accessories and a 3.5mm audio jack with high-impedance headphone support. Also the keyboard Magic keyboard has a range of full-height function keys with Touch ID and an industry-leading large Force Touch trackpad.

The display Liquid retina The 13.6-inch expands even closer to the edges and around the camera to make room for the menu bar. The result is a larger screen with significantly thinner edges, which provides more space to display content with rich, brilliant details. With 500 nits of maximum brightness, it is also 25% brighter than the previous version and supports a billion colors for incredibly vivid photos and videos.

The integrated 1080p FaceTime HD camera with a larger image sensor and more efficient pixels provides dual resolution and low-light performance over the previous generation. Together with the processing power of the ISP processor, video calls will have a markedly better quality.

To accommodate such a sleek design, speakers and microphones have been integrated between the keyboard and screen, delivering an even higher quality audio experience. The three array microphones capture crystal clear sound, while the speakers produce clearer voices and enhanced stereo separation. MacBook Air also supports spatial sound, for immersive sound when playing music and movies Dolby Atmos.

Larger screen and superior performance do not affect battery life, which retains an autonomy similar to the previous model and offers up to 18 hours of video playback. Among the news, the MacBook Air offers several charging options, including a new compact 35W power supply with two USB-C ports for two devices at the same time and for the first time support for fast charging with up to 50% battery life. 30 minutes with an optional 67W USB-C power adapter.

13-inch MacBook Pro

The introduction of the M2 chip enabled the Appe to maintain the compact size of the 13-inch MacBook Pro by adding even more capacity. Thanks to the use of a faster 8-core CPU and a faster 10-core GPU, raw image editing in apps such as Affinity photo it is almost 40% faster than the previous generation. Even games with complex graphics are significantly more responsive than previous editions of the MacBook Pro 13. This result was achieved with the use of an active cooling system that allows supporting professional performance and the M2 chip, which also supports up to 24 GB total memory, making multitasking and large assets work ultra-smooth. In addition, ProRes encoding and decoding support in the processor’s media engine makes it possible to play up to 11 streams of 4K video and up to two streams of 8K ProRes video. All this with a battery life of up to 20 hours of video playback.

The new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will be available on the Apple Store and Apple Store app, and shipping begins next month. The MacBook Air has a price starting at 1,529 euros (incl. VAT), while the MacBook Pro 13-inch is sold at a price starting at 1,629 euros.

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