Apple’s 2022 MacBook Air with an updated design, M2 processor, MagSafe charger and a slightly larger screen will be available for pre-order soon, starting at $1,199. Pre-orders have started and orders placed will be shipped from Friday, July 15. If you’re having a hard time ordering online for delivery (preorders don’t usually sell out, but ship dates often push back very quickly), here’s a tip: try ordering online directly at 8am ET on launch day, July 15th. , with your order set as in-store pickup.
The release of this model follows the 2022 MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, which had the honor of being Apple’s first laptop to debut the M2 chip. In terms of how the M2 performs, my colleague Monica Chin’s review concluded that it is faster than the M1 and that the battery life under normal use (even when running system-intensive apps) remains impeccable.
But since the new MacBook Air has the M2 chip, plus some cool features borrowed from the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro (MagSafe charging, a 1080p webcam, and the notched screen, just to name a few. mention), it’s possible that this, not the 13-inch MacBook Pro, is the one you might want to buy this year. Here’s all the pricing details you need to know.
This is how much each configuration costs
The $1,199 base model features an M2 processor (eight-core CPU, eight-core GPU), 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Like the more expensive option described below, this model has a 13.6-inch display, a 1080p webcam, a MagSafe 3 magnetic charging port, and two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports. Unique to this model is that it comes with a 30W USB-C power adapter.
The entry-level model that costs $1,499 has the M2 processor (eight-core CPU but with a 10-core GPU), 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. It has the same ports as the configuration above, but you can choose from the 35W dual USB-C port adapter (so you can charge two devices at once) or the faster 67W USB-C power adapter at no extra cost.
How much do specification upgrades cost?
In the lower $1,199 model, you can upgrade to an M2 chip with a higher number of GPU cores (10 cores vs. eight) for $100.
Going to 16GB of RAM will add $200, while 24GB (the maximum upgrade) will cost $400 on top of the base price.
In terms of storage, the new MacBook Air supports up to 2TB, but going that far costs quite a bit. For the base model, doubling the storage to 512GB is $200, 1TB is $400, and the full 2TB is a steep $800 upgrade.
The price for the storage upgrade for the $1,499 model is as follows: $200 to double the 512 GB of storage to 1 TB and $600 to go up to 2 TB.
While the 35W dual USB-C port power adapter or 67W USB-C fast charger is included with the $1,499 MacBook Air, it’s a $20 upsell at the time of purchase if you get the $1,199 MacBook Air. That’s not bad considering Apple will sell for $59 each.
If you want to take full advantage of the specs of a MacBook Air, it’ll cost you $2,499 excluding tax.