MacBook Air Overview Updated September 1, 2022

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MacBook Air

The MacBook Air is “the default Mac” – the one you should buy if you’re not sure which model you need.

History

The MacBook Air was launched in 2008 as a premium 13-inch model, billed as the world’s thinnest laptop. It was dramatically revealed by Steve Jobs sliding it out of an office envelope.

In 2010, it was joined by an 11-inch model. By 2011, that had become the entry-level MacBook, replacing the plain MacBook in the lineup. Its combination of affordability, portability, cuteness, and suitability for most people’s computer usage saw it become a hugely popular machine with everyone from students to senior business execs.

The 11-inch MacBook Air was discontinued in 2016, leaving only the 13-inch models.

In 2018, we saw the first major update to the then-elderly design. This gave the machine a Retina display, Touch ID, USB-C ports along with a design refresh with smaller bezels, a slimmer form factor, and lighter weight.

In 2020, the MacBook Air was one of the first three machines to make the switch from Intel processors to Apple Silicon in the form of the M1 chip. In 2022, it was joined by an M2 model.

MacBook Air Specs

The 2020 M1 MacBook Air is powered by an 8-core Apple M1 chip, comprising four performance cores and four efficiency cores. It’s available in two almost-identical versions, one with an 8-core GPU, the other with a (chip-binned) 7-core one. The machine is available with either 8GB or 16GB of unified memory. SSD storage options are 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB.

The 2022 M2 MacBook Air has a 10-core GPU option, up to 24GB of unified memory, and up to 2TB of SSD storage.

Pricing

M1 MacBook Air (2020) pricing starts at $999 for the 7-core GPU with 8GB unified memory and 256GB SSD.

M2 MacBook Air (2022) pricing starts at $1199 for the 8-core GPU with 8GB unified memory and 256GB SSD.

The machine can be specced up as far as 16GB unified memory and 2TB SSD for $2,049.

Lower prices may be available from Apple’s official Amazon store.

MacBook Air Review

In our video review of the machine, we described it as game-changing.

There is very little negative to say about these MacBooks. Apple has taken a design like the MacBook Air, which it more or less perfected with the early 2020 refresh, and made it 10 times better. This is no hyperbole. These M1-powered MacBooks are such a huge improvement in performance and battery life with virtually no negative baggage. I can’t see myself ever wanting to go back to an Intel-based laptop […]

If I was using an Intel-based MacBook Air, I wouldn’t even consider using a machine with such little memory to handle my day-to-day creative workflow, but Apple’s implementation of unified memory cannot be compared 1:1 with typical RAM configurations.

Basic day-to-day usage is relatively unaffected by the amount of RAM, or lack thereof. The MacBook Air is competent with only 8GB of RAM even when running lots of apps simultaneously, even with a dozen Safari windows, and even when swapping out to the SSD […]

I can attest to the fact that these MacBooks have incredibly long battery life, so much so that it was honestly hard to believe initially. I was able to use my MacBook Air for a full workday, writing, browsing the web, chatting on zoom, and editing video and photos, and the machine was only at 50% by the end of the day. I woke up the next day, and did several hours of zoom video calls and web browsing, and the machine finally gave me a warning to plug in when it reached 10%

MacBook Air Stories December 2

Apple’s MacBook lineup has been fully refreshed over the last year between the 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chips and the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro that launched in late 2021. Whether you’re looking for yourself or someone else, here’s an in-depth look at the difference between MacBook Air and Pro to help you figure out which is the best pick.

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MacBook Air Stories November 30

The butterfly keyboard lawsuit has been resolved after a judge approved Apple’s proposed payouts to owners of MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models with the faulty keyboard design.

Owners whose machines required repair are set to receive compensation that ranges from $50 to $395, depending on the extent of the work needed. However, the payouts will be made only to those who purchased their MacBooks in US states covered by the class action suit …

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MacBook Air Stories August 31

The new M2 MacBook Air has been a hit among early buyers thanks to its all-new design and excellent performance. Now, the incredible designer Basic Apple Guy has published a new set of his popular schematic wallpapers, this time designed based on the internals of the new M2 MacBook Air.

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MacBook Air Stories August 24

There was good news and bad news yesterday. The Apple Self Service Repair program was extended to the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models – but if you were hoping that would enable DIY MacBook upgrades, you’re out of luck.

Apple very deliberately and specifically prevents this, and that seems to me to be the wrong decision for customers and the MacBook maker alike …

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MacBook Air Stories August 22

The Apple Self Service Repair program first launched for iPhone in November of last year is tomorrow being extended to M1 MacBook models – both MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

The company says that the program will also be expanding into other countries, beginning in Europe, later this year …

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MacBook Air Stories August 17

MacBook design changes have made it practical for the machines to be assembled in Vietnam for the first time. So far, only iPads and AirPods have been made in the country.

The move marks the continuation of Apple’s gradual effort to reduce its dependance on China as a manufacturing center …

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MacBook Air Stories August 12

After hundreds of MacBook Pro workers at a Quanta plant broke through barriers in protest of tough COVID-19 lockdown conditions, the company has indicated that it is now paying significant incentives in an attempt to retain enough staff.

All in, the disruptions saw the MacBook assembler’s profits halved in the second quarter, and the company said it took more than two months to return to full production …

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MacBook Air Stories August 11

The moment people started to get their hands on the M2 MacBook Air, overheating and thermal throttling were big topics of discussion. While the performance of the M2 Air is more than enough for most people using the laptop for general work, the existing cooling system can be augmented with a simple $13 change that will improve the MacBook’s performance during heavy and sustained workloads.

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MacBook Air Stories August 4

The M2 MacBook Air brings a totally refreshed design and new chip to Apple’s entry level laptop. But at an increased price with a slower SSD and possible overheating, is it worth it to choose the M2 Air over the cheaper M1 Air?

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MacBook Air Stories July 30

After using the M2 MacBook Air for over a week, I’m excited to share how it stacks up against the M1 iPad Pro. Here’s everything you need to know.

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MacBook Air Stories July 20

The 2022 MacBook Air, which hit stores last week, not only features a brand new design but also Apple’s latest M2 chip. And although M2 is faster than M1 and also maintains efficiency, MacBook Air has no internal fan – which can make the laptop quite hot when running heavy workflows. However, there’s a cheap mod that can increase the sustained performance of the M2 MacBook Air.

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MacBook not charging? Here are 6 ways to fix it

MacBook not charging? Whether you’re having issues with a particular charging cable, multiple cables/chargers, or intermittent trouble, follow along for 6 solutions to fix a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro that won’t juice up.

MacBook Air Stories July 19

The new M2 MacBook Air is finally here. And while some customers won’t get their hands on it for another month, those who bought it during pre-order have now received their new laptop. iFixit also got its hands on the M2 MacBook Air to show us a full teardown of what’s inside the new machine.

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Apple’s M2 MacBook Air is receiving rave reviews from press and early adopters. Criticism of the base model is a common thread, though. Consensus is that customers should not buy the base model M2 MacBook Air. I think this advice is wrong.

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The Midnight M2 MacBook Air is out for only a few days now, but a few early reviewers and customers are so far complaining that this specific finish suffers from scratching really easily, as 9to5Mac’s own staff was also able to experience a small scratch in a recently-bought Mac.

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The MKBHD M2 MacBook Air review landed today, after a flurry of earlier reviews last week. The overall tone is extremely positive, Brownlee praising the design, performance, and battery-life.

He does, however, warn that it’s really a $1,500 purchase, and that while the Midnight color is beautiful, it’s also a fingerprint magnet – and is easily scratched …

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MacBook Air Stories July 14

Just like the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip, the M2 MacBook Air was also announced at WWDC 2022 last month. However, while the M2 MacBook Pro was already available in stores, pre-orders of the new MacBook Air only began last week. Now the first orders are finally arriving to customers around the world.

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Pre-orders for the M2 MacBook Air began last week, and orders are due to hit Apple Stores on July 15. Orders will also arrive as early as July 15, unless you’re the one lucky customer who received the device early. However, those who have yet to order likely have to wait until late August for their new computer to arrive.

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With the reviews of the M2 MacBook Air now out, we are able to get to know a bit more about this computer before it releases this Friday. For example, different from the MacBook Pro, the new Air comes with matching Apple stickers.

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The M2 MacBook Air reviews are in. While journalists and influencers praised it, there’s one concern about this new product. Just like the M2 MacBook Pro, Apple is offering a slower SSD on the base model configuration, which you should be aware of.

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The new M2 MacBook Air goes on sale tomorrow. While people wait for this machine, journalists and influencers just published their thoughts on this product. While praised overall, the new M2 MacBook Air struggles with the same concern as the M2 MacBook Pro, overheating with heavy tasks and slower SSD for the base model.

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MacBook Air Stories July 13

The new M2 MacBook Air is coming later this week. But with no reviews published yet, we really haven’t seen all that much outside (or inside!) of the original WWDC hands on.

While it’s not what most would be expecting, thanks to one of our sources, we were able to get some images of the internals of the new M2 MacBook Air.

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The new M2 MacBook Air is set to go on sale this Friday. With its first redesign in years, this machine features the second generation of Apple silicon and a lot of inspiration from the 2021 MacBook Pro. In a new interview, Evans Hankey, Apple’s vice president of industrial design, talks about the new MacBook Air and its development.

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MacBook Air Stories July 12

Apple last month announced two new MacBooks: the M2 MacBook Air and the M2 MacBook Pro. Yes, they bring the latest Apple Silicon chip with performance improvements, and when it comes to the new MacBook Air, there’s also the new design. But if you’re looking for a new Mac, the M1 MacBook Air is still a good option.

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