We’ve heard MacBook Air users complain that these models don’t get refreshed regularly enough, plus they “don’t lose enough weight” and aren’t really as Air as they say to be. The truth? all that can be said a priori against a model that comes with an M2 chip it doesn’t have much of a logic base. It may not be as thin as some would like, but it is a computer that, unless you need a larger screen for editing, will do all the functions and jobs you throw at it.
We do not speak without knowing: we already know the power of the M1, and everything that the M2 can do fills us with hope. This prevails with us more than criticism for not making an ultra-thin laptop.
The key will always be performance, and everything else, at this point, will be superfluous. Personally, I would find a slimmer machine too flimsy, and I’m much more comfortable with a handy design, not so slim and angular. A laptop like the MacBook Air is one you’ll take from place to place, and it’ll never spend more than an hour in one place.
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We like that it comes in four colors, and even more so that none of those colors is too loud. We don’t want too formal things in our lives, but we don’t need so much “colorinche” sometimes either. I think Apple has a color balance that will be very well received in stores.
The 13.6” Liquid Retina display – bigger than the previous Air model – looks phenomenal, and we guess gamers will be the ones to enjoy it the most, as we got to see a demo that blew us away.
Remember that the MacBook Air is – objectively – thinner and lighter, as well as being faster, having a better camera and a battery that lasts all day. All of the latter, of course, we will have to check, but we know that only Apple is capable of creating such a powerful computer with such little weight and a fanless design.
Perhaps the most important visual update of the new MacBook Air is the appearance of a dedicated charging port that is easy to connect, which also protects it when it is dropped or carried while connected. Not all of us present were very excited to see this port – reminiscent of charging ports of the past – and many of us would have preferred a third Thunderbolt instead of the two that it still maintains. For its part, the Magic Keyboard has a full-height feature row with Touch ID and a spacious Force Touch trackpad that looks good and feels better.
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At the presentation we learned that the M2 features a next-gen 8-core CPU with advances in both performance and core efficiency, along with a GPU that now has up to 10 cores, two more than the M1. M2 offers 100 GB of unified memory bandwidth and supports up to 24 GB of fast unified memory, so it can handle even larger and more complex workloads with ease. All in a slim design like no other.
Designed to dramatically speed up video workflows, the M2 also adds a next-generation media engine and a powerful ProRes video engine for hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding, so systems with the M2 will be able to play more 4K video streams. and 8K than before.
All of the above is a beautiful theory, and we will have to spend hours using it and subjecting it to hard work to see if everything is going as well as it seems. But if one thing is certain, it is that the new version of the MacBook Air has left us with a very good taste in our mouths.