After 14 years, three revisions, and two different processor architectures, the iconic wedge shape of the MacBook Air is now history.
In its place is a MacBook Air with a completely new design that’s the same thickness from front to back. Virtually every aspect of the new MacBook Air has been updated or changed.
It’s the biggest update to the Air since it originally debuted nearly a decade and a half ago. These kinds of changes are a big deal because the Air is the default laptop option for millions of people. Beyond that, the Air sets the standard for thin and light laptops that every other manufacturer chases.
In addition to the design and hardware changes, this new Air has Apple’s latest in-house processor, the M2.
It also comes with a higher price tag which starts at $1,199, $200 more than the model that preceded it, and a model with a decent amount of storage runs $1,499 or more.
As a result, Apple is keeping the prior M1 model in its lineup, specifically to provide an option for the many MacBook Air buyers that don’t want to spend much more than $1,000 on a new computer.
The new MacBook Air (from $1,199, tested at $1,899) is a breath of fresh you-know-what, and that’s because Apple paired an even faster M2 chip with a design that’s markedly thinner and lighter.
Carrying this 2.7-pound notebook around and using it, this is a laptop that reminds me of the iconic original Air that Steve Jobs pulled out of a manilla envelope 14 years ago. Something this light can’t be that powerful, can it? Yes, it can.
As you’ll see in my full MacBook Air M2 review, the new Air has an unbeatable combination of portability, performance, display quality, and overall comfort.
It’s over 14 hours of battery life in our testing is also very impressive. In fact, despite a few drawbacks, I’d argue this is the best laptop overall for the money and one of the best MacBooks for college students if you can afford it.