Apple releases new MacBook Air

Apple officially released the MacBook Air, equipped with the latest M2 chip, using the Liu Haiping design, 8GB + 256GB priced at 9499 yuan, and it will be available next month. 

MacBook Air optional 8-core GPU and 10-core GPU version M2 chip, the latter will cost an extra 900 yuan; optional 16GB, 24GB memory, plus 8GB memory costs 1500 yuan; SSD optional 256GB to 2TB, 256GB to 512GB for 1500 yuan .

The full blood M2 + 16GB memory + 512GB SSD is priced at 13,399 yuan.

In terms of design, Apple claims that the MacBook Air has a new design that is extremely thin at every angle. The fuselage is only 11.3 mm thick, weighs only 2.7 pounds (about 1.22 kg) , and adopts an all-aluminum metal unibody design. Compared with the previous generation, the body volume has been reduced by 20%.

The new MacBook Air still has a fanless design for everything.

In terms of configuration, in addition to silver and space gray, MacBook Air now has two new appearances: Midnight and Starlight.

On the interface side, MagSafe is back on the MacBook Air , and it can also be quickly detached when the connected charging cable is accidentally pulled to protect the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air also features 2 Thunderbolt ports for connecting several accessories, and a 3.5mm audio jack that supports high-impedance headphones. Plus, Magic Keyboard features a full-height function key row with Touch ID and a large, industry-leading Force Touch trackpad.

On the screen side, the new MacBook Air is equipped with a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display , the screen area is closer to the edge and extends up around the camera to make room for the menu bar. This design results in a larger screen area and narrower bezels. 500 nits of brightness, making the display 25% brighter than before. In addition, the new display now supports 1 billion colors.

The MacBook Air's new 1080p FaceTime HD camera features a larger sensor with more effective pixels and 2x the resolution and low-light performance of the previous generation camera.

In terms of audio, the MacBook Air is also equipped with a four-speaker audio system. In order to achieve a slim design. The three-microphone array uses an advanced beamforming algorithm to capture clear sound, while the speakers deliver excellent stereo separation and clear speech. MacBook Air also supports spatial audio for an immersive audiovisual experience when playing Dolby Atmos-enabled music and movies.

In terms of performance, Apple gave the performance of the MacBook Air in the following workflow:

  • The M2 chip can boost the performance of the MacBook Air by nearly 40 percent when handling heavy tasks, like editing complex timelines with Final Cut Pro , and up to 15 times faster for customers who haven't previously upgraded to an Apple chip .
  • Applying filters and effects in apps like Photoshop can be up to 20% faster, and up to 5x faster for customers who haven't previously upgraded to an Apple chip.

In terms of battery life, Apple said that while the display is larger and more powerful, the MacBook Air can also guarantee the same excellent battery life as before, which can meet all-day needs and provide up to 18 hours of video playback time.

Finally, the new 35W compact power adapter offers 2 USB-C ports, allowing users to charge 2 devices at the same time. For the first time, MacBook Air supports fast charging, which can charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes with the optional 67W power adapter.

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