Sleek Design & Lightweight Build
With a remarkable thinness of just 11.5 mm and weighing under 1.5 kg, the MacBook Air 15 sets a new standard for portable computing. Apple proudly claims that this laptop is the thinnest in the world and weighs just over three pounds. Its breathtaking 15.3-inch IPS display boasts a resolution of 2880 x 1864, offering users a vibrant and immersive visual experience. The bezels surrounding the screen are a mere 5mm, and a notch houses the upgraded 1080p camera.
Under the hood, the MacBook Air 15 is powered by the mighty M2 chip, featuring 8 CPU cores, 10 GPU cores, a 16-core neural engine, and an exceptional 100 GB/s memory bandwidth. The base configuration includes 8 GB of unified RAM, but users have the flexibility to customize their laptops with 16 GB or 24 GB of memory. Storage options range from 256 GB to an impressive 2 TB SSD.
Apple has released performance benchmarks comparing the M2-based MacBook Air 15 with its previous generation Intel-powered models. According to Apple’s claims, the new laptop is roughly twice as fast as a Core i7 15-inch laptop with Intel Xe graphics, delivers 50% longer battery life, and is 12 times faster than a 1.2 GHz quad-core Intel-based MacBook Air. However, Apple has not specified the exact Windows laptop used for comparison.
In terms of connectivity, the MacBook Air 15 offers two Thunderbolt 3 / USB4 ports, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a MagSafe 3 connector for charging. While Wi-Fi 6E is not yet supported, the laptop is compatible with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3.
A 66.6 WHr Li-Pol battery fuels the MacBook Air 15, providing impressive endurance. Apple claims that the battery allows for up to 18 hours of Apple TV movie playback and 15 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing. The laptop ships with a 35 W dual USB-C power adapter and a 2 m USB-C to MagSafe 3 cable.
Pricing and Availability
The MacBook Air 15 will be available in four attractive colors: Silver, Starlight, Space Gray, and Midnight. Prices for this cutting-edge laptop start at US$1,299. Pre-orders have already commenced, with delivery scheduled to begin on June 13. Additionally, the laptop will receive an update to the latest macOS Sonoma in the Fall.
Apple is dedicated to making their technology accessible to students and educators. As part of their commitment, the 15-inch MacBook Air is available at a special price of US$1,199 for the education sector. Moreover, the 13-inch MacBook Air with M2 has also received a price reduction to US$1,099, which can go down further to just US$999 for educational institutions.