Apple’s redesigned MacBook Air with the M2 chip, which was recently unveiled at WWDC 2022 and has been awaited ever since, will reportedly go on sale on July 15th.
That’s the word of MacRumors (opens in new tab)who cited a retail source for this new information about the MacBook Air (M2, 2022) release schedule.
As always, we can’t treat this as concrete, but MacRumors is one of the most trusted Apple-focused sites, and the date fits with what we’ve previously heard – namely that the new MacBook Air will come sometime. point in July.
Assuming the July 15th date is in the money, pre-orders will presumably ship a little earlier than that date. July 8 is the pre-order date that MacRumors expects (and a week earlier makes sense, of course).
If you’re thinking of buying a shiny new MacBook Air with M2, then we have a dedicated page with links to all the top retailers ready to sell the laptop (including Apple) to help you pre-order crisp (hopefully than in the very near future, by the sound of things).
The MacBook Air M2 price starts at $1,199 / £1,249 for the base model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
Analysis: Can the slower SSD issue also affect the MacBook Air M2?
A week tomorrow, then, we may see pre-orders for the MacBook Air, and there will be plenty of rush for this new model, no doubt. It’s a major overhaul that makes the Air lighter and thinner than its predecessor, but with a larger screen, much in contrast to the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chip that was also unveiled at WWDC 2022, which hasn’t changed much (and already is out there).
Speaking of that MacBook Pro M2, you may have noticed that we recently discovered that the SSD in the entry-level model is actually slower than the solid-state drive in the MacBook Pro M1. Because? This is due to the Pro M2’s unit having a single 256GB NAND chip, as opposed to a pair of 128GB chips in parallel with the M1, with the latter offering better levels of performance.
The question many MacBook Air buyers are asking right now is will the M2 version of this new laptop suffer from the same SSD issue? Note that it’s only with the entry-level MacBook Pro M2 that Apple has gone this route with storage (to save money), and the higher-end models are apparently unaffected.
Then, What if Apple has also taken this same approach with the MacBook Air M2, this would be a possible reason to give the base model a twist (although depending on your use case the slower SSD might not have any noticeable effect on real world use, anyway). Another reason to look at the higher tier models is that the stock is likely to be more robust, as we expect the cheaper model to be subject to something of a buyer’s stampede initially (SSD issues or not, frankly).