WWDC23: Apple Introduces the Thinnest MacBook Air with M2 Chip

Starts at $1,299. Comes with that bathtub notch too.

This year’s WWDC introduced a new 15-inch MacBook Air which Apple touts as the “world’s thinnest”. It measures only 11.5mm and weighs under 3 pounds (1.3kg) making it extremely portable. Despite that, it still carries a lot of professional-grade hardware and excellent battery life.

The screen is lit with a 15.3″ 4K (2880x1864px) IPS LCD screen which Apple refers to as a “Liquid Retina Display”. It features up to 500nits of brightness and has support for up to 1 billion colours. This makes text razor sharp and pictures and videos colour-accurate and lively.

The laptop features two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports which allow for very fast transfer and charging. In addition, these ports support up to 6K@60Hz displays. There’s also a MagSafe connector and surprise surprise, a headphone jack.

The laptop still comes with that ridiculous notch as with the previous model and is powered by Apple’s M2 chip which is, according to Apple, faster than the latest Intel-based MacBook Air (still quite bitter about them, eh)? This is a 4×4 chip with an integrated deca-core GPU as well as a 16-core Neural Engine.

The new MacBook Air also features a 1080p FaceTime webcam as well as a new six-speaker sound system comprising two tweeters and two force-cancelling woofers. Like many products in Apple’s lineup, the new MacBook has Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos support so sounds would feel as loud as they are immersive and studio quality.

The 15-inch MacBook Air serves as the midrange offering for Apple. There’s also the smaller, more portable 13.3″ MacBook Air and the large 16″ one to cater to your professional needs. This new MacBook Air costs USD 1,299 (~PHP 73K) for the base variant (USD 1,199 for education users). It comes in Space Grey, Silver, and Midnight.

It boots with MacOS Ventura out of the box. Though, we’re speculating that it could be upgraded with MacOS Sonoma, the latest version of MacOS

Availability in the Philippines is to be announced by partner retailers such as Beyond The Box, Digital Walker, and Power Mac Center.

Source: Apple Newsroom