Apple’s new M2-based MacBook Air, announced earlier this month at WWDC, could hit shelves in two weeks. That’s according to a “retail source” cited by MacRumors, in a news report that describes the site as exclusive.
At the time of the announcement, Apple only said the M2 Air would launch sometime in July. If MacRumors’ source is correct, the hardware will hit stores on July 15, while pre-orders are likely to start a week earlier, on July 8.
The MacBook Air M2 starts at $1,199, with several chip, SSD, and RAM options pushing it much higher. If the M2 MacBook Pro is any indication, custom amounts of memory and storage will likely have longer delivery times. The M1 version is still available starting at $999.
There’s a lot to admire about the new Air, which features a completely new design, new colors and an improved screen that’s bigger and brighter than that of the previous model. It supports more RAM in the top configuration, while even the base 8-core GPU version of the M2 processor is 18 percent faster than the old M1, according to Apple. We reserve judgment until we can get a judgment sample in our labs.
Note, however, that while the M2 is the latest Mac chip, it’s not the best: the souped-up Pro, Mac, and Ultra versions of the M1 are actually faster. That shouldn’t stop you from buying the new Air, but it’s worth keeping in mind.