First review MacBook Air


CUPERTINO, USA (Pocket Ribbon) – From the very first moment Steve Jobs pulled the MacBook Air out of a Manila envelope, Apple has favored the laptop as the device to show the next steps in the evolution of the Mac .

So, can the MacBook Air 2022 deliver that feat again and create a laptop that pushes what we’ve come to expect from the company?

After the unveiling at Apple’s WWDC 2022 keynote, Pocket ribbon was on site at Apple Park in Cupertino to see the new model first-hand.

Our quick take

As a design object, the MacBook Air ticks all the boxes: it’s light, very light, has a strong and robust-looking design, and certainly carries the same design ethos and approach as the MacBook Pro launched in 2021 – which we found nice.

Like the iPad Air, the MacBook Air now lives up to its name.

In terms of power, there’s again plenty of advancements here that we’ve yet to look at in full, but look promising so far, and that promise of 18 hours of battery life brings the Air back to what the Air has always done.

Our first impressions are incredibly promising. It may not have that overwhelming feel that the first model had all those years ago, but this certainly fills that Mac entry-level space and creates a device that we suspect will be a strong seller and very popular with Mac users looking are to be part of the Mac story without having to go pro.

The Mac for Beginners is back.

In front of
Light Thin Powerful Long battery life

Against
Notch display design won’t please everyone Speaker performance can be questionable

Design

13.6-inch display with 500 nits Two USB-C ports, MagSafe, 3.5mm headphone jack

As for the MacBook Air, the biggest visual change is a completely new design.

Now more akin to the MacBook Pro released in 2021, the new model removes some “pro” features to create a device that is both thin and light, yet is robust and feels strong in the hand.

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Up close and personal, that earlier wedged design, which has been with us for nearly a decade, has been ditched in favor of a flat design more like the iPad Pro and, of course, the MacBook Pro before it. That means you get four excellent round feet, no fans, fewer ports and, for the Liquid Retina display, a notch for the new 1080p camera.

There are two USB-C ports and a MagSafe fast charging connector on the left and a 3.5mm jack on the right. The 3.5mm jack only just fits in the available space, giving you an idea of ​​the thinness of this device.

That “thinness” does mean that sacrifices have to be made; for example, there is no SD card slot, nor an HDMI port as found on the MacBook Pro. But we suspect that for many, especially the average MacBook Air user, these probably won’t be missed. While this means the new MacBook Air has also lost the speaker grilles on the sides of the keyboard, there are two hidden speakers between the top of the keyboard, and the screen takes advantage of the hinge space.

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We couldn’t fully test the speaker capacity during the noisy event, but Apple says it should be good enough to enjoy a movie, for example, especially given the device supports the company’s Spatial Audio technology.

The compact form factor hasn’t affected the screen size, though, mainly thanks to a design change that reduces the bezels on all sides of the screen, opting for a notch with the 1080p camera for video calls.

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It will be available in four colors, including a new Midnight, which has a slight hint of blue. That’s the color to get if you’re looking for something beyond the usual Space Grey, Silver or Starlight. Rose Gold fans will be disappointed that the color option has been left to the history books.

M2 and performance

M2 and M1 Processor Options

While the new design will likely drive new sales and upgrades, it’s not the only thing the new MacBook Air does well. It is the first Mac to get the company’s new M2 processor.

This promises to be 18 percent faster than the M1-powered MacBook Air and offer 35 percent faster graphics. This should be a real powerhouse for MacBook Air users who want to do most things without having to use all those Pro features.

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During the preview event, we were able to launch some games, see video editing in progress, and see some image editing in action.

We were unable to fully test the new machine and the new M2 processor, but after using the 2020 M1 version, which will also come as a processor option for the 2022 model, we don’t expect users to have to worry about this. cannot deliver its promised performance or deliver on its claimed 18 hours of battery life. We look forward to giving the new model a shot in our full review and will update our findings when we can

summarizing

As a design object, the MacBook Air ticks all the boxes: it’s light, very light, has a strong and robust-looking design, and the Air certainly carries the same design ethos and approach as the MacBook Pro launched in 2021.

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Written by Stuart Miles.

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