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How Apple’s new MacBook Air compares to the company’s other MacBook models

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Apple announced an all-new MacBook Air powered by the new M2 chip along with last year’s 13-inch MacBook Pro now powered by the M2 chip and last year’s MacBook Air with M1 retaining its $999 retail price.

Apple’s latest MacBook Air has received a design akin to the company’s latest 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Meanwhile, with the 14-inch MacBook Pro, you get the M1 Pro or M1 Max chip with the option for even more CPU and GPU cores, and RAM up to 64GB.

2022 MacBook Air2020 MacBook Air13″ MacBook Pro (2022)14″ MacBook Pro (2021)16″ MacBook Pro (2021)
CPUM2
8-core
M1
8-core
M2
8-core
M1 Pro or Max
8 or
10-core
M1 Pro or Max
8 or
10-core
StorageUp to 2TBUp to 2TBUp to 2TBUp to 8TBUp to 8TB
RAM8, 16, or 24GB8 or 16GB8, 16, or 24GB16 to 64GB16 to 64GB
GraphicsUp to 10-core7-core10-coreUp to 32-coreUp to 32-core
Neural engine16-core16-core16-core16-core16-core
Display13.3″
2560×1600 pixels
400 nits brightness
13.6″
2560×1664 pixels
500 nits brightness
13.3″
2560×1600 pixels
500 nits brightness
14.2″
3024×1964 pixels
500 nits brightness
ProMotion120Hz
16.2″
3456×2234
pixels
500 nits brightness
ProMotion120Hz
FaceTime camera1080p720p720p1080p1080p
Speakers4-speaker system with wide soundStereo speakers with wide soundStereo speakers with high dynamic range6-speaker high-fidelity6-speaker high-fidelity
Mics3-mic array3-mic arrayStudio-quality 3-mic arrayStudio-quality 3-mic arrayStudio-quality 3-mic array
Thermal managementFanlessFanlessActive cooling with fansActive cooling with fansActive cooling with fans
Portsx2 TB / USB4x2 TB / USB4x2 TB / USB4x3 TB 4
HDMI port
SDXC card slot
x3 TB 4
HDMI port
SDXC card slot
MagsafeYesNoNoYesYes
Weight2.7lbs.2.8 lbs.3.0 lbs.3.5 lbs.4.7 lbs.
Base Price$1199$999$1299$1999$2499

When examining the differences between Apple’s MacBook’s there is a clear contrast between the latest models versus the old models. The old models have a weaker webcam, no Magsafe and slower chipset and a cheaper price. The new 2022 MacBook Air’s design is updated to that of the latest MacBook Pro models but in a leaner and less expensive package for the average user. Design aside, the M1-powered MacBook Air and the M2-powered MacBook Pro offer great value for the money enabling users to join the mobile Mac ecosystem for less.

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