For several years, Apple’s yearly WWDC conference has served as the venue for the company’s major product announcements. While the majority of the screen time during the event’s main keynote was dedicated to detailing the new features of iOS 16, iPadOS, and WatchOS 9, Apple also spent a significant amount of time talking about the company’s all-new M2 chip. The new M2 chip, a direct successor to Apple’s first-generation M1 chip announced two years ago, claims performance gains of up to 40% and is based on Apple’s second-generation 5nm manufacturing process.
Apple announced the first of two products that will use the M2 chip alongside the M2. The first item is a new 13.6-inch MacBook Pro model, which was released a few days after WWDC. The completely redesigned MacBook Air was the second and possibly most significant hardware product launch at WWDC.
Apple did not provide complete availability information for the new MacBook Air, only stating that the product will be available in July 2022. With July quickly approaching and Apple remaining silent on availability, MacRumors, citing a retail source, claims that the new MacBook Air will be available for purchase approximately halfway through the month.
2022 M2 MacBook Air Launch date leaked
According to MacRumors, the much-anticipated 2022 M2 MacBook Air will be available for purchase on July 15, 2022. If the report is correct, it will put an end to all MacBook Air fans’ nearly one-month wait.
In case you weren’t aware, the new MacBook Air is a completely redesigned product from the ground up, with several improvements over previous generation Air models. Among the more significant changes are the new 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display with 500 nits of brightness and the addition of a MagSafe charging port. The MacBook Air, like its predecessors, has a fanless design, and at 11.3mm thick and 2.7 pounds, it is also quite thin and light.
The switch to the new M2 chip, which houses an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU, is the most significant change to the 2022 MacBook Air. Apple’s new 16-core Neural Engine, which can handle up to 15.8 trillion operations per second, is also used in the new chip. With support for up to 24GB of LPDDR5 memory, the M2 MacBook Air should be ready for standard users’ computing needs for at least the next few years.
If the 2022 MacBook Air is released on July 15 as planned, there is a good chance that it will be available for preorders a week earlier, around July 8.