Remember MagSafe? The energy wire that magnetically caught itself to the charging port on previous MacBooks to forestall it from flying off the desk when somebody tripped over the wire? Apple introduced the modern connector again on its high-end MacBook Pro models final 12 months, however the function is now making its manner right down to essentially the most reasonably priced laptop computer in its lineup: the MacE book Air. At WWDC 2022, Apple introduced this new laptop computer alongside a brand new 13-inch MacE book Pro, each of that are powered by the additionally newly introduced second-gen M2 processor.
Both the brand new MacE book Air 2022 and MacE book Pro 2022 will go on sale in July. The Air prices $1,199, and the brand new Pro begins at $1,299. Apple has discontinued the older M1-powered MacE book Pro, however you may nonetheless be capable of purchase the 2020 M1 MacBook Air for $999. Here’s all the things it is advisable to know in regards to the pair.
Air Beats Pro
Quite bizarrely, the brand new (and cheaper) MacE book Air is the fancier of the 2 new laptops. For instance, it picks up a few of the design adjustments launched with the pricier MacE book Pro fashions from 2021, together with thinner borders across the display and a notch for the webcam, making for a barely bigger 13.6-inch show versus the brand new MacE book Pro’s 13.3-inch display.
Despite the bigger display, the Air shaves down some weight over its predecessor. It’s 2.7 kilos and merely 0.44 inches thick when totally closed, placing the “air” again in MacE book Air as one in all Apple’s lightest laptops but. For comparability, the Pro is 3 kilos and 0.61 inches thick.
That additionally means the brand new MacE book Air can benefit from an upgraded 1080p webcam for higher high quality throughout video calls, whereas the brand new MacE book Pro is caught with the identical previous 720p digicam. The Air additionally has a quad-speaker setup for higher audio versus the MacE book Pro’s stereo audio system, although Apple suggests the microphones are studio high quality on the Pro whereas the Air makes use of lesser, customary mics.
Both nonetheless have the identical LCD IPS 2K-resolution display, and the MacE book Air can get a smidge brighter than its predecessor, matching the MacE book Pro’s display brightness of 500 nits. Speaking of shows, the MacE book Pro stays the one Mac in Apple’s lineup with the Touch Bar show above the Magic Keyboard, a function that by no means fairly caught on. The MacE book Air has bodily perform keys, although each have Touch ID baked in. (No, there’s nonetheless no Face ID on a Mac.)