The first MacBook to sport Apple’s new M2 arrived in dated fashion. The 13-inch Pro is a fine computer, but it’s hard to get excited about last year’s hardware with the largest redesign to an old favorite waiting in the wings.
I spent a bit of time with the new Air in person back at WWDC. You can read that hands-on here. Or just read the review of the 13-inch I wrote up recently, where I spent entirely too much time talking about this other M2 MacBook. Meantime, here are the key things to know:
- It’s a fundamental redesign to the product’s shell, ditching the iconic beveled profile for what effectively looks like a more compact version of the 14-inch Pro’s square case
- MagSafe is back, baby
- 1080p camera
- 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display
- 18 hours of battery
That comes in a 2.7-pound design, devoid of the fan you’ll find on the Pro. There are also two new finishes, midnight and starlight, with matching MagSafe plugs.
Preorders, meanwhile, start this Friday — July 8 — at precisely 5 AM PT. The latest version of the perennial favorite thin-and-light starts at $1,199 — and $100 less if you’ve got access to an education discount.