M2 MacBook Air stars in unboxing and teardown photos ahead of tomorrow's launch
The new MacBook Air has been orderable since last week, with Apple offering its M2-based laptop in Midnight, Silver, Space Grey and Starlight colourways. However, orders will not start reaching people until tomorrow at the earliest. In the meantime, 9to5Mac was already able to publish teardown photos of the M2 MacBook Air, unlike Dave2D.
As the images below show, batteries take up the majority of the M2 MacBook Air's chassis, advertised as 11.3 mm thick. For reference, Apple quotes the laptop as being capable of lasting up to 18 hours between charges, the same estimate as its M1-based predecessor. Conversely, the MacBook Pro 13 has up to 20 hours of battery life thanks to its larger battery capacity.
Additionally, Apple has covered the machine's logic board in a thin metal layer, presumably to aid heat transfer to its aluminium bottom panel. With no fans, it remains to be seen how effectively this passive cooling solution will work at keeping the Apple M2 in check. Incidentally, our tests determined that the latest MacBook Pro 13 could not prevent the Apple M2 from throttling. Hence, the new MacBook Air may have a tough time when we put it through its paces.
Separately, @VNchocoTaco has shared some unboxing photos of the MacBook Air. Unsurprisingly, Apple has included colour-matched stickers, plus a quick start guide and a colour-matched MagSafe to USB Type-C braided charging cable. Apple continues to utilise as little plastic as possible in its packaging too, with the MacBook Air's unboxing experience identical to Apple's other MacBook products.