MacBook Air M2: Apple announces pre-order and global shipping dates for redesigned laptop
Apple has finally lifted the lid on when the new MacBook Air will start shipping, as well as when people can order the laptop. Incidentally, while MacRumors leaked these dates last week, Marques Brownlee seemingly included easter eggs about the laptop's release within his ROG Phone 6 Pro review video, discussed separately. Although Brownlee had titled today's reveal as 'Apple MBA Briefing', Apple shared details via a press release on its Newsroom.
According to the announcement, the MacBook Air will become orderable from July 8 at 05:00 PDT (12:00 UTC). Unfortunately, it remains to be seen how many units Apple will offer initially. On the one hand, Apple has no problems supplying orders of the refreshed MacBook Pro 13, which has taken a battering in early reviews. On the other hand, Apple still provides long lead times for MacBook Pro 14, MacBook Pro 16 and Mac Studio orders in most cases. For reference, the new MacBook Air starts at US$1,199 or US$1,099 with an education discount applied.
As expected, Apple will begin shipping the MacBook Air with M2 on July 15. It is worth noting that this date applies to the laptop's global release, not just in the US. At launch, Apple offers the new MacBook Air in silver, starlight, space grey and midnight colourways. Despite starting at US$1,199 before any discounts, the machine can cost up to US$2,499 when fully loaded. By default, the MacBook Air ships with 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD and an 8-core GPU. However, Apple allows people to configure the laptop with a 10-core GPU, plus up to 24 GB of RAM, a 2 TB SSD and a 35 W or 67 W power adapter.