In 2012, I walked into an Apple Store to purchase a MacBook for school with all the cash I earned from my summer time job. I set a funds below $1,000 and was on a mission to seek out the proper laptop computer for a soon-to-be journalism main. A retailer clerk pointed me towards the 11-inch MacBook Air and stated, “It’s light! It’s portable! It’s perfect for writing stories on the go!” He was proper. It powered me by way of 4 years of courses, internships, and a stint at my faculty paper.
I’d be mendacity if I stated I wasn’t envious every time I noticed one other pupil carrying round a MacBook Pro. I all the time felt like I used to be settling for the Air—sacrificing some options I believed I wanted for portability. But a decade later, I could not really feel extra completely different. The new 2022 MacBook Air truly provides extra than the brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro, together with a slick new design, a much bigger and brighter show, MagSafe assist (yes, it’s back!), and a 1080p webcam.
With these upgrades comes the inevitable enhance in value. The base MacBook Air now begins at $1,199 (you’ll be able to nonetheless get the 2020 M1 MacBook Air for $999). It’s nonetheless no MacBook Pro, which has a nicer collection of ports and extra uncooked energy, however in any case these years, the Air remains to be mild, transportable, and ideal for writing tales on the go.
A Breath of Fresh Air
Gone are the times of the signature wedge design on the MacBook Air. The new mannequin now has the identical boxy chassis as the most recent high-end MacBook Pro models, which in my eyes provides it a extra subtle look. But it is a lot lighter. At simply 2.7 kilos, I are likely to elevate it with an excessive amount of power as a result of I’m not used to carrying round such a light-weight machine. (It’s thinner and lighter than the 2020 MacBook Air too!)
It would possibly share an analogous look, however sadly, you will not get the identical connectivity improve. The new MacBook Air solely has two USB-C ports, a 3.5-mm headphone jack, and—fortunately—a MagSafe port for charging. (No HDMI or SD card slot.) As somebody who primarily makes use of a MacBook for writing, emails, video calls, and Netflix, the dearth of ports did not trouble me, however it will have been good.
If you are coming from an older Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro, you may probably most admire the brand new show. Sort of. It’s nonetheless an LCD panel caught at 60 Hz, however Apple has bumped the brightness a smidge, and I had zero bother studying the display screen after I labored outdoors in my yard. The display screen dimension additionally goes from 13.3 to 13.6 inches, because of slimmer borders across the show. It appears like a small increase, however I seen (and appreciated) the bigger actual property. Annoyingly, this MacBook can nonetheless solely join to 1 exterior monitor (a limitation on the M1 MacBook Air as effectively). Not nice if you wish to reap the advantages of a multiscreen setup.
Just like on the 14-inch MacBook Pro, there is a notch carved into the middle prime of the display screen, which homes the 1080p webcam, however it would not trouble me. You can use a darkish background to cover it, and it additionally vanishes when you might have an app in full-screen mode. If the notch is what enabled Apple to lastly improve the webcam, I’m all for it. It’s lastly 1080p, so I look sharper in my video calls, although I’ve seen Apple provides a skin-smoothing impact.