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15-inch MacBook Air: It’s Bigger

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Last year’s 13-inch M2 MacBook Air is one of my favourite laptops. Although the MacBook Pro 13-inch M2 just wins on performance, the Air has advantages including two free thunderbolt ports and much better looks. So I bought one.

Now, with an extended 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display, the MacBook Air becomes an even more attractive buy with up to 18 hours of battery life, fanless design and an all-new six-speaker sound system.

It remains thin too, just 11.5mm when closed.

MagSafe means two free Thunderbolt ports

“We’re thrilled to introduce the first 15-inch MacBook Air,” said John Ternus, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering

“With its incredible performance and striking design, the new MacBook Air is the world’s best 15-inch laptop.

“And it’s only possible with Apple silicon.”

As you check out the specs below, please follow this tip. If you get the base model, bump the storage to at least 512GB. This will ensure a much better experience.

SPECS

Apple M2 chip

  • 8-core CPU with four performance cores and four efficiency cores
  • 10-core GPU
  • 16-core Neural Engine
  • 100GB/s memory bandwidth

Media engine

  • Hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes and ProRes RAW
  • Video decode engine
  • Video encode engine
  • ProRes encode and decode engine

Memory

8GB of unified memory

Configurable to:

16GB or 24GB

Storage

256GB SSD

Configurable to:

512GB, 1TB or 2TB

512GB

512GB SSD

Configurable to:

1TB or 2TB

Liquid Retina display

  • 15.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology;
    2880-by-1864 native resolution at 224 pixels per inch with
    support for 1 billion colours
  • 500 nits brightness
  • Wide colour (P3)
  • True Tone technology
15.3-inch display

Display Support

Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display in 1 billion colours and:

  • One external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz

Thunderbolt 3 digital video output

  • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
  • VGA, HDMI, DVI and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)
  • Supported formats include HEVC, H.264 and ProRes
  • HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG

Camera

1080p FaceTime HD camera

Advanced image signal processor with computational video

Audio

  • Six-speaker sound system with force-cancelling woofers
  • Wide stereo sound
  • Support for Spatial Audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos on built-in speakers
  • Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking when using AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro and AirPods Max
  • Three-mic array with directional beamforming
  • 3.5-mm headphone jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones
  • Supported formats include AAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Atmos

Batter and Power

  • Up to 18 hours Apple TV app movie playback
  • Up to 15 hours wireless web
  • 66.5-watt‑hour lithium‑polymer battery
  • 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter
  • USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable
  • Fast-charge–capable with 70W USB-C Power Adapter

Charging and Expansion

MagSafe 3 charging port

3.5-mm headphone jack

Two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports with support for:

  • Charging
  • DisplayPort
  • Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40 Gbps)
  • USB 4 (up to 40 Gbps)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)

Wireless

  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)

Bluetooth®

  • Bluetooth 5.3

Design
Height:
 1.15 cm – Width: 34.04 cm Depth: 23.76 cm Weight: 1.51 kg

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

• The 15-inch MacBook Air with M2 is available to order now on apple.com/au/store and in the Apple Store app. It will begin arriving to customers, and in Apple Store locations and Apple Authorised Resellers, beginning Tuesday, 13 June.

• The 15-inch MacBook Air with M2, available in midnight, starlight, silver, and space grey, starts at RRP A$2,199 inc. GST and RRP A$1,999 for education. 

• The 13-inch MacBook Air with M2, available in midnight, starlight, silver, and space grey, now starts at RRP A$1,799 inc. GST and RRP A$1,649 for education. 

• The 13-inch MacBook Air with M1, available in gold, silver, and space grey, remains in the lineup, starting at RRP A$1,499 inc. GST and RRP A$1,349 inc. GST for education.

• Additional technical specifications and details on Apple accessories — including the new 70W USB-C Power Adapter for RRP A$89 inc. GST — are available at apple.com/au/shop/buy-mac

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