Hands-On With the M2 MacBook Air: All Your Questions Answered

Happy MacBook Air launch day! Today is the official debut date of the new M2 ‌MacBook Air‌, which features the first major redesign to the ‌MacBook Air‌ in a decade. We picked up one of the new ‌M2‌ ‌MacBook Air‌ machines and decided to do a hands-on video where we answer questions from MacRumors readers.


The ‌M2‌ ‌MacBook Air‌ no longer has a tapered design, and it instead looks a lot more like the MacBook Pro. It's thinner and lighter than the prior model, and it comes in new colors that include Midnight and Starlight.

In the video, we answer questions about the ‌M2‌ chip's performance for everyday tasks, the SSD storage you should choose and what you need to know about the SSD, whether you should upgrade the RAM, how the ‌M2‌ chip compares to the M1 Pro chip, how the display measures up to the prior-generation ‌MacBook Air‌, and tons more.

You'll want to watch our video for our full ‌MacBook Air‌ overview that includes details MacRumors readers wanted to know, but we also want to hear from you. Have a new ‌M2‌ ‌MacBook Air‌? Let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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Top Rated Comments

nvmls Avatar
1 week ago

Even the notch looks pretty.
Whoa... let's not get too courageous now son.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
2 weeks ago
Not going to lie the color Midnight looks stunningly gorgeous! It's got that stealthier look.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tweaknmod Avatar
2 weeks ago

But if you are going to get 512/16gb - why not already go to the MBP?
Thinner, lighter, better battery life, less expensive, and (supposedly) better keyboard.

At least, that's why I'm getting a MBA rather than a MBP.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MDomino Avatar
1 week ago
He's got 10 Safari tabs open and 4 or 5 apps running and everything is running fine. What a time to be alive!
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gadgetgirl85 Avatar
2 weeks ago
But if you are going to get 512/16gb - why not already go to the MBP?
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
darngooddesign Avatar
2 weeks ago

But if you are going to get 512/16gb - why not already go to the MBP?
Which weighs almost a pound more.

Price aside, the point of the Air is its size, weight, and battery life.

If you don't care about those things consider a discounted 14" MBP.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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