WWDC22: MacBook Air and MacBook Pro to Run on Apple’s M2 Chip.

Apple also made hardware announcements at WWDC22. The company unveiled a redesigned MacBook Air, supercharged by the new M2 chip and a thin design. The MacBook Air comes in four finishes, larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, 1080p HD camera, four-speaker sound system, up to 18 hours of battery life and MagSafe charging.

The power of the M2 chip also comes to the 13-inch MacBook Pro with 24GB of RAM, ProRes acceleration, and up to 20 hours of battery life. With an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, working with RAW images in apps is nearly 40 percent faster than the previous generation, and up to 3.4x faster for users who are upgrading from a model without Apple silicon.
Apple also say that playing graphics-intensive games is nearly 40 percent faster than the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro, and up to 3.3x faster for customers upgrading from a model without Apple silicon. With an active cooling system, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is designed to sustain its pro performance.
With support for ProRes encode and decode in the media engine of M2, users can play back up to 11 streams of 4K and up to two streams of 8K ProRes video. And they can convert their video projects to ProRes nearly 3x faster.

MacBook Air also features two Thunderbolt ports for connecting a variety of accessories, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Additionally, the Magic Keyboard features a full-height function row with Touch ID, and a larger Force Touch trackpad.

The 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display is larger with thinner borders. It has 500 nits of brightness and supports 1 billion colors. The MacBook Air includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera with a larger image sensor for low-light performance.
MacBook Air also features a four-speaker sound system. To fit inside such a thin design, the speakers and mics are completely integrated between the keyboard and display. A three-mic array captures clean audio using advanced beamforming algorithms, while the speakers produce improved stereo separation and vocal clarity. MacBook Air also supports immersive Spatial Audio for music and movies with Dolby Atmos.

For intensive workloads like editing complex timelines in Final Cut Pro, performance is nearly 40 percent faster than the previous generation, and up to 15x faster for customers that haven’t upgraded to Apple silicon.
Applying filters and effects in apps like Adobe Photoshop is up to 20 percent faster than before, and up to 5x faster for customers that haven’t yet upgraded to Apple silicon.
And even with a larger display and increased performance, MacBook Air delivers the same great, all-day battery life as before, with up to 18 hours of video playback.
MacBook Air offers a number of charging options, including a 35W compact power adapter with two USB-C ports, so users can charge two devices at once. MacBook Air supports fast charge for charging up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with an optional 67W USB-C power adapter. The MacBook Air is available in four finishes — silver, space gray, midnight, and starlight.

Pricing and Availability
The MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro will be available next month. The MacBook Air starts at $1,199 while the 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299

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