Apple introduced the 15-inch MacBook Air equipped with the M2 processor and made some adjustments to the pricing of their lineup. Priced at $1,199, the M2 MacBook Air offered good value. Yet, the M1 MacBook Air at $999 provided an even better deal, thanks to its $199 price advantage. Nevertheless, Apple made changes to the lineup’s pricing, making the M2 model more appealing and worth considering.
Apple has made further adjustments to the pricing of their MacBook Air lineup. The 13-inch M2 MacBook Air now starts at a reduced price of $1,099, while the 15-inch M2 MacBook Air begins at $1,299. The M1 MacBook Air remains available, starting at $999.
The new pricing structure significantly enhances the value proposition of the 13-inch MacBook Air with the M2 processor compared to its M1 counterpart. For a mere $99 price difference, you can enjoy a vastly superior Mac that excels in various aspects, particularly the display. The brightness levels of the M2 MacBook Air align more closely with the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, making it an excellent choice for outdoor usage. Even the slightest increase in nit count matters in such scenarios.
If you’re willing to stretch your budget for the 15-inch MacBook Air, that’s when things become exciting. With this model, you’ll enjoy a 10-core GPU instead of the base model’s 8-core GPU. Additionally, you’ll benefit from a higher resolution display at 2880×1864. Moreover, the speaker system is significantly improved, which is particularly crucial for music enthusiasts. The new 15-inch MacBook Air delivers on all these fronts.
However, for those on a tight budget, the $999 MacBook Air with M1 still offers a compelling option. It provides the complete Mac experience, and although it may require an additional $100, it significantly enhances the overall performance.