Rumors a few days ago said that pre-orders for the MacBook Air M2 would start on July 8, with the in-store release date slated for a week later on July 15. Apple confirmed the rumors on Wednesday. Pre-orders for one of the most anticipated MacBooks in recent history will begin Friday, July 8. Precisely one week later, on July 15, Apple will ship pre-orders to buyers and begin selling the M2-powered MacBook Air in stores.
M2 MacBook Air pre-orders and release date
Apple unveiled the M2 MacBook Air at WWDC 2022 a month ago. But the company didn’t reveal any pre-order or release dates for the new laptop at the event.
This timeline was not surprising for an Apple event during the pandemic. Apple usually starts selling new hardware as soon as it’s announced. But it hasn’t been able to do that with every new product since the pandemic hit.
The 2022 lockdowns in China impacted Apple’s MacBook lines. As a result, there were fears that Apple might have to delay the release date of the M2 MacBook Air.
Apple started selling a brand new MacBook a few days ago. The M2 MacBook Pro, which was pre-ordered within days of the WWDC keynote. However, the MacBook Pro M2 is virtually identical to the MacBook Pro M1.
The new MacBook Air, on the other hand, has a complete design overhaul, not just a few spec upgrades.
Fortunately, Apple fans can finally plan their MacBook Air M2 pre-orders. Apple says online sales begin July 8 at 5:00 a.m. PDT, a time that will sound familiar to Apple shoppers who regularly pre-order Apple products.
The M2 MacBook Air release date also comes as no surprise. Apple typically ships new products a week after pre-orders begin. The new Air is no exception.
What’s important to remember, though, is that supply might be limited. Shoppers looking to score a new MacBook Air on July 15 should place their order as soon as preorders open this Friday. The alternative is to visit a store on the release date if you want to try out the new form factor before buying.
How much does the MacBook Air M2 cost?
The MacBook Air M2 starts at $1,199 for the M2 version with an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU. You also get 8GB of unified memory and 256GB of storage for this price.
If you want to future-proof your MacBook Air M2, you might want to opt for the more expensive $1,499 model. This version has the same amount of memory but comes with double the storage (512GB SSD). More importantly, this version gives you the most powerful M2 chip version of the MacBook Pro M2. You get a 10-core GPU alongside the 8-core CPU in this one.
As with other MacBook models, you’ll be able to further customize the M2 Air when pre-orders begin. You can increase the amount of RAM and storage, but the prices will increase accordingly. Unified storage can go up to 24GB and you’ll have SSD options up to 2TB.
It’s unclear if the custom M2 MacBook Air versions will ship on the release date, so you’ll have to wait until Friday for shipping estimates.
Finally, students and teachers can enjoy $100 in education savings on their purchase of a MacBook Air M2.
If you’re still undecided, remember that the MacBook Air M2 could sell out quickly, and that shipping date could go well beyond the in-store release date. The M2 MacBook Pro reviews might be helpful, at least when it comes to the kind of performance and battery life you can expect from the new Air’s M2 chip.
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