The MacBook Air is Apple’s most popular laptop, and for good reason. It’s thin and light, performs very well, and is the most affordable laptop Apple sells.
At the end of 2020, it got its first major revision in a long time as one of the first Mac models to be powered by Apple Silicon. The M1 MacBook Air is a fantastic laptop—but there’s a much better one on the way. In June 2022 at WWDC, Apple announced an all-new MacBook Air with a better M2 processor, a new design, and several welcome new features and improvements.
The M1 MacBook Air remains available at $999, and unless that is the upper limit you can spend, you should definitely hold out for the new model.
Update 02/02/23: We don’t expect a new MacBook Air until at least the fall of 2023, and you can find a few bargains on the current model if you shop around. This is a good time to buy.
MacBook Air: Pricing and specs
Released: July 2022
We love the M1 MacBook Air and think the performance and battery life are phenomenal, but the new M2 MacBook Air brings a whole new design with lots of welcome improvements.
To begin with, the wedge shape is gone in favor of a flat body that resembles the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, only slimmer–even thinner than the old Air design, in fact. The bezels around the display have shrunk, expanding the viewing area to 13.6 inches. It still has only two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, but with the addition of the MagSafe connector for charging (including fast charging), they’ll both be free more often. The webcam got a bump to 1080p with much better overall quality, and the speakers and microphones are improved.
The price went up a little, but you’re getting a lot more computer for the dollar. The older M1 MacBook Air remains available at $999.
MacBook Air: Why you should buy
The new MacBook Air brings a whole new design and the latest M2 processor. Now that it has been available for several months, you may start to find some discounts on certain configurations from third-party retailers. Check our best MacBook Air deals to see if you can save some money.
MacBook Air: Why you should wait
The only reason not to buy the MacBook Air right now is if you need more performance, and want a MacBook Pro. The next MacBook Air, with the M3 processor, will probably be a good leap over this one–but it’s also not likely to appear until the second half of 2023.
Macworld recommends: BUY
It’s not often that Apple fully redesigns one of its most popular Macs, and that’s exactly what the new MacBook Air is. It’s almost certainly going to be at least half a year before it gets a processor upgrade, and there are no other expected new MacBooks on the horizon in this price range. But it has been on the market long enough that you can find a few deals out there. This is really the best time to buy.