Apple’s new M2 chip supports redesigned MacBook Air | IT Department – News

At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 6, Apple announced a new MacBook Air, one of the most popular Macs, with the new M2 on-chip (SoC) and a host of hardware and software improvements. However, the previous generation MacBook Air is still an attractive option.

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The focal point of this generation’s update is of course the new M2 SoC. Although it’s not quite as fast as the M1 Pro and the M1 Ultra, it still offers a nice improvement over the M1. Built with 20 billion 5nm transistors, the M2 features an octa-core processor, extended cache, and wider memory bandwidth. Apple says these improvements represent an 18% increase in processor performance over the previous generation M1.

In addition, the M2 chip increases the number of graphics cores from 7 to 10, which improves its performance in GPU-accelerated workloads and in games. With a core count and higher optimizations, the M2 GPU is 25% faster than the M1 at the same power level and 35% faster at maximum power.

Other systems in the M2 include a regenerative Neural Engine that can handle 40% more operations than the M1, and a high-bandwidth media decoder that supports 8K H.264 video and HEVC. And of course, the M2 still comes with Apple’s latest secure zone, which is a staple of M-series chip-based Macs.

Updated MacBook Air

MacBook Air leaves behind its distinctive tapered design and adopts the same round-block aesthetic as the MacBook Pro. Prior to this redesign, the MacBook Air was thicker at the hinge, then gradually thinner to the thinnest point under the palm rest. Although the design has changed, it is still light, weighing just 1.24kg and being 1.13cm thick. The all-metal body is made from 100% recycled aluminum to be more environmentally friendly.

In its basic configuration, the MacBook Air has only 8 GB of unified memory and 256 GB of SSD storage. It also uses an M2 chip with an eight-core GPU. The complete M2 with 10-core GPU is available in the highest configuration with 512GB of storage. However, the maximum memory capacity has been extended to 24GB, the maximum configurable storage is still 2TB, and all models remain passively cool, meaning no annoying fans, no matter how much you work.

The performance boost doesn’t come at the expense of battery life. Apple claims that the new MacBook Air offers up to 18 hours of use on a single charge. The device also allows for fast charging up to 50% in 30 minutes using the 67W USB-C Power Adapter, which is of course sold separately.

Aside from the performance, one immediately noticeable difference is the presentation. Not only is it now larger, from 13.3 inches to 13.6 inches, but it has also been replaced by a Liquid Retina display that supports DCI-P3 full color gamut and reaches a maximum brightness of 500 nits.

Apple’s new M2-based MacBook Air starts at $1,499, which is $200 more than the previous generation. For a configuration with a 10-core GPU, the price starts at $1,899, which could tempt buyers to look for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which has also been updated with an M2 chip and starts at $1,699.

For more details, the original article (in English) is available on the site IT world Canadasister post informational guidance.

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