MacBook Air review: M2 processor, FaceTime camera and “crazy” battery life

MacBook Air review: M2 processor, FaceTime camera and "crazy" battery life

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  • The MacBook Air comes in four different colours — silver, space grey and new starlight and midnight — both of which I’ve had a play around The MacBook Air, Apple stickers, documentation, new MagSafe to USB-C charging cable and a 30W USB-C power adapter. I love how versatile this new MacBook Air is when it comes to being recharged. Not only can you charge it via either of its two Thunderbolt (USB-C) ports but you can also use the new MagSafe port which quickly detaches if it’s accidentally yanked on.

  • Elly Awesome was blown away by the performance, display, sound quality, and battery life of Apple’s newest laptop, despite the fact that it has a hefty price tag. The new MacBook Air from Apple is available in four colours: silver, space grey, new starlight, and midnight. The new MacBook Air from Apple is available in four colours: silver, space grey, new starlight, and midnight. This week, Apple unveiled the 2022 MacBook Air, which returns with a new design and improved specs.

For example, if you trip on the cable it’s not going to pull the whole laptop off the table. We’ve had MagSafe on Apple laptops commonly in the past, so this is nothing revolutionary, but it’s great to have it back. I got my hands on both of the new starlight and midnight MacBook Air colours. Starlight is a really beautiful colourway that is kind of like silver mixed with gold but also tends to pick up hues from the light sources around you. Sometimes it looks more gold, sometimes silver, or even pink. I really like it.

In fact, the new Macbook Air can handle editing 7 streams of 4K video with titles and effects, which video editors would know is truly impressive for such a thin, fanless laptop. I edit video content a lot and now I’m considering using the Air as my on the go machine over my 16” MacBook Pro.

Midnight is another unique colour that’s somewhere between black and dark blue, depending on your environment. In my opinion though, it definitely leans towards a dark blue most of the time, so don’t expect a jet black colour. More importantly, the new MacBook Air now has Apple’s M2 chip — a major upgrade in performance for the slimline machine. With a faster 8-core CPU, up to 10-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine it’s really offering some seriously pro performance.

The design is less tapered and has moved back to the classic rectangular shape with rounded corners. And it honestly feels like two super thin iPads stuck together but one side has a keyboard and trackpad. It’s pretty much the same weight as the previous model but the screen size has been increased slightly from 13.3 inches to 13.6 inches and features a new Liquid Retina display.

Other new and notable features would have to be the 1080p FaceTime camera which has finally arrived on MacBook Air after years of being a 720p camera. The camera quality looks improved when you have good lighting but to be honest I think it’s still a little lacking in low lighting conditions compared to my iPhone. I’ll forgive that though because later in the year Apple is making it possible to use your iPhone as your webcam with iOS 16 — how rad is that? The battery life is ridiculous on this thing. It can last up to 18 hours. While testing the MacBook Air I kept intermittently checking the battery percentage during my work day, expecting it to seriously drop, and just wouldn’t.

The price is definitely on the higher side for us Aussies starting at $1899 but the features are well worth it. I think students especially would find the new MacBook Air to be a great investment, with new age tech that should hold up well into their career.We’re all still in awe of how industry veteran Glen Schofield did it, but The Callisto Protocol sprang out of nowhere and completely took us by surprise. Despite the fact that it eventually borrows from the Dead Space idea he helped develop at Visceral Games, it’s nevertheless surprising that upstart firm Striking Distance was able to pull off such a fascinating first-person experience.

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