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I bought the first MacBook Air that Apple released in 2008. The new form factor was just too tempting and I still had a G5 Mac as a work computer, so the two Macs complemented each other nicely.
Apple MacBook Air ideal as a second Mac on the go
In the meantime, I'm only on the road with a MacBook Pro and still keep an eye on the development of the MacBook Air. The design and the lightness of the device is just great. I'm missing two 32 GB RAM for my main work, but the processor that is currently available with the M1 would probably be completely sufficient for me. But if you need 32 GB of RAM, you can't currently get around a MacBook Pro.
MacBook Air M2 - later in the year
I actually expected the MacBook Air to come out with the M2 Apple Silicon processor at WWDC 2022, but loud Macrumors the MacBook Air M2 is supposed to come out "later in the year" - sometime in the second half of the year. The rumor mill even speaks of “end of 2022” for the MB Air. The 14 and 16 inch MBP models with the M2 processor are not expected until 2023.
What can we expect from the new MacBook Air M2 2022?
The M1 MacBook Air is actually a computer that can be recommended without hesitation. The processor is extremely fast, the battery lasts forever and the keyboard is good again and not as vulnerable as the old butterfly keyboard. Nevertheless, the MacBook Air M2 should set the bar a little higher.
It can be assumed that there will be a complete redesign of the case – combined with a wide range of colors to choose from. In connection with this, an Apple supplier whispered that there will be a 13-inch version of the MacBook Air in addition to the 15-inch version.
Finally, the return to MagSafe on the Mac should also find its way here, which I would very much welcome. On the one hand, the magnetic charging connection is really practical and, on the other hand, you save another USB-C port that you can use for other things. And everyone knows how quickly the ports are occupied.
Should I wait for the MacBook Air M2?
The question is difficult to give a general answer as everyone has their own personal preferences and workflow. However, the current MacBook Air M1 should easily suffice for the large number of people. The M1 processor is so fast that you should hardly reach the limit with normal work. Even if you render a video here and there or encode an audio file, you will be happy with the current MacBook Air M1 - especially because you can order it directly now and don't have to wait 6 or more months.
If you often work with many different apps at the same time, you should probably not buy a MacBook Air, but rather go straight for the MacBook Pro. Here you have the option of 32 or 64 GB of RAM, which has stopped the memory overflow warnings for me.
My tip: Buy a 16 GB RAM upgrade
The base model of the MacBook Air M1 has 8 GB of RAM. That's fine for people who surf the web with Safari, read messages with Apple Mail, and otherwise don't use many programs at the same time. But who z. B. opens many tabs in Firefox or Chrome, which fills the 8 GB RAM in no time. I would therefore always buy the update to 16 GB of RAM - then you are prepared for most situations.
Deals for the MacBook Air M1 2020
By the way, the current MacBook Air M1 2020 is available here in a price comparison idealo or at the following dealers:
- Grave accent
- The Amazon
- or used at AsGoodAsNew
If you have any questions about the Mac purchase, please let me know using the comments function. I'm trying to give you advice.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
2 thoughts on “Bad news for MacBook Air M2 fans…”
I have to use Apple iPads for work and draw components with a Windows PC using CAD and CAM programs. I can easily get by with 16GB on a Windows PC. Now the question:
Why do many blogs recommend the 16GB for the Apple Macbook Air? What is not enough with 8 GB?
My Apple Mini (i5) with 4GB is enough for surfing and applications - with 10 windows open at the same time. I can't edit CAD & CAM programs with the Mini.
In the future I would like to only use Apple and implement Windows via Parallels (Inventor Professional only for Windows PC). The question is, wait for the M2 Macbook Air or rather go straight for the Macbook Pro? Am I really undecided?
Hello Matthias! If you mean the MacBook Air M1, then it has unified memory. That means the 8GB or 16GB are used for graphics as well as for the processor. But even with 8GB you will be able to run the software, but I don't like to be short on RAM so I'd rather go with 16GB. Whether it should be a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air is a question of money. And the MacBook Air can only run an external monitor in mirror mode. If you want to work with a large monitor, I would personally go for a 1GB MacBook Pro M16 Pro. If you want to run Parallels Desktop and Windows, I might even go with 32GB of RAM. You always have the problem that you want to run macOS and Windows in parallel and both operating systems need their share of RAM. The cheaper option would probably be the MacBook Air M1 or M2 (in the fall) and 16 GB of RAM.