Apple’s MacBook Air first appeared in 2008. Back then, Apple claimed the 13.3-inch ultraportable was the world’s thinnest laptop. Flash forward to WWDC 2023 and Apple announced another thinnest laptop in the world, the 15-inch MacBook Air. To be clear, Apple claims this is the thinnest 15-inch laptop at 11.5 millimeters and weighs just 3.3 pounds. While In the past, Apple has scaled back with the MacBook Airthe new model is the largest Air yet and features a new 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display.
Apple fans who I watched the ad you may have noticed that aside from display size, there are almost no differences between the current 13-inch M2 MacBook Air and the new 15-inch Air. Yes, it’s a bit bigger and heavier, as you’d expect, and Apple added two more speakers for a total of six. But really, that’s all.
It’s not that the 15-inch is the same as the 13-inch; it’s the last one one of the best laptops you can buy. It’s just that the jump from the 13-inch M1 MacBook Air to the 13-inch M2 MacBook Air was significant. So it’s a little disappointing that the new MacBook Air didn’t get a new processor or other unique features. Then again, sometimes all you want is a bigger screen. And oddly enough, Windows doesn’t have much competition at this size; they are mostly 14- or 16-inch models.
One more thing: The 15-inch MacBook Air is actually reasonably priced for Apple. While I’d still recommend stepping up to $1,499 to get 16GB of storage for the sake of longevity, the $1,299 base model will probably be enough of a laptop for many people. Anyway, here’s how the Air’s specs measure up, and I’ve added the M1 Air, which is still available at $999. Also, here’s our hands-on with the new MacBook Air and its 15.3-inch display.
MacBook Air (13-inch, M1) vs. MacBook Air (13-inch, M2) vs. MacBook Air (15-inch, M2)
|MacBook Air (13 inch, M1)||MacBook Air (13 inch, M2)||MacBook Air (15 inch, M2)|
|Starting price||$999, £999, AU$1,499||$1099, £1149, AU$1799||$1299, £1399, AU$2199|
|Display||13.3-inch, 2560×1600 pixels Retina (400 nits brightness)||13.6-inch, 2560×1664 pixels Liquid Retina (500 nits brightness)||15.3-inch, 2880×1864 pixels Liquid Retina (500 nits brightness)|
|Number of processor cores||8||8||8|
|Number of GPU cores||7||To 10||10|
|Start / Max. RAM||8GB / 16GB||8GB / 24GB||8GB / 24GB|
|Startup / Maximum Storage||256GB / 2TB||256GB / 2TB||256GB / 2TB|
|Wireless||802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0||802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3||802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3|
|Connections||Thunderbolt/USB 4 USB-C (x2)||Thunderbolt/USB 4 USB-C (x2)||Thunderbolt/USB 4 USB-C (x2)|
|Webcam||720p FaceTime HD camera||1080p FaceTime HD camera||1080p FaceTime HD camera|
|Number of speakers / microphones||2/3||4/3||6/3|
|Battery life||Until 6 p.m||Until 6 p.m||Until 6 p.m|
|Power adapter||30-watt USB-C||30W USB-C (8-core GPU), 35W Dual USB-C (10-core GPU)||35-watt dual USB-C|
|Weight||2.8 pounds (1.29 kg)||2.7 pounds (1.24 kg)||3.3 pounds (1.5 kg)|