September 26, 2022
M2 MacBook Air vs. M1 MacBook Air: Is It Worth the Upgrade?

Since switching to its in-house silicon chips, Apple’s MacBooks are more powerful and battery efficient than ever. If you’re in the market for a new MacBook Air, you have two options: the M2 MacBook Air or the M1 MacBook Air.

With a $200 price difference, you could be wondering whether you should pick the M2 MacBook Air or its predecessor. And if you own the M1 MacBook Air, is it worth upgrading to the M2 MacBook Air? Well, here’s a detailed comparison of the two machines to help you decide.

One of the key differences between the two MacBook Air models is the design. Being the latest model, Apple tweaked the design of the M2 MacBook Air to match what we’ve seen with the redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, launched in late 2021. Apple ditched the wedge shape for a flat design with uniform thickness in an all-aluminum enclosure. Still, you should physically protect your MacBook.

The M2 MacBook Air is thinner and lighter than the M1 model. It measures 0.44 inches tall, relative to its predecessor’s 0.63-inch height (at its bulkiest point), and weighs 2.7 pounds, or 0.1 pounds less. In real life, it’s hard to notice the slight difference in weight. Speaking of slimness, the M1 MacBook Air measured just 0.16 inches at the thinnest point, so was much thinner at the thinnest point, thanks to the wedge design.

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