I’ve been a pure Windows user my entire adult life and have never given Apple’s Mac computers a second look. Not only was I completely satisfied with Windows computers, Macs were always too expensive for me. But things could change with the arrival of the 2022 MacBook Air.
Since joining Tom’s Guide, I’ve had the opportunity to review a handful of the best MacBooks. The 14-inch MacBook Pro was my first exposure to modern macOS, and I found this particular experience quite enlightening.
I’m still getting used to macOS, but I’m getting more used to it every day, especially after using other Macs like MacBook Pro 2020 and MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022). That’s the device I’m currently using for any Apple related stories I need to work on, but I have to return this laptop. Because of this, I’ve seriously considered getting my own MacBook.
While the 14-inch MacBook Pro has long been targeted for its attractive design and robust performance, the 2022 MacBook Air seems like a better laptop for my specific needs. Now that I can buy the 2022 MacBook Pro on July 15th, maybe it’s time to get a Mac.
That’s why the MacBook Air 2022 could be my first Apple laptop.
MacBook Air 2022 design and features
I’m a big fan of the 2021 MacBook Pro’s slim aluminum body, which is both modern and vintage. The MacBook Air 2022 has a similar build but is thinner at 11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches and weighs 2.7 pounds.
When carrying a laptop around, I want it to be as thin as possible. The Air definitely meets these requirements.
Other features include a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, a 1080p webcam, and — perhaps the most important design feature I want — MagSafe charging. Not only does the MagSafe connector snap easily onto MacBooks, but it also protects your laptop from accidents that could snap the power cord with a sharp tug.
The 2022 MacBook Air has four color options: Midnight, Starlight, Silver, and Space Gray. I’m eyeing a Midnight laptop as I prefer darker toned electronics. And while I don’t hate the Touch Bar as much as some, I’m glad the new MacBook Air has standard function keys.
Price and specifications of the MacBook Air 2022
The 2022 MacBook Air has a starting price of $1,199. This configuration includes a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display with a resolution of 2560 x 1664, 8 GB of unified memory, 256 GB of storage, and an Apple M2 chip with 8 CPU cores and 8 GPU cores. Those specs and price point are pretty solid for most people. However, I would like a little more.
When I get the 2022 MacBook Air, I’ll opt for a configuration with 10 GPU cores, 16GB of unified memory, and 265GB of storage. Although this increases the price by $300 to $1,499, I’m still paying $500 less than the entry-level 14-inch MacBook Pro, which starts at $1,999. Granted, this laptop has a superior mini-LED display, more ports (including HDMI), and a more powerful M1 Pro chip. But considering I won’t be using the laptop as much as my Windows desktop, I don’t need all the bells and whistles of the 2021 MacBook Pros.
These specs are all I need for my day-to-day computing needs, which mostly consist of using Google services like Drive, Docs, Meet, and Mail for work. Since I work for Google so much – especially its cloud-based services – 256GB of storage is more than enough. Worst case I always get one of the best external hard drives.
I could probably get by with an 8-core GPU, but I want the extra headroom as I often need to edit photos on GIMP. And in case I need to edit and render a video, 10 GPU cores let me do it more efficiently.
In terms of gaming, this is an activity I can partake in on my RTX 3080 Ti powered desktop. As great as Macs are these days thanks to Apple’s M1 and M2 chips, they’re not yet competent gaming machines. Since I won’t be playing games on the MacBook Air 2022, the relatively modest specs and storage are more than enough.
The Apple ecosystem and support
Over the past few months, I’ve slowly entrenched myself in the Apple ecosystem. For those who don’t know, this ecosystem includes the company’s various hardware, software, and services. Interoperability between devices like that iPhone, iPadmacbook, Apple watch, AirPods and home pod This is what makes the Apple ecosystem so strong and is something that companies like Microsoft and Samsung have tried to emulate but failed to.
I have an Apple Watch SE, an iPhone 13 Pro, AirPods Pro and an iPad 7. The missing piece of the puzzle is a Mac, more specifically a MacBook. I already use the MacBook Pro 2022 to send messages via iMessage or to edit photos taken with my iPhone thanks to cloud services such as AirDrop and iCloud. But like I said, it’s not my Device. Owning the MacBook Air would cement the whole deal.
Apple’s support for its devices is also important. The upcoming macOS 13 Ventura is compatible with MacBooks from 2017 and later. If the 2022 MacBook Pro gets similar support then it should be viable for at least the next five years. I tend to refresh my desktop every five years anyway, so I won’t have a problem doing the same with a laptop.
Can I get the MacBook Air 2022?
I’m still undecided on when I’ll get the 2022 MacBook Air, if I’ll buy it at all. I could snag one when shipping starts July 15th or I can wait a little longer.
I’m also in no rush to get my hands on the 2022 MacBook Air, knowing that Apple will be supporting it for many years to come. I realize that if I wait too long I’ll be faced with the prospect of a newer MacBook Air, but I should have plenty of time to make up my mind before that happens.
But whether this year or next year, the odds that I’ll own the 2022 MacBook Air are very high. Given all that it offers, I know I’ll be a satisfied customer if I decide to take the plunge.