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Apple MacBook Air M2 vs M1 MacBook Air: Which is the right pick for you?

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Published on Jun 8, 2022
Apple MacBook Air M2 vs M1 MacBook Air: Which is the right pick for you?

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Apple’s MacBook Air, powered by the new M2 chipset, was officially announced at the WWDC 2022 keynote and it is a much-awaited laptop. Apple is giving the MacBook Air, one of its best-selling Macs, an upgrade after two years. But Apple will continue selling the older M1 MacBook Air as well. So what is the difference between the two MacBook Air variants and which is the right pick for you? We take a look.
Apple MacBook Air M1 vs MacBook Air M2: Difference in price
The older MacBook Air with the M1 processor starts at Rs 99,900 on the Apple website. This is for the 256GB SSD version which has an 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU. If you buy the 512GB SSD version, the price goes up to Rs 1,19,900. This version has an 8-core CPU and an 8-core GPU. If you want to upgrade the RAM to 16GB, prepare to pay Rs 20,000 extra. This option is available on the Apple website. But keep in mind that deliveries for the MacBook Air are delayed. The Apple website shows a timeline of July 15-22.
The MacBook Air M1 is also available at a deal price of Rs 92,900 on Amazon India, Flipkart and Croma for those who want to get it at a slightly lower price. Vijay Sales is offering the best deal at the moment and the price shows Rs 90,990 for this variant. The 512GB variant is listed at Rs 1,13,500 on Amazon India, while on Flipkart the price is Rs 1,12,490. The MacBook Air M2 is starting at a price of Rs 1,19,900 for the base 8GB RAM+256GB SSD version. This variant has an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU. You can get the 10-core GPU option by paying Rs 10,000 extra on the Apple website in the customisation option. The 512GB storage option has a price of Rs 1,49,900 with an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU. One can also bump up the RAM to 16GB for another Rs 20,000, while the 24GB RAM option will cost Rs 40,000 extra. The price will be Rs 1,59,900 for the M2 with 256GB storage and 24GB RAM.
These customisation options are available on the Apple website. But keep in mind that Apple is currently not showing a delivery timeline for these. The laptops will only be available next month. The new MacBook Air comes in different colour options, including a new Midnight one. (Image credit: Apple) Apple MacBook Air M1 vs MacBook Air M2: Difference in the two chipsets
The MacBook Air’s biggest change is the new M2 chipset from Apple. According to Apple, M2 is built using the second-generation 5-nanometer technology, and it can now support 24GB of RAM. The M1 was limited to 16GB of maximum RAM support. Apple also claims that M2 has a faster CPU and GPU compared to the previous M1. The M2 consists of 20 billion transistors, while the M1 had a 16 billion comparison, though it was also built on the 5-nm design. Apple says that the “additional transistors” on M2 “improve features across the entire chip, including the memory controller that delivers 100GB/s of unified memory bandwidth”. With the MacBook Air M2, Apple is promising more power, especially for video and photo editing. (Image source: Apple) Apple claims the M2 is more power-efficient compared to the previous gen, despite being a more powerful chipset. It claims that “M2 delivers the peak performance of the PC chip while using just a quarter of the power.” While the M1 came with a 7-core or 8-core GPU, the M2 comes with an 8-core or 10-core GPU option. The M2 is also coming with some custom technologies. This includes a more powerful Neural engine compared to the M1. The dedicated Media engine also includes “includes a higher-bandwidth video decoder, supporting 8K H.264 and HEVC video,” according to Apple. It also comes with a ProRes video engine which is capable of handling multiple streams of both 4K and 8K video. It also comes with a new “image signal processor (ISP)” for better image noise reduction.  The M2 might be better suited to those who wish to use the laptop for intensive video/photo editing. Of course, the M1 can still handle those tasks, but the M2 has an edge. The MacBook Air M2 also gets the MagSafe charging back. (Image credit: Apple) Apple MacBook Air M1 vs MacBook Air M2: Design difference, other specifications
The MacBook Air M2 also has a different design and colour options compared to the older M1 MacBook Air. The older MacBook Air comes in Space Grey, Silver and Gold colour options, while the M2 has Midnight (black), Starlight (gold), Space Grey and Silver...

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