In 2020, Apple’s The MacBook has entered a new era. The company announced it would no longer use the Intel chips it has used since 2006, and introduced the first Mac with the Apple-designed M1.By 2022, the company added Four More chip lineup: M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra (two of which power the latest MacBook Pro) and M2 chips as M1 successors.
Like Apple’s iPhones, the chips run on the ARM architecture, giving the company more control over its hardware and software. They make their laptops more powerful and energy efficient, which means a huge increase in performance and battery life. In addition, you can gain other privileges, such as the ability to run mobile applications originally made for iOS. Now, though, choosing a MacBook has become more difficult. Apple no longer sells Intel-powered models, but you can find one at third-party retailers that is only supported for a few years. Is it worth buying one? Or should I go all out with Apple chips? Here’s where we think you should spend your hard-earned money.
Update June 2022: We’ve added information about the new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro and the latest M2 chip.
Special Offer for Gear Readers: Get 1 year subscription wired $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access wired.com and our print magazine (if you wish). Subscriptions help fund the work we do every day.
Is now a good time to buy?
it depends. If you’re a power user looking for a powerful MacBook, this is a great time to buy a 14- or 16-inch MacBook Pro, since Apple just released them last fall. Most people don’t need that much power, though. The cheaper M1-powered MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro are still available for purchase starting in 2020, but the updated versions will be available starting in July.
Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
Apple’s latest MacBook Air has a slew of upgrades inside and out, which explains the price hike. Starting with the design, the company officially ditched the signature wedge shape in favor of a more boxy chassis. In addition to the traditional space gray and silver options, it comes in two new colors – Midnight and Starlight. The display is also bigger and brighter, and features an updated webcam. The Liquid Retina panel measures 13.6 inches (up from 13.3 inches on its predecessor), with thinner bezels, a screen with a brightness of 500 nits, and a notch to accommodate a 1080p sensor.
Apple didn’t add the extra ports, but the MacBook Air does get the same MagSafe treatment as the higher-end MacBook Pro models. Now you can magnetically attach the power cord to your laptop for charging, freeing up two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports. The MacBook also supports fast charging if you purchase a 67W USB-C power adapter. Apple claims it can power a MacBook up to 57 percent in 30 minutes.