At the 2023 WWDC, Apple revealed a 15-inch MacBook Air with an M2 processor, with speeds up to 12x the fastest Intel version, starting at $1299.
Apple announced the 13-inch M2 MacBook Air with a redesigned chassis during WWDC 2022, so it is only fitting the larger 15-inch model was revealed during WWDC 2023. It is nearly identical in every way, just bigger.
Jumping from a 13.6-inch display to a 15.3-inch display is significant enough to warrant a different model. The larger display and long battery life set it apart as a budget laptop.
Rumors suggested that Apple has had this MacBook Air ready to go for a while, perhaps since the summer of 2022. However, supply chain constraints and other issues seemingly pushed this product back an entire year.
Design and display
The 15-inch MacBook Air has an aluminum case that is 11.5mm thick. This generation of MacBook Air is the thinnest laptop Apple has sold yet — without the taper.
Apple didn't announce any new color options for this New MacBook Air. It is available in silver, space gray, midnight, and starlight.
The classic oversized glass trackpad sits below a backlit keyboard with full-height function keys. It has a Touch ID button embedded in the top-right key.
The Liquid Retina display has 500 nits of brightness, a P3 color gamut, and True Tone. The display has a notch cutout that houses a 1080p webcam.
A six-speaker audio system enables Spatial Audio, while a three-mic array keeps audio calls sounding crisp. That's two more speakers than the 13-inch model.
The 15-inch MacBook Air has two Thunderbolt ports, a headphone jack, and a MagSafe port.
Apple quotes this MacBook as having an 18-hour battery. That's in line with Apple's usual all-day battery quote, but testing must be done.
Pricing and availability
The 15-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,299. It will be available to purchase on Monday once the Apple Store is live after the WWDC keynote.
Apple says the 13-inch MacBook Air now costs $1,099, and the older M1 model is available at $999.