Apple once again uses the WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) keynote to present new products in the Apple universe. This time, the focus was on the successor to the popular M1 processor: M2, which can now be found in the MacBook Air, which was also newly presented.
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The all-new MacBook Air with M2 processor weighs 1.2kg with a height of 11.3mm, 20% less than the previous MacBook Air.
Like its M1 processor predecessor, the new MacBook Air M2 features a fanless design. Apple claims a remarkable 18 hours of battery life.
The new Apple M2 chip has 8 CPU cores and up to 10 GPU cores (2 more than the M1). The Neural Engine can perform up to 15.8 trillion calculations per second - over 40 per cent more than the M1. Apple claims the speed increase of the M2 chip compared to the M1 is up to a factor of 1.4 and compared to Intel-based MacBook Air up to a factor of 15x.
A maximum of 24 GB of unified memory is available, the internal SSD can be selected from 512 GB to a maximum of 2 TB. Für den Videobereich wichtig: Die Media Engine des neuen M2 hat einen Video-Decoder mit höherer Bandbreite, der 8K H.264 und HEVC Video unterstützt. Hinzu kommt die integrierte ProRes Video Engine, die gleichzeitige Wiedergabe mehrer Videostreams in 4K und 8K ermöglicht. A new image signal processor (ISP) provides better noise reduction.
Of the current MacBook Pros, the new MacBook Air M2 gets the MagSafe charging feature (which we love).
The display is a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display with a 500 nits IPS panel with wide colour (P3) gamut coverage and a resolution of 2560x1664 pixels (224 pixels per inch). The integrated FaceTime camera offers double the resolution at 1080p HD and, according to Apple, has also significantly improved its low-light performance. A total of three integrated microphones with beamforming algorithms and a 4-speaker system with spatial audio complete the integrated media hardware.
In addition to the MagSafe connection, two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports and a 3.5 mm headphone output are available. An SD card slot is not available.
Prices for the new MacBook Air with M2 chip start at 1,499 euros (RRP) / 1,384 euros incl. VAT for educational institutions.
macOS 13 Ventura and "Reference Mode" for iPad in iPadOS 16.
The most important innovations for developers are of course Apple&s operating systems, first and foremost macOS, iOS and watchOS - after all, WWDC is considered a kick-off event for adapting or redeveloping software based on the corresponding betas until the final OS versions are made available later. Among other things, macOS 13 (Ventura), which will be available in the fall, brings workflow improvements when working with multiple windows and apps via the new "Stage Manager", with which different windows can be regrouped and better organized.
Apple has also expanded the integration and interaction of different devices. For example, the iPhone can now also be used as a webcam on the Mac, and FaceTime calls can be switched between iPhone and Mac (Handoff). The search function of Apple Mail has also been greatly improved. Emails, contacts, documents, photos, etc. can now be searched much more efficiently. In addition, there are a number of new mail functions such as more intelligent error detection, scheduled mail sending, resubmission functions and much more. In the video context, we are especially excited about the also new Metal Engine in macOS 13, which now has the version number 3. Here you will find functions like MetalFX Upscaling, Fast Resource Loading API and more.
The new "Reference Mode" introduced in iPadOS 16 could also be of interest to media professionals. According to Appke, Reference Mode allows defm 12.9" iPad Pro with Liquid Retina XDR Display to match color requirements in workflows such as review and approval, color grading and compositing, where accurate color and consistent image quality are critical.
Especially for those already using Apple&s "Sidecar" technology for mobile setups, the new color consistency between iPad as preview monitor and Mac laptop should be a welcome innovation.