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Apple Unveils 15-inch MacBook Air

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Today, to kickoff its WWDC 2023 keynote, Apple announced its first-ever 15-inch MacBook.

Starting at $1,299, the new 15-inch Air pairs Apple’s current-generation M2 processor with a larger screen and the svelte design of the MacBook Air you know and love.

Apple says it’s the thinnest 15-inch laptop on the market measuring just 11.5mm thick and weighing 3 pounds. At the heart of the laptop is a new 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display surrounded by 5mm bezels.

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The display is capable of 500 nits of brightness and 1 billion colors.

During the keynote, Apple positioned the 15-inch Air directly against its Windows competition, saying that 15-inch Windows PCs are typically full of trade-offs. Apple says the 15-inch Air strikes the best balance between thinness, lightness, display and battery life, noting that the M2 15-inch Air is twice as fast, has twice the display resolution with 25% more brightness, is 40% thinner, half-a-pound lighter―and all with 50% better battery life than competing 15-inch Windows machines.

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In comparison to an Intel MacBook Air, this 15-inch M2 Air is 12x faster and Apple quotes battery life of 18 hours.

In terms of connectivity, Apple has included a MagSafe charging port, two Thunderbolt ports and a headphone jack on this new Air.

Of course even with the benefit of two Thunderbolt ports and a dedicated MagSafe charging port, once you connect a display, or a drive to this laptop―or both―you’re already just about out of ports. That’s why a Thunderbolt 3 dock like the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock or a Thunderbolt 4 dock like the OWC Thunderbolt Go are the perfect companions for getting the most out of the 15-inch Air. You’ll be able to keep your MacBook charged up while having access to all of your drives and displays for ultimate productivity.

OWC Thunderbolt Go Dock
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For video calls, above the display resides a 1080p front-facing camera and Apple has also included a 3-mic array. It packs six speakers, including force-canceling woofers for Spatial Audio.

You can order the 15-inch M2 MacBook Air starting at $1,299 today. It will be available in stores and will start shipping next week.

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