Apple’s redesigned MacBook Air (M2, 2022) will be ready for pre-order this weekend.
MacBook Air pre-orders will go into effect on July 8 at 5 a.m. PT (8 a.m. ET, 1 p.m. GMT), Apple has announced, and those who place an order will start receiving their devices from July 15 onwards.
This was what the rumor mill thought was the case for the launch date, and it turned out to be intriguing—as did our guess as to when pre-orders might start (although logical enough, it was always a week in advance).
The new MacBook Air has been waiting since its unveiling at WWDC 2022, and while the MacBook Pro that was also revealed at the last conference went on sale first, the latter didn’t offer much in the way of change (save for the adoption of the new M2 SoC).
In general, people are more excited about the MacBook Air, as you might imagine, which changes a lot in the design – and of course adds the new M2 chip as well.
The MacBook Air starts at $1,199 / £1,249 for the entry-level model and will be available in Midnight, Starlight, Silver and Space Gray colors.
For those ready to pounce, check out our Macbook Air pre-order article connecting all the major retail outlets that will stock the laptop soon.
Analysis: Rushing to Buy – With Some Caution?
The question now regarding the MacBook Air is not when it will appear on the shelves, but how quickly it will disappear from said shelves. From what we’ve seen so far online, there’s a lot of excitement about grabbing one of Apple’s new laptops, so expect pre-order competition to be relatively fierce.
And with some question marks previously raised about Apple’s ability to keep laptop production levels appropriately strong – with shutdowns overlapping in China – there are concerns that inventory could run out too quickly.
Sure, cheaper models may be popular, though another issue could raise its head there — doubts over whether the entry-level MacBook Air’s solid-state drive (SSD) took the same acronym as we saw with the M2 MacBook Pro ( That is, using a differently formatted drive which is cheaper, but slower, in the base model).
Because of this concern, we may see some hesitation about the immediate rush to the entry-level Air, until it is confirmed whether or not the laptop takes the same storage approach as the M2 Pro.