Friday is the official launch day for Apple’s new M2-powered MacBook Air, and as customers who have pre-ordered start receiving their purchases, Apple has also started in-store sales of the new notebook.
Customers across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and other regions can now place an order on the Apple website or in the Apple Store app and arrange for in-store pickup at a local retailer.
A quick sample check at the UK Apple online store suggests that most stores in the UK, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have inventories available to customers today, although there are exceptions.
For example, the 86-core Midnight-color GPU model with 256 GB of storage is not available for in-store pick-up at Scotland’s Apple stores until Tuesday 16 August, reflecting a similar wait for online orders.
Similar delays for basic configurations are reflected in some stores in other European countries, while Australian stores will not receive stock for any configurations until Monday or Tuesday.
Key features of the new MacBook Air include Apple’s latest M2 chip, a new design with flatter edges, a slightly larger 13.6-inch screen with a notch, MagSafe charging, an upgraded 1080p camera and new Starlight and Midnight color options along with Silver and Space Gray.
The notebook is also equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 3.5 mm headphone jack with support for high impedance headphones.
The price of the new acMacBook Air starts at $ 1,199. The laptop is available with up to 24 GB of total memory and up to a 2 TB SSD. The former MacBook Air with the M1 chip remains available for $ 999.