Apple has unveiled a new 15-inch MacBook Air at its 2023 Worldwide Developers Conference. The new model is 11.5mm thick, which Apple says makes it the world’s thinnest 15-inch laptop. It has two USB-C Thunderbolt ports, a MagSafe charging connector, and a headphone jack. Its 15.3-inch screen has 500 nits of brightness, a 1080p webcam, and gets a quoted 18 hours of battery life. It’ll come with Apple’s M2 chip.
The new model starts at $1,299 and will be available next week. Meanwhile, Apple is updating the price on its smaller model. The 13-inch MacBook Air with M2 now starts at $1,099.
The new laptop represents a midrange release for Apple, which previously had a fairly large price gap between its 13-inch MacBook offerings and larger premium-priced models. The 15-inch Air will likely serve an audience that wants a large screen but doesn’t need the extra computing power (and cost) of 14-inch and 16-inch Pro models.
The 15-inch size may also serve as a convenient middle ground between Apple’s current 14-inch and 16-inch offerings. Fans of macOS haven’t had a compelling 15-inch option for several years. A 14-inch screen is often considered too small to use some creative programs comfortably, while the 16-inch Pro can be hefty to carry around alongside peripherals and camera gear. A lightweight 15-incher may find a home with users who have been caught between the two for the past couple of years.