Apple 15" MacBook Air (Starlight)

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Apple 15" MacBook Air (Starlight)
Key Features
  • Apple M2 8-Core Chip
  • 8GB Unified RAM | 512GB SSD
  • 15.3" 2880 x 1864 Liquid Retina Display
  • 10-Core GPU | 16-Core Neural Engine
Now offering an enlarged Liquid Retina display, the Apple 15" MacBook Air provides users with additional screen real estate with deep colorization, vivid brightness, and immersive tone suitable for both work and play. The Apple M2 chip combines the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and more into a single system on a chip (SoC), utilizing 2nd-Gen 5nm process technology for enhanced performance. Tackle your projects with the fast 8-Core CPU and take on graphics-intensive apps and games with the 10-core GPU. Accelerate machine learning tasks with the 16-core Neural Engine. Complete with a silent, fanless design and up to 18 hours of battery life, the MacBook Air is still portable, but now a lot more powerful. It also has 8GB of unified RAM and a 512GB SSD.
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Apple MacBook Air 15.3" Mid 2023 Overview

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Now offering an enlarged Liquid Retina display, the Apple 15" MacBook Air provides users with additional screen real estate with deep colorization, vivid brightness, and immersive tone suitable for both work and play. The Apple M2 chip combines the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and more into a single system on a chip (SoC), utilizing 2nd-Gen 5nm process technology for enhanced performance. Tackle your projects with the fast 8-Core CPU and take on graphics-intensive apps and games with the 10-core GPU. Accelerate machine learning tasks with the 16-core Neural Engine. Complete with a silent, fanless design and up to 18 hours of battery life, the MacBook Air is still portable, but now a lot more powerful. It also has 8GB of unified RAM and a 512GB SSD.

The new MacBook Air also has a larger screen. It now features the 15" Liquid Retina Display, which has a 2880 x 1864 screen resolution for 219 pixels per inch (ppi). The display has been expanded near the sides and top to make room for the menu bar. This means the MacBook Air now has a larger display with thinner bezels, giving you more screen real estate. The display also features 500 nits of brightness, P3 wide color gamut, and can support one billion colors for vibrant photos and movies. With True Tone technology, the white balance automatically adjusts to match the color temperature of the light around you for a more natural viewing experience. The MacBook Air is also thinner and lighter, weighing just 3.3 pounds and measuring just 0.45" thin.

Connect to the internet via Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and use compatible wireless peripherals and accessories with Bluetooth 5.3. The two Thunderbolt 3 ports provide USB4 support and can even connect to an external 6K display at 60 Hz. Apple also included a three-mic array for clear recordings and calls. There is also now a Full HD 1080p FaceTime camera, which has a larger image sensor and more efficient pixels that deliver twice the resolution and low-light performance of the previous generation. Combined with the advanced image signal processor on the M2 means you'll look great on video calls. Keep your MacBook Air secure with Touch ID fingerprint technology. The backlit Magic Keyboard provides a comfortable typing experience, and the Force Touch trackpad allows for precise cursor control, pressure-sensing capabilities, and Multi-Touch gestures. MagSafe returns to the MacBook Air. The dedicated charging port uses magnets for easy plugging and unplugging.

Please note that this MacBook Air can only output to a single external display with up to 6K resolution at 60 Hz.

This Mac comes preloaded with macOS. Updates can be downloaded for free via the Mac App Store. Please check Apple's website for upgrade eligibility.

Apple M2 Chip
Now packed with 20 billion transistors, the Apple M2 integrates the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and more into a single system on a chip (SoC). The additional transistors improve the features of the chip, including the memory controller that can deliver up to 100 GB/s of unified memory bandwidth. The M2 has faster performance cores with a larger cache and the efficiency cores have been enhanced for more performance gains. The Apple M2 performs up to 1.4 times faster than the previous generation M1 while still delivering battery life of up to 18 hours of video playback. The M2 was also designed to speed up video workflows by adding a next-gen media engine and a powerful ProRes video engine for hardware-accelerated encode and decode. This means the M2 can play back more streams of 4K and 8K video.
15.3" Liquid Retina Display
The MacBook Air now features the 15.3" Liquid Retina Display, with support for one billion colors. The 2880 x 1864 resolution provides crisp text. The 500 nits of brightness and wide P3 color gamut ensure that photos and movies are brilliant and vivid, complete with rich contrast and sharp detail.
Compact Design
The MacBook Air lives up to its name, weighing in at just 3.3 pounds and measuring just 0.45" thin. The durable enclosure features 100 percent recycled aluminum. The MacBook Air also features a silent, fanless design.
Full HD 1080p FaceTime Camera
Now with a Full HD 1080p FaceTime camera, the MacBook Air allows you to look your best during video calls. The three-mic array features advanced beamforming algorithms to capture clean audio, allowing your voice to come through loud and clear.
MagSafe
The MacBook Air now features the quick-release MagSafe 3 power connector. MagSafe 3 can easily attach and detach with magnets, preventing any unintentional disconnects.
True Tone Technology
With True Tone technology, the display delivers a more natural viewing experience for design and editing workflows, as well as everyday tasks like browsing the web and writing email.
Touch ID
The advanced security and convenience of Touch ID is built into the MacBook Air. Simply place your finger on the integrated Touch ID sensor and your MacBook Air unlocks. Use your fingerprint to immediately access locked documents, notes, and system settings. You can also use Apple Pay securely during checkout while online shopping. No need to enter shipping or billing info, and your card details are never shared.
Magic Keyboard
The Magic Keyboard on this MacBook Air features a scissor mechanism that delivers 1mm of key travel. There's also a physical Esc key and an inverted "T" arrangement for the arrow keys. Combined with the Touch ID, the Magic Keyboard provides a comfortable, accurate typing experience.
Thunderbolt 3 with USB4 Support
Thunderbolt 3 is a hardware interface that utilizes the reversible USB Type-C connector. Doubling the speed of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 features a maximum throughput of 40 Gb/s when used with compatible devices. The connector also supports USB4, allowing you to connect to more peripherals, including the Apple Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution.
Performance Features
For intensive workloads like editing complex timelines in Final Cut Pro, performance is nearly 40 percent faster than the previous generation and up to 15 times faster for customers that haven't upgraded to Apple Silicon.
Applying filters and effects in apps like Adobe Photoshop is up to 20 percent faster than before and up to 5 times faster for customers that haven't yet upgraded to Apple Silicon.

Apple MacBook Air 15.3" Mid 2023 Specs

Key Specs
Operating System
macOS
Processor
Apple M2
GPU
Apple (10-Core)
Total Installed Memory
8 GB
Display Size
15.3"
Native Resolution
2880 x 1864
Touchscreen
No
Total Installed Capacity
512 GB
Inputs/Outputs
2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3 / USB4) / Supports Video Alt Mode and Power Delivery
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with MU-MIMO Support
Bluetooth
5.3
Weight
3.3 lb / 1.5 kg
Model Year
Mid 2023
Performance
Processor
Apple M2
CPU
8-Core: Performance (4 Cores)
Efficiency (4 Cores)
Graphics Type
Integrated
GPU
Apple (10-Core)
Memory Type
Embedded DRAM
Total Installed Memory
8 GB
Memory Configuration
8 GB (Onboard)
ECC Memory
No
Display
Panel Type
IPS-Type LCD
Display Size
15.3"
Aspect Ratio
16:10
Native Resolution
2880 x 1864
Touchscreen
No
Finish
Glossy with Antireflective Coating
Maximum Brightness
500 nits / cd/m2
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Technology
No
Storage and Expansion
Total Installed Capacity
512 GB
Storage Drive Type
1x 512 GB / Integrated NVMe SSD
Inputs / Outputs
Inputs/Outputs
2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3 / USB4) / Supports Video Alt Mode and Power Delivery
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Output
Network I/O
No
Built-In Speakers
6 and Subwoofer
Built-In Microphones
3
Media/Memory Card Slot
No
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with MU-MIMO Support
Bluetooth
5.3
Cellular Support
No
GPS
No
Webcam
User-Facing: 1080p
Battery
Battery Chemistry
Lithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
Capacity
66.5 Wh
Keyboard & Mouse
Keyboard
Built-In Chiclet-Style Keyboard with Backlight
Pointing Device
Force Touch Trackpad
General
Security
Fingerprint Reader
Power Supply
35 W with Magsafe
AC Input Power
120 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Operating Temperature
50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
Operating Humidity
0 to 90%
Certifications
ENERGY STAR
Dimensions
13.4 x 9.35 x 0.45" / 34 x 23.75 x 1.14 cm
Weight
3.3 lb / 1.5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
6.32 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
16.8 x 12.6 x 2.6"

Apple MacBook Air 15.3" Mid 2023 Reviews

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Is starlight or silver the original brushed ...

Is starlight or silver the original brushed aluminum?
Asked by: JEFF
The Apple 15" MacBook Air (Starlight), B&H # APMQKV3LLA, has the Starlight finish which has a slight yellow tint. If you want the original Apple aluminum look, you would need to look into the Apple 15" MacBook Air (Silver), B&H # APMQKT3LLA, which has the silver finish.
Answered by: Miguel
Date published: 2023-12-29

How much Apple care is included?

How much Apple care is included?
Asked by: Henry
The Apple 15" MacBook Air comes with a limited 1-year manufacturer's warranty. AppleCare+ is not included, but can be purchased separately as an upgrade.
Answered by: calvinm
Date published: 2024-03-04

Can the MacBook Air 15 use a wireless mouse?

Can the MacBook Air 15 use a wireless mouse?
Asked by: Alan
Yes, you can use a wireless mouse with the Apple 15" MacBook Air (Midnight), B&H # APMBA15M2M05.
Answered by: Miguel
Date published: 2023-12-26

Is your MacBook new or refurbished?

Is your MacBook new or refurbished?
Asked by: Stepan
This Apple 15" MacBook Air (Midnight), B&H # APMQKX3LLA, is a new laptop, not used or refurbished.
Answered by: Kennethc
Date published: 2024-03-29

Is this new? Macbook Air 15in M2 16GB 256GB ...

Is this new? Macbook Air 15in M2 16GB 256GB midnight.
Asked by: Younghoon
This Apple 15" MacBook Air (M2, Midnight) is a new item. All of the items on our website are new unless marked otherwise.
Answered by: calvinm
Date published: 2024-05-01

Does Microsoft Excel version 16 work on this this ...

Does Microsoft Excel version 16 work on this this MacBook Air?
Asked by: Gary
Microsoft has discontinued support for Excel 2016, so while it may be compatible with the current release of MacOS, there is no guarantee it will function in future versions.
Answered by: Alexandra D
Date published: 2023-11-14

Does B&H offer this with the 70W USB-C Power ...

Does B&H offer this with the 70W USB-C Power Adapter instead of the 35W Dual USB-C Port Compact Power Adapter?
Asked by: Yitzy
The Apple 15" MacBook Air with M2 8-core chip does not ship with a 70W power adapter.
Answered by: calvinm
Date published: 2024-02-16

Does the 15 inch Macbook air have a backlit ...

Does the 15 inch Macbook air have a backlit keyboard?
Asked by: Dan
Yes it does. One of the reviewers said it does not, but that's incorrect. There's a setting which can automatically turn off the key lights when keyboard is not in use, so maybe that's the reason for the confusion.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2024-01-20
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