Apple Unveils 15-inch MacBook Air with Liquid Retina Display

At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2023), Apple announced a new addition to its MacBook Air lineup, the MacBook Air 15. For this reporter, the headline feature is the laptop’s 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display, which represents a significant size increase from the 13-inch model and a first for the MacBook Air range.

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The company has framed this display as a tool to enhance creative work, aiming to deliver a superior visual experience with vivid colors and deep blacks. The display is surrounded by thin 5mm borders, maximizing the screen area and reinforcing a sleek, minimalist aesthetic.

The MacBook Air 15 also comes with an integrated 1080p webcam, a feature likely included to cater to the current trend of remote work and video conferencing. The inclusion of a three-mic array hints at an emphasis on audio clarity during calls, another boon for the working professional.

Every presentation at Apple’s keynote for WWDC 2023, which was kicked off with the announcement of the MacBook Air 15 inch, was delivered against the background of the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters, choreographed and time to perfection. Slick and on point. (Source: Apple)

According to Apple, the MacBook Air’s display offers twice the resolution and is 25% brighter than the best-selling 15-inch PC laptop with a Core i7 processor. In terms of design, the MacBook Air 15 is nearly 40% thinner and a half-pound lighter than the same PC, and it runs completely silent due to its fan-less design.

SpecificationMacBook Air 15
Price$1299 – $1499
ChipApple M2 Chip
CPU8-core CPU (4 performance cores, 4 efficiency cores)
GPU10-core GPU
Neural Engine16-core
Memory Bandwidth100GB/s
Media EngineHardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW
Display15.3-inch Liquid Retina Display with IPS Technology
Resolution2880-by-1864 at 224 ppi
Brightness500 nits
Color Support1 billion colors, Wide color (P3)
True ToneYes
Battery LifeUp to 18 hours Apple TV app movie playback, Up to 15 hours wireless web
Battery66.5-watt‑hour lithium‑polymer battery
Charging and ExpansionMagSafe 3 charging port, Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, 3.5 mm headphone jack
Memory8GB unified memory (configurable to 16GB or 24GB)
Storage256GB – 512GB SSD (configurable to 1TB or 2TB)
Keyboard and TrackpadBacklit Magic Keyboard with Touch ID
WirelessWi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.3
Camera1080p FaceTime HD camera
AudioSix-speaker sound system, Three-mic array
Display SupportOne external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz
Video PlaybackSupported formats include HEVC, H.264, and ProRes
Audio PlaybackSupported formats include AAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Atmos
Operating Requirements100V to 240V AC, 50Hz to 60Hz, 10° to 35° C
Size and WeightHeight: 0.45 inch, Width: 13.40 inches, Depth: 9.35 inches, Weight: 3.3 pounds