Apple performed something that it only does every few years at its WWDC 2022 keynote yesterday. At its largest software exhibition, it unveiled new M2 MacBook Air hardware. The Cupertino company unveiled the M2 MacBook Air, its second-generation Mac processor, as well as two new PCs that will be integrated into the MacBook Air along with the 13″ MacBook Pro.
After Apple rejuvenated its MacBook Pro line in 2021 with new 14 and 16-inch versions, the proven MacBook Air is back to being an easy suggestion or de facto “no brainer” sort of buy for most individuals, whereas the 13-inch Pro has become the top Touch Bar holdout. However, with Apple’s recent announcements, we now have a revamped Air and a spec-upgraded 13-inch MacBook Pro, both of which will be available in July.
M2 MacBook Air Released During WWDC 2022
Unfortunately, the M2 MacBook Air suffers from the same basic flaw as the M1. It can only connect to one external display at a time. The MacBook Air and also the 13-inch MacBook Pro, according to Apple’s spec specifications, can handle one external monitor with a resolution of up to 6K at 60Hz.
Only a few Apple Silicon Macs are capable of supporting multiple external monitors. Anything with an M1 Pro can hold two people, while the M1 Max and M1 Ultra can hold four. Because the M1 Mac Mini has an HDMI connector, it can handle two extra displays, whereas the Mac Studio can accommodate five.
However, the M2 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro both accept one external monitor, much as their predecessors. These are, after all, intended to be entry-level computers. Even the 13-inch MacBook Pro is not designed to be the Pro model; for true power, you will need the M1 Pro or M1 Max in the 14- or 16-inch variants.
There are ways to get around this. You can buy a DisplayLink adapter to utilize multiple panels, but if you are going to spend money on workarounds, you may as well acquire a MacBook that can handle multiple monitors. You might want to wait until the M3 if you want that in a MacBook Air.