Apple Updates Macbook Air with M3 Chip

Months after Apple dropped its latest M3 processor bomb in the new MacBook Pros and iMacs, the MacBook Air crew is stepping up its game with a sleek M3 upgrade. Just announced on Monday, these snazzy 13- and 15-inch Airs are hitting the shelves this Friday, March 8, but you can get in on the action early with preorders.

Now, these fresh Airs are rocking the same design vibes as the M2 models, waving goodbye to the older, tapered Air body that's officially out of the game – the M1 Air is officially retired. The star of the show here is the M3 chip, bringing some serious horsepower to the table, along with faster Wi-Fi 6E support and the game-changer: the ability to hook up to not one, but two external displays. Hold your horses, though – for that dual-display magic, you'll need to keep the lids closed on these M3 Airs.

As for the price tag, the new Airs are kicking off at a familiar US starting price: $1,099 for the 13-inch Air with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive. If you're eyeing the 15-inch version, also flaunting 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, it starts at $1,299. You can soup up these bad boys to a whopping 24GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD if you're feeling extra fancy. And fear not, the color lineup remains the same, but Apple's throwing in a promise of a more smudge-resistant coating for those midnight dark blue Air models.