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So it was that I took myself off to an Apple store to see the alleged wizardry of Apple's latest, completely redesigned M2 MacBook Air.
It was barely twenty seconds before a very enthusiastic salesperson sidled up and introduced himself. Did I need help, he wondered. So much, I replied.
I had already begun to stare at the midnight-colored M2 Air and was surprised at how blue it seemed. And how lovely. And how different from all the other colors Apple has used for previous Airs. I was already teetering on the brink.
How cool is this? Well, quite cool, I suppose.
I explained that I currently have an M1 Air. This spurred the salesman into immediate patter.
"This one's completely redesigned," he began. "Look how different the menu bar is. It's so neat compared to the old Air."
At this, he proceeded to show me how the cursor slid under the notch at the top as if by, um, magic.
"You see? How cool is that?" he said, with all the enthusiasm of a trainee magician.
"But there's a bloody great notch there," I quietly offered.
"Yeah, but you don't really notice it, do you?"
"Well, now you mention it, yes I do, but never mind," I said to myself, while encouraging him to tell me more.
His next instinct was to go to Apple's website, pull up the comparison chart between the M1 and M2 Airs, and talk me through them.
He enthralled me with the 1080 HD camera -- "Sooo much better than on your Air." He tabulated the wonders of MagSafe, the new speakers -- "not amazing, but better" -- and even the color-coordinated cable.
I couldn't help but interrupt. "This dark blue color. It's really nice, isn't it? But I heard it can chip quite easily."
"No, the real problem is fingerprints," he said with utterly disarming honesty.
"Look, it's a fingerprint magnet," he added while pointing out a fingerprint below the keyboard.
I warmed to his enthusiasm.
Not a fan, but students are.
But then he threw me.
"The fan on this one is much better than on your M1," he said.
"This has got a fan?" I wondered. "My M1 doesn't have a fan."
He paused and asked me to wait a minute while he walked over to a colleague. Soon, he returned.
"My bad," he said. "No fan."
Naturally, this led me toward the rumors and reviews that the M2 Air can run a little hot -- when you work it all day on more complex manoeuvres.
"If you're doing video editing all day and stuff like that, I'd still recommend the Pro," the salesman replied.
Then he paused while I wondered what was coming next. What was coming next was a description of the kind of human for whom the M2 Air was perfect.
"I get a lot of students in here, and they all tell me they can do everything on it," he explained.