[Featured product released this week] Apple has released a 13.6-inch “MacBook Air” equipped with M2

The series “Featured Product Pickups Released This Week” introduces the products that are attracting a lot of attention from the new products released this week by cross-picking up from various categories. This week, we will introduce Apple’s 13.6-inch “MacBook Air,” Fujifilm’s mirrorless camera “X-H2S,” and Xiaomi’s LCD display “Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C.

Apple “MacBook Air 13.6-inch”
Released on July 15, 2022 (Friday)
From Apple, a 13.6-inch “MacBook Air” equipped with an M2 chip has appeared. As a lineup, we will prepare two models, a model with an 8-core GPU and a model with a 10-core GPU.

The 13.6-inch “MacBook Air” features an M2 chip in the CPU and a redesigned design. The M2 chip uses a GPU equipped with a maximum of 10 cores, which is two more than the M1 chip, in addition to the next-generation 8-core CPU, which has evolved both performance cores and efficiency cores. With a unified memory bandwidth of 100GB / s and support for up to 24GB of high-speed unified memory, it can easily handle larger and more complex workloads.

The M2 chip also adds a next-generation media engine and a powerful ProRes video engine for hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding. It is possible to play more 4K and 8K video streams than before.

In terms of design, it is thin and lightweight with a thickness of 11.3 mm and a weight of 1.24 kg. Uses a highly durable all-aluminum unibody housing. Due to the power efficiency of the M2 chip, it has a fanless design with high quietness.

A 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display is used for the screen. The resolution is 2560 x 1664 dots (224ppi). With a brightness of 500 nits, it is 25% brighter than before and can display 1 billion colors.

The front camera is equipped with a new 1080p FaceTime HD camera with a larger image sensor and more efficient pixels, achieving twice the resolution and performance of the previous generation in situations where brightness is insufficient. In terms of sound quality, it is equipped with a 4-speaker sound system, and supports immersive spatial audio for music and movies by Dolby Atmos.

The interface uses “MagSafe,” which can be easily connected with a dedicated charging port and can be quickly disconnected even if the charging cable is accidentally pulled during connection. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 ports and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Magic Keyboard is equipped with a full-height function key layout equipped with Touch ID and a pressure-sensitive touch trackpad.

Wireless communication is compatible with Wi-Fi 6 compliant wireless LAN and Bluetooth 5.0. OS pre-installs “macOS Monterey”.

Battery life is up to 18 hours of Apple TV app movie playback and up to 15 hours of wireless internet. As for the power adapter, “30W USB-C power adapter” is attached to the model equipped with 8-core GPU, and “35W compact power adapter equipped with dual USB-C port” is attached to the model equipped with 10-core GPU.

The main body size is 30.41 (width) x 1.13 (height) x 21.5 (depth) cm. Weight is 1.24kg.

Four body colors are available: silver, starlight, space gray, and midnight.

The model with 8-core GPU has M2 chip specifications of 8-core CPU / 8-core GPU, memory of 8GB unified memory, and storage of 256GB SSD. The price is 164,800 yen.

The model with 10-core GPU has M2 chip specifications of 8-core CPU / 10-core GPU, memory of 8GB unified memory, and storage of 512GB SSD. The price is 208,800 yen.
FUJIFILM X-H2S, the flagship model of the mirrorless camera “X series”, will be released by FUJIFILM.

A model that is positioned as “a flagship model that demonstrates the highest performance in the history of the X series for both still image and video shooting.” As a main feature, the image sensor is equipped with a back-illuminated laminated type effective approximately 26.16 million pixel “X-Trans CMOS 5 HS” sensor. By adopting a new laminated structure while maintaining the same backside illumination structure as before, the signal readout speed is about 4 times faster than the current rate (compared to the “X-Trans CMOS 4” installed in the current model). Speeded up to. As a high-speed image processing engine, it will also be equipped with the newly developed “X-Processor 5”, which realizes about twice the high-speed processing compared to the current model (compared to the “X-Processor 4” installed in the current model).

In terms of performance, blackout-free high-speed continuous shooting at a maximum speed of 40 frames / sec (high-speed continuous shooting that does not cause blackout that makes the subject invisible due to the darkening of the viewfinder after shooting. It can be used only when the electronic shutter is set) is possible. In addition, when displaying an image in live view during continuous shooting, the number of operations for phase difference information is realized, which is about three times that of the current model by controlling the phase difference pixels independently. “It enables AF / AE tracking even during high-speed continuous shooting at 40 frames / sec, and does not miss a decisive moment,” the company explains.

In addition to the “X-Trans CMOS 5 HS” and “X-Processor 5”, it is equipped with a large-capacity buffer memory, which increases the number of continuous recordings during continuous shooting. When using the electronic shutter, you can record more than 1000 photos with high-speed continuous shooting of 30 frames / second for JPEG images and 20 frames / second for RAW files (at cold start in a 25-degree environment. When electronic shutter / JPEG shooting is set. Only possible. However, the number of recordings depends on the remaining battery level and the type and capacity of the memory card).

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