The following-generation MacBook Air refresh coming in 2022 will see Apple introduce the most important design replace to the MacBook Air since 2010, which is when Apple launched each 11 and 13-inch fashions. We’re anticipating a complete overhaul of the look of the machine, and this information aggregates the entire rumors that we have heard up to now.
Apple is getting rid of the wedge-shaped design of the MacBook Air, and there will probably be no tapered search for the next-generation model. Present MacBook Air fashions are thicker on the again after which taper to a thinner design on the entrance, however Apple will as an alternative transition to a extra MacBook Professional-like design with a uniform form.
The following MacBook Air will probably be thinner and lighter than the present model, and it’s anticipated to undertake design components from each the MacBook Professional and the 24-inch iMac. Rumors point out that the machine will function slim off-white bezels and an identical off-white keyboard, with the chassis coming in a number of iMac-like colours.
Apple launched the iMac in blue, inexperienced, pink, silver, yellow, orange, and purple, and we might see a number of the identical coloration choices made out there for the MacBook Air. This is smart as a result of the MacBook Air is a enjoyable entry-level machine very similar to the 24-inch iMac and the colours will set it other than the higher-end silver and area grey MacBook Professional fashions.
Apple launched a mini-LED show with the MacBook Professional, and the MacBook Air might undertake the identical expertise. We don’t but know if the show will function a notch just like the MacBook Professional, but it surely might occur if the bezels are skinny sufficient. That mentioned, a notch could be extra noticeable in an off-white coloration, so Apple could resolve to not embody one.
Leaker Dylandkt has claimed that Apple could as soon as once more be planning to drop the “Air” moniker, reverting to the standalone “MacBook” title. It isn’t clear if it will occur, however it’s a risk as Apple did the identical factor up to now with the launch of the now-discontinued 12-inch MacBook.
The MacBook Air’s keyboard is anticipated to be much like the MacBook Professional keyboard with full-size operate keys. With the MacBook Professional, Apple made your entire keyboard black, together with the area beneath the keys. Apple might maybe do the identical factor for the MacBook Air, solely in white.
The following-generation MacBook Air is anticipated to have the identical 1080p digital camera that is used within the MacBook Professional. It is an enchancment over the present 720p digital camera and enhanced with the picture sign processor in Apple’s chips, but it surely is not nearly as good because the digital camera high quality out there from iPhones and iPads.
Whereas the MacBook Air will function a number of USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, it isn’t anticipated to undertake an SD card slot or an HDMI port, with these choices remaining restricted to the MacBook Professional to set the 2 machines aside.
M2 Apple Silicon Chip
Apple is rumored to be engaged on a brand new “M2” chip for the MacBook Air. The M2 will not be as highly effective because the M1 Professional and M1 Max chips which can be used within the MacBook Professional fashions, however it is going to be an upgraded model of the lower-power M1 chip.
The M1 chip might function the identical variety of computing cores because the M1 (eight), however it’s anticipated to function pace enhancements. It might even have improved graphics with 9 or 10 GPU cores, up from seven or eight within the present M1 MacBook Air.
Leaker Jon Prosser, who has one thing of a combined monitor document with regards to predicting Apple’s plans, has created renderings of the brand new MacBook Air in quite a lot of iMac-like colours.
We’re anticipating the MacBook Air to launch in 2022, however a agency timeline has not but been nailed down. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects mass manufacturing to start within the late second quarter or early third quarter, suggesting a launch someday round August or September, whereas leaker Dylandkt has mentioned the machine will come out in mid-2022.