Apple's MacBook Air is reportedly set for a pretty hefty update in 2022, with rumors indicating it could get new Apple silicon and a mini-LED display. Here's what we think we know about the rumored device.
The MacBook Air's design has been iconic ever since the day Steve Jobs pulled one out of an envelope on stage back in January 2008. Apple has kept the thin form factor ever since but reportedly plans to tweak the design this year. From a May report:
Mark Gurman reports that Apple is planning a "thinner and lighter" MacBook Air.
Jon Prosser also says that the new MacBook Air lineup could feature colors just like Apple's M1 iMac, but we don't know if it will be the same range or a slightly different set.
Next-generation Apple silicon is reportedly coming to the next MacBook Air. Mark Gurman reports that Apple has a "direct successor" to the M1 processor from the MacBook Air with M1 and 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 that will be faster despite having the same number of cores, it will reportedly also feature more graphics cores. This isn't to be confused with the new Apple silicon expected in 2021, an 'M1X' processor that could feature 10 cores including eight high-performance cores, up to 32 graphics cores, and up to 64GB of RAM.
Aside from Apple silicon, the biggest upgrade planned for the new MacBook Air is reportedly a mini-LED, according to multiple reports. From Digitimes:
And also Ming-Chi Kuo:
According to Mark Gurman the new MacBook Air will also herald the return of MagSafe charging to the MacBook Air, just like we're expecting in the mini-LED MacBook Pro (2021).
Whilst we don't have a specific release date for Apple's next MacBook Air, we do know it's coming sometime in 2022, at least according to leaks and rumors. The most recent and most specific timeframe comes from Ming-Chi Kuo who says the mini-LED Macbook Air will debut right in the middle of next year. By contrast, Mark Gurman noted in January the device could preview in the fall.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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