Mini-LED MacBook Air (2022): Rumors, price, features, more

Macbook Air M1
Macbook Air M1 (Image credit: Daniel Bader / Android Central)

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:

Leaker Jon Prosser today shared a new video detailing what he believes to be the next generation of MacBook Air. The renders shared by Prosser are said to be based on images of MacBook Air components that he has seen.The most obvious change in the new MacBook Air design is the removal of the wedge shape design, making this appear to be an impossibly thin computer. But there's more going on here, too.According to Prosser, the refreshed MacBook Air will feature white keycaps for the first time alongside larger function keys. That, in turn, means for a smaller trackpad as well.

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Macbook Air (Image credit: Jon Prosser / RendersByIan)

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.

M2 Processor

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:

The sources expect that Apple's 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros and 16-inch MacBook Pro set to be released in 2021 will be equipped with miniLED displays and adoption of miniLED will be expanded to its MacBook Air products in 2022.

And also Ming-Chi Kuo:

Ming-Chi Kuo has again reiterated a report that Apple plans to replace the Macbook Air with a new model featuring mini-LED next year.Currently, Apple's best MacBook, the Air was updated in November with Apple's M1 chip and is going to get even better in 2022 thanks to mini-LED technology


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).

Release date

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.

Stephen Warwick
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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. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9