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- Another report says Apple has big things planned for the 2022 MacBook Air.
- Mark Gurman says a big design change and an M2 chip are on the way.
- He also pointed to a new larger iMac, Mac mini, and more.
Bloomberg' Mark Gurman says that a new MacBook Air (2022) will feature the biggest design change since 2010 and a new M2 Apple silicon chip.
In his latest Power On newsletter Gurman says that Apple is done with events for 2021 following the iPhone 13 event in September and Monday's event, which saw the release of the new MacBook Pro (2021) and the M1 Pro and M1 Max Apple silicon chips, as well as AirPods 3.
Gurman says a new MacBook Air is coming in around six to eight months and will feature the M2 Apple silicon chip. This should be the next generation after the M1, rather than a beefier version of the current chip.
He also pointed to a new larger iMac, a new Mac mini, and even a new iPhone SE, as well as a new iPad Pro on the way next year.
A report this week claimed again that next year's MacBook Air would replace the MacBook Air with M1 with a new mini-LED display, and a 1080p webcam. From Friday:
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There's a couple of things about this "leak" that just doesn't make sense. First, the timing. "Middle of the year" suggests WWDC. More than likely, the Mac Pro and the chip architecture used in that model will be introduced, which will be the highest performing chip(s) Apple has ever made to date, and will probably still be based on the M1 series. I expect the stage will be dominated by the Mac Pro, especially at a developer's conference, and I suspect Apple will not want their highest-end model to share the stage with their lowest-end model. Second - the features mentioned do not line up with the price point of a MacBook Air. Basically 80% of the features of the new MacBook Pro for half the price? No way. What is described in the leak makes more sense as a replacement for the current 13" M1 MacBook Pro in the $1200-$1800US price range. Whatever they do for the Air has to make sense at $999US. And a big feature is a wedge-shaped design that basically defined an entire class of laptops. My gut feeling - an M2 chip gets announced in October-November 2022 timeframe and the MacBook Air, the low-end MacBook Pro, and the Mac Mini get the new chip and new redesigns.
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