New MacBook Air may arrive this year, huge MacBook Pro feature returning
What you need to know
- A new report says a new MacBook Air could debut this year.
- Bloomberg's Mark Gurman also says the SD slot is coming back to the MacBook Pro.
- Gurman also says that Apple considered a 15-inch MacBook Air, and is working on Macs with cellular support and Face ID.
A new report says Apple's new MacBook Air with next-generation Apple Silicon could debut this year.
From Bloomberg's Mark Gurman:
The headlines; the new MacBook Air will be both thinner and lighter and could debut as early as the second half of 2021. It will feature MagSafe and next-generation Apple silicon processors. Apple could make the laptop's bezels smaller to reduce the form factor, but the display will remain at 13-inches.
Shockingly, Gurman says Apple had considered a 15-inch version but isn't moving forward with this for now.
MagSafe will return to the MacBook Air as per previous rumors, and it will have two USB 4 ports.
Gurman says the new model is a "higher-end version" of the current MacBook Air, rather than a replacement. This makes sense given how new the device is.
More big news, Gurman says Apple plans to bring back the SD slot to the MacBook Pro this year:
Looking further ahead, Gurman says Apple is looking at cellular connectivity for Mac, as well as Face ID. The latter was originally planned for this year's iMac redesign, however, neither feature "appears to be coming soon." The news reflects reports last week about big new changes to the Mac. From that report:
Gurman also says that Apple has big plans across the board for its Macs in future:
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SD cards are end-of-life. They are going away. The future of serious photography is the CFExpress cards Type A and Type B. Type A cards (currently only in the newest Sony Alpha mirrorless camera) can fit into the same slot as an SD card, and this camera has a reader that can read both kinds of cards. If Apple puts something like that in a MacBook Pro, that would be smart. Just SD cards? Nope, that's not Apple-like.