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Next-gen MacBook Air renders show an impossibly thin design, white keycaps

Green Macbook Air Render
Green Macbook Air Render (Image credit: Jon Prosser / RendesByIan)

What you need to know

  • New renders show an unannounced MacBook Air with new white keycaps and more.
  • Leaker Jon Prosser says the renders are based on images of MacBook Air parts he has seen photos of.

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.

Purple Macbook Air Render

Purple Macbook Air Render (Image credit: Jon Prosser / RendesByIan)

Prosser's source believes that there will be MacBook Airs sold in the same colors as the new 24-inch iMac's stand. Unfortunately Prosser doesn't know how big the screen's bezels will be, meaning some artistic license has been used in these renders.

In terms of ports, we're told that there will be two USB-C ports although there is no information on whether MagSafe will be making a triumphant return as had been rumored. We can only hope!

Whether a MacBook Air without a wedge shape will ever feel like a MacBook Air to me or not, there's no denying that these renders show a very pretty computer. Prosser seems to believe that the new machine won't arrive until late in the year at best, so we might have a little wait on our hands before we can take a funky new MacBook Air for a spin.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

3 Comments
  • Te wedge design has always been a bother of mine. I might go with an Air for my first foray into the M1 world if it isn't a wedge anymore.
  • The Air is hands down my favorite design of all Apple laptops. I love the white keys in this new design. Sort of harkens back to the iBook.
  • Lets not get so obsessed with thinness that the lid can't hold an acceptable camera. With all the video conferences these days, you really don't want to hear, 'do you have Vaseline on your camera lens, or are you using a Mac?