With an overhauled MacBook Air reportedly just around the corner, experts are gearing themselves up for a new generation of computing. We’ve put together some of the things that you can expect to see.
A new design
Ever since Apple launched the new 24-inch iMac with its colorful design, the rumor-mill has been in overdrive in regards to the MacBook Air. Ross Young and Ming-Chi Kuo have both suggested that Apple has been working on a new-look device and though both first thought that the firm would add a miniLED display to the notebook, it’s now thought that it’ll feature an LCD panel and a redesign with white bezels and colorful options, similar to the new iMac.
The M2 chip
Though it’s unlikely we’ll see the same number of ports as we do on the new MacBook Pro, experts suggest we’ll get two Thunderbolt ports – one on each side – as well as an all-new M2 chip. The company has already confirmed it won’t introduce another M1-series chip, paving the way for the transition to M2 to begin. It’s thought that the new chip will be faster than the base model M1 chip, but not quite as powerful as successors like the M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra, making it the ideal choice for day-to-day computing. It’s thought that the new M2 chip, which has been codenamed Staten inside Apple HQ, will be based on the A15 chip and feature an eight-core CPU and a 10-core GPU, unlocking a whole host of possibilities for users who want a speedy laptop without the bulk of the Pro.
High-end features, without the pricetag
Other features expected to be added to the new MacBook Air include a 1080p FaceTime camera, and perhaps improved battery life thanks to better efficiency with the M2 chip. It’s also possible that Apple could add some unexpected features to the MacBook Air such as Face ID, though these features could be reserved for the high-end models
Bloomberg has suggested that the internal testing at Apple Campus serves as a “key step” in the development process, and signals that the machines could be coming in the months ahead. What’s perhaps most interesting is that virtually every product on Apple’s Mac lineup is currently in development, suggesting a far more aggressive approach to MacBook and iMac releases in the years ahead, keeping Apple at the cutting edge of computing