A new rumor by Dylan (@dylandkt), who accurately predicted the
24-inch iMac and details of the new MacBook Pro, describes several
details of the upcoming MacBook Air redesign. Here's what he
predicts for the new notebook:
- Thinner and lighter than MacBook Pro.
- No tapered design or fans.
- Color options similar to the 24-inch iMac.
- Off-white keyboard and bezels.
- Mini-LED likely, but no ProMotion.
- MagSafe and Thunderbolt (USB-C), but no SDXC slot or HDMI.
- 1080p webcam.
- 30W power adapter.
That confirms several of the rumors we've heard before and
paints a picture of a non-Pro MacBook Pro. We expect the redesign
to bring a similar design language, with uniform bezels and a new
aluminum enclosure with a slightly curved bottom edge. The new
MacBook Pro also introduced an all-black keyboard well, which would
presumably be white on the MacBook Air.
Like the 24-inch iMac, the white bezels are likely to be
a polarizing feature—and seem to indicate there won't be a notch—but the rest of the new laptop looks to be a nice improvement over
the current MacBook Air. Dylan reports that Apple hasn't decided
whether to call the new model the MacBook Air or revive the MacBook
name, but he says it will have a starting price that's slightly
higher than the current US$999 MacBook Air.
The M2 processor is expected to be built on the
same architecture as the M1 but deliver faster speeds. Like the A15 processor in the iPhone 13 and iPad
mini, it will likely have new high-performance cores with higher
frequencies and bigger caches. We can probably expect a 15 percent
speed boost over the M1 along with a GPU bump.
The MacBook Air is expected to launch in the first half of 2022,
possibly at a spring event alongside a new iPhone SE.