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Apple M3 headed to 15-inch MacBook Air and three other devices according to respected analyst

The Apple M3 SoC could appear in a resurrected form of the 12-inch MacBook. (Image source: Apple - edited)
The Apple M3 SoC could appear in a resurrected form of the 12-inch MacBook. (Image source: Apple - edited)
The Apple M3 processor has been mentioned in connection with at least four devices in a recent report by Mark Gurman. With the M2 chip now out and about, Apple will already be preparing future laptops and all-in-ones to sport the M3 silicon. One of those future computers is believed to be a 15-inch MacBook Air.

The M3 chipset has already been discussed by leakers and analysts alike, with one source suggesting two potential SKUs could be configured with an 8-core CPU and a 10-core CPU part. The next-generation silicon has been associated with a multitude of Apple devices, including the iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, and unsurprisingly the MacBook Pro. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has offered some scant details about four M3 devices recently, with two of them coming as a bit of a surprise.

Once again, Gurman talks about an M3-powered iMac, which has been reported before. However, now we have an apparent codename for the mysterious M3 iMac: J433. Next up is one of the surprising devices – a 12-inch laptop, which some sources have simply labelled a 12-inch MacBook. This rumor has been floating around for some time now, with it being called a MacBook Pro 12 in some instances. However, it seems this M3 MacBook, which is in “early development”, could be just a good old-fashioned MacBook 12 and a spiritual successor to the Retina MacBook.

Excitingly, more MacBook Air models are in the works, with the world still holding its breath for the M2 models (coming in July). While there appears to be a 13-inch M3 MacBook Air (codename J513) in the pipeline, it is also claimed that a 15-inch M3 MacBook Air will join the lineup, sporting the codename J515. This device has also been rumored for a while, and if implemented properly could be a huge hit for Apple as it purportedly seeks to offer its beloved devices in larger forms. M3 MacBooks and iMacs could see the light of day as early as 2023, possibly between Q3 and Q4.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-06-29 (Update: 2022-06-29)