MacBook Air 15: Apple to launch 15-inch laptop with two Apple M2 SoC options
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has confirmed earlier rumours that Apple's first 15-inch MacBook Air will launch with the Apple M2, not the Apple M3. First seen in last year's MacBook Air, the Apple M2 offers a modest performance improvement over the Apple M1 but with raised thermals. Based on earlier rumours, the MacBook Air 15 will resemble a larger MacBook Air 13, albeit with the same display resolution as the MacBook Pro 14.
Currently, Kuo expects that Apple will ship between 5-6 million units of the MacBook Air 15 in 2023. However, those estimates consist of two processor options. Contrary to the analyst's previous statements, Apple will not offer the Apple M2 and Apple M2 Pro. Instead, the analyst now claims that the MacBook Air 15 will launch with the same 8-core and 10-core GPU variants of the Apple M2 as the MacBook Air 13.
In other words, the MacBook Air 15 will be merely a larger screen variant of the current 13.6-inch edition. Apple is expected to introduce the MacBook Air 15 series at WWDC 2023 alongside iOS 17 and other OS updates. While this year's WWDC will span a full working week until June 9, the MacBook Air 15 series is anticipated to arrive during Apple's keynote on June 5. Pricing has not surfaced yet, although we imagine that Apple will position its new 15-inch laptops between the MacBook Air 13 and its MacBook Pro line-up.
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