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Next-generation MacBook Air rumoured to launch this summer with a new design but no Apple M2 SoC

The next MacBook Air may feature the same SoC as the current model. (Image source: Jon Prosser & Ian Zelbo)
The next MacBook Air may feature the same SoC as the current model. (Image source: Jon Prosser & Ian Zelbo)
The first Apple Silicon hardware of the year was the Mac Studio, not an upgraded MacBook Air or MacBook Pro 13. According to new rumours, Apple will release the next MacBook Air this summer but with diminished specifications. For some reason, this year's MacBook Air is now believed to feature the Apple M1, not the long-rumoured Apple M2.

Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst, has delivered some surprising information about this year's MacBook Air. Supposedly, Apple will not start mass-producing the machine until the end of Q2 2022 at the earliest, possibly Q3 2022. Hence, we are unlikely to see a next-generation MacBook Air before spring, with late summer a likely candidate instead.

Kuo adds that this year's model will feature a new form factor and design, rumoured previously. Specifically, the device is expected to feature two USB Type-C ports, a flat design and a 1080p webcam. Likewise, Kuo claims that Apple will provide the next MacBook Air in more colour options than the current model. Reputedly, Apple could sell the MacBook Air in the same colours as it already offers for the 24-inch iMac

Moreover, Kuo asserts that the MacBook Air will not have a mini-LED display like the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. Instead, the cheaper model will utilise an IPS panel, although it could still have a notch for an improved webcam compared to the current MacBook Air. Additionally, Kuo believes that Apple will stick with the Apple M1 for the MacBook Air, not the Apple M2 as earlier rumours suggested. We can only Kuo at his word currently, which AppleTrack has ranked as having a 70.4% accuracy. 

(Image source: Jon Prosser & Ian Zelbo)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-03- 9 (Update: 2022-03- 9)