While we (im)patiently await the arrival of Apple’s supposed MacBook Pro refresh, the company is reportedly working on another laptop refresh. According to a new report from Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is preparing to release a new MacBook Air which makes use of a mini-LED display. The refreshed MacBook Air is slated to be released sometime in mid-2022.
According to investor’s notes seen by varying publications such as iMore and 9to5Mac, the new MacBook Air would come in an array of different colors. It’s also likely to feature a redesign, possibly lining up with the supposed MacBook Pro refresh. In previous reports, the MacBook Pro is going to feature a design somewhat similar to that of the iPad Pro.
Along with flat edges, the redesigned MacBook Pro is rumored to bring back some additional ports. But we aren’t expecting Apple to go that far with a redesigned MacBook Air. The note provided by Kuo doesn’t go into too much more detail other than the fact that BOE is Apple’s new mini-LED display supplier. And after seeing the success of the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021), Apple is ready to move forward by bringing mini-LED to many of its products.
Something else that we aren’t sure of is what processor is powering this new MacBook Air. Rumors and speculation point to the MacBook Pro 2021 refresh making use of either the M1X or M2 chipset. Neither of which, have been announced at this point. But if Apple is going to replace the current MacBook Air with a refreshed model, while keeping the same price, it’s likely to be the lowest processor available at the time.
Finally, Kuo suggests that Apple is targeting around 8 million MacBook Pro shipments across 2022. This is up from the estimated 6 million shipments projected for Apple in 2021. Perhaps this is an indication that we’ll have more than just one MacBook Air available, or Apple is really going to “wow” everyone with the new version.
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He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.