Speculation of an all-new, brightly coloured MacBook Air for 2022 had many people believing that Apple’s ultra-portable notebook would have arrived by now. According to people who know, the game’s release date has lately been predicted to be pushed back until later in the year.
This forecast was initially made by the well-known Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, who said the Air would be a “great Christmas seller” for later in the year “even if Apple had originally expected to get it out the door by the end of 2021 or in early 2022.” According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, major manufacturing is expected to begin in the second or third quarter for an autumn debut.
Although Kuo and Gurman are both true, a recent report from the supply chain reveals that this time it is not a matter of chip scarcity. As a result of “greater than projected” selling quantities of 2021 MacBook Pro, Apple has delayed the debut of its Air model to “add more sales momentum,” according to a report on the site.
This next generation is expected to provide a slew of improvements, not only to the M1-powered 2020 MacBook Air, but across the board. New MacBook Air might be powered by a new M2 chip that prioritises battery life over raw power rather than M1 Pro or M1 Max chips.
It’s likely to have a flat, rounded shape in a broad range of colours, like the 24-inch iMac, which was unveiled last year, and a 13.6-inch screen, according to display analyst Ross Young.
MagSafe charging, a plethora of connections, and — rather controversially — a camera notch might all return. Another rumour has it that the next MacBook Air will include a mini-LED display, although some believe it will keep the laptop’s current LCD panel.
If and when it does arrive, it seems like a nice set of enhancements to look forward to. However, even with these upgrades, it’s unlikely that this will be a budget-friendly laptop for individuals who were put off by the MacBook Pro’s $2,000+ price tag.