Rumored new 15-inch MacBook Air expected to launch by summer, says Gurman
Apple will release its rumored new 15-inch MacBook Air alongside an updated version of the 13-inch model “between late spring and summer,” according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in the latest edition of his weekly Power On newsletter.
Gurman says that whilst a launch is nearing, it is still unclear what chip Apple will use for the machine, noting that if the machines launch in a few months with the M2 chip, “they’ll quickly become outdated,” although a “15-inch MacBook Air with an M2 chip may still excite consumers.”
Gurman expects Apple to release an updated version of its 24-inch iMac later this year, with the machine expected to feature an all-new M3 chip, so it is possible Apple may include the new processor within the forthcoming 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook Air to kickoff the M3-lineup.
“The shift will bring a major boost to performance and power efficiency. Having the new MacBook Air sport the M3 would also make sense from a timing perspective,” Gurman said. “Apple has been clear it wants to put its Mac-grade processors on an annual upgrade cycle like the A-series chips in the iPhone.”
Apple isn’t expected to dramatically change the design of the MacBook Air with the launch of the new versions, with the machines likely to be based on 13.6-inch model that Apple announced last year, featuring a Liquid Retina display, 1080p HD camera, MagSafe charging, and more in four new finishes — midnight, starlight, silver, and space gray.