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The next-generation MacBook Air refresh coming in 2022 will see Apple introduce the biggest design update to the MacBook Air since 2010, which is when Apple introduced both 11 and 13-inch models. We're expecting a total overhaul of the look of the machine, and this guide aggregates all of the rumors that we've heard so far.

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Design

Apple is doing away with the wedge-shaped design of the MacBook Air, and there will be no tapered look for the next-generation version. Current MacBook Air models are thicker at the back and then taper to a thinner design at the front, but Apple will instead transition to a more MacBook Pro-like design with a uniform shape.

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The next MacBook Air will be thinner and lighter than the current version, and it is expected to adopt design elements from both the MacBook Pro and the 24-inch iMac. Rumors indicate that the machine will feature slim off-white bezels and a matching off-white keyboard, with the chassis coming in multiple iMac-like colors.

Apple released the iMac in blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange, and purple, and we could see some of the same color options made available for the MacBook Air. This makes sense because the MacBook Air is a fun entry-level machine much like the 24-inch iMac and the colors will set it apart from the higher-end silver and space gray MacBook Pro models.

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Display

Apple introduced a mini-LED display with the MacBook Pro, and the MacBook Air could adopt the same technology. We do not yet know if the display will feature a notch like the MacBook Pro, but it could happen if the bezels are thin enough. That said, a notch might be more noticeable in an off-white color, so Apple may decide not to include one.

Naming

Leaker Dylandkt has claimed that Apple may once again be planning to drop the "Air" moniker, reverting to the standalone "MacBook" name. It's not clear if this will happen, but it is a possibility as Apple did the same thing in the past with the launch of the now-discontinued 12-inch MacBook.

Keyboard

The MacBook Air's keyboard is expected to be similar to the MacBook Pro keyboard with full-size function keys. With the MacBook Pro, Apple made the entire keyboard black, including the space below the keys. Apple could perhaps do the same thing for the MacBook Air, only in white.

Camera

The next-generation MacBook Air is expected to have the same 1080p camera that's used in the MacBook Pro. It's an improvement over the current 720p camera and enhanced with the image signal processor in Apple's chips, but it isn't as good as the camera quality available from iPhones and iPads.

Ports

While the MacBook Air will feature multiple USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, it is not expected to adopt an SD card slot or an HDMI port, with those options remaining limited to the MacBook Pro to set the two machines apart.

M2 Apple Silicon Chip

Apple is rumored to be working on a new "M2" chip for the MacBook Air. The M2 won't be as powerful as the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that are used in the MacBook Pro models, but it will be an upgraded version of the lower-power M1 chip.

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The M2 chip could feature the same number of computing cores as the M1 (eight), but it is expected to feature speed improvements. It could also have improved graphics with nine or 10 GPU cores, up from seven or eight in the current M1 MacBook Air.

Renders

Leaker Jon Prosser, who has something of a mixed track record when it comes to predicting Apple's plans, has created renderings of the new MacBook Air in a variety of iMac-like colors.

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Release Date

We're expecting the MacBook Air to launch in 2022, but a firm timeline has not yet been nailed down. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects mass production to begin in the late second quarter or early third quarter, suggesting a launch sometime around August or September, while leaker Dylandkt has said the machine will come out in mid-2022.

Article Link: Apple's 2022 MacBook Air: Everything We Know
 
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Cosmosent

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Just my two cents, Apple currently offers two Very High Value products:

1.) M1 MacBook Air

2.) 2021 8.3" iPad mini

If the M2 in the Next-Gen MacBook Air gets the same DDR PHY Controller as in the M1 Pro & M1 Max, which I hope but kind of doubt, it would jump into Pole Position !

The M2 MacBook Pro on the other hand, should get it, & would (predictably) jump into Pole Position !
 

nothingtoseehere

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Interesting question remains if Apple will make this device in two different sizes, as earlier with 11/13" (now 12/14?), or only in one size.

Giving up the "Air" moniker seems plausible to me because should they abandon the wedge-shaped design, the machine will inevitably look sturdier.

Support for two external monitors would be great.
 

noraa

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While unlikely, I’d love for apple to introduce to screen sizes for the Air (or just plain MacBook). I’m thinking a 13” and 14” model. I know a lot of people who would like a bigger screen than the existing Air, but have no need for the power of the Pro, nor the desire to spend that much money for what amounts to just a larger screen (again, because the additional features and power would just be wasted on said people).
 

Realityck

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Apple is doing away with the wedge-shaped design of the MacBook Air, and there will be no tapered look for the next-generation version. Current MacBook Air models are thicker at the back and then taper to a thinner design at the front, but Apple will instead transition to a more MacBook Pro-like design with a uniform shape.

The next MacBook Air will be thinner and lighter than the current version, and it is expected to adopt design elements from both the MacBook Pro and the 24-inch iMac. Rumors indicate that the machine will feature slim off-white bezels and a matching off-white keyboard, with the chassis coming in multiple iMac-like colors.

Leaker Dylandkt has claimed that Apple may once again be planning to drop the "Air" moniker, reverting to the standalone "MacBook" name. It's not clear if this will happen, but it is a possibility as Apple did the same thing in the past with the launch of the now-discontinued 12-inch MacBook.
They could easily rename it from MacBook Air to just MacBook again. I do not expect it to be thinner and lighter than the current version if they are going to redo the keyboard to be similar to the MacBook Pro keyboard along with doing away with the edge shape design. Hint improve the battery capacity somewhat to make up for the M2 processor requirements. IMHO people wouldn't mind slightly heavier MacBook if its battery usage time is extended. :)
 
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smartalic34

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Kind of wish I was waiting for these instead of pulling the trigger on a 14” MBP (my 2011 13” MBP was on its last legs and really wanted the MagSafe, upgraded webcam, and minLED display). Willing to bet these will have amazing battery life (better than the 14/16 MBP)
 
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AlexanderUK

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Apple is rumored to be working on a new "M2" chip for the MacBook Air. The M2 won't be as powerful as the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that are used in the MacBook Pro models, but it will be an upgraded version of the lower-power M1 chip.
The M1 chip could feature the same number of computing cores as the M1 (eight), but it is expected to feature speed improvements. It could also have improved graphics with nine or 10 GPU cores, up from seven or eight in the current M1 MacBook Air.
Thing of it is, the current MacBook Air has the exact same single core performance and 2/3 multi-core performance of the Pro and Max models. The only performance gain the Pro / Max models have in chipset cases is GPU, heat throttling and max RAM.

So I'm not sure how MacRumors can claim they won't be as powerful as the Pro and Max chips, be an upgrade of the current M1 stock, and yet it will somehow have speed improvements (outside of graphics) - which would have to make them more powerful. Talk about contradictory.
 
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