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Original poster
Oct 10, 2015
Brno, CZ
Following the recent release of the new MBP 2019 I couldn't help but wonder, are going to get a new MBA this year and if we do, what could change except for the 'improved*' keyboard? Maybe new processor? Increment of the brightness to 500 nits? I would rather go for an Air model if these things improve than getting a MBP, so I don't know if I should wait some more.

*yet to be determined


macrumors 68040
Jun 9, 2015
I’d say there’s a good chance but no idea when. Only apple knows and Tim ain’t accepting my calls. I’d say it’s basically the same product since it was redesigned last year. I think improved keyboard, new cpu, screen will stay the same and the biggest one: I think it’ll be cheaper. Tim’s own comments about the air being priced too high lead me to think at the very least it’ll go down to 1099.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 3, 2011
Fingers crossed for 2019 mba before October this year. As far as I remember, they refreshed mba every year except 2016 so historically speaking there's a very good chance that we will see 2019 mbas. I returned my 2018 mba to wait for the 2019 model and to be honest I don't wanna deal w/ glitches that first gen products have. My friend had a weird screen glitch the other day on his 2018 mba and I told him I wasn't surprised to hear it given it's a first gen product. Also I'm looking forward to seeing 4th gen keys on the 2019. I don't think I'm losing anything by waiting and I already have a very capable 2018 mbp 15".


macrumors 604
Apr 19, 2017
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The mid-2013 Air 13" to 2017 13" Air brought nothing with each revision other than a slight speed bump and a change from pci-e 2x2 to pci-e 2x4 for storage.

All internal and external components of the mid-2013 to 2017 Air are completely interchangeable.
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macrumors 68020
Jul 16, 2013
The Netherlands
The “new” keyboard is still the current gen 3, but with “new materials”. If a 2018 MBA gets send in for repairs, it will receive that new revision.

Maybe they will add the new keyboards without mention when current stock runs out?
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macrumors 68020
Jan 5, 2016
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Probably will be, but not until Intel has a newer processor available. It looks like Ice Lake should be available to manufactures soon, and it's looking to be a pretty big upgrade, so maybe something in the fall. No doubt it will also have the keyboard changes that just came to the MBP. Also a good chance that it will be the last MBA with an Intel processor.


macrumors regular
Jul 10, 2013
I’m really hoping we see a 2019 revision. The Ice Lake chips are shipping in June and if they plopped those into the Air along with the revised keyboard I’d buy immediately.


macrumors regular
Feb 20, 2015
How much better do exactly would the IceLake chips would be in terms of processing and graphics performance?
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