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Apple will release a new version of the MacBook Air around the middle of 2022, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in note to investors seen by MacRumors.

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The upcoming MacBook Air will feature a 13.3-inch mini-LED display, which would make it the second Mac to gain mini-LED technology after the 2021 MacBook Pro, which is rumored to include a mini-LED display and is expected to launch later this year. Mini-LED display technology will bring a signifiant improvement in MacBook display quality, allowing for a thinner, lighter design while offering benefits like improved wide color gamut, high contrast and dynamic range, and truer blacks.

Kuo has said that the MacBook Air will include a mini-LED display in the past, and the rumor has also been echoed by DigiTimes.

Prior rumors have suggested the 2022 MacBook Air will have thinner bezels than the current model, and that it will adopt the same MagSafe charging technology rumored for the MacBook Pro.

It's also expected to include a pair of Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, and there's also a chance that it could come in multiple colors, similar to the M1 iMacs that Apple released this year.

The 2022 MacBook Air will use an upgraded version of the M1 Apple silicon chip that's faster and more efficient. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has said that it will feature the same number of computing cores as the M1 (eight), but that will offer nine or 10 GPU cores instead of seven or eight like the current model for better GPU performance.

Kuo says that if component shortages improve in late 2021 and across 2022, MacBook shipments could grow to approximately 20 to 22 million units in 2022.

Article Link: Kuo: Mini-LED MacBook Air Coming in Mid-2022
 
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Hmmm, yet another year… This may be my next notebook. I have a 2017 12” MacBook that’s still doing fine for the most part, but getting slow by today’s standards. I will truly miss this form factor when i finally upgrade. Would be cool if someone would figure out how to retrofit one of these with Apple Silicon.
 
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I think Apple should upgrade the MBA Air to 14" with Mini-LED. Raise the starting price to $1,100.

Then release a $750 Macbook SE based on the current MBA 13.3" with a regular LCD screen.

Own the PC market just like they own the phone/tablet/watch market. Sell more services. Sell more subscriptions. As it stands now, more people use iPhone + Windows than iPhone + MacOS because of the starting price of Macs. Apple can recapture its own customers by releasing a more well-rounded Mac lineup with a lower starting price.

Steve Job said they didn't know how to make a cheap computer that isn't junk. Well, they know how now: with Apple Silicon. A $750 Macbook SE based on the current MBA 13.3" with an M2/M3 SoC would wipe the floor with any AMD/Intel-based laptops in speed, efficiency, and portability.

AAPL to the moon.
 
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Unless Apple decides to stop limiting their hardware capabilities through software, we will only continue to get overkilled hardware.

With that being said, after a few generations most people would only need to buy MacBook Air as their Mac plus a dongle anyways, and MacBook Pro would truly be reserved for “professional customers” rather than “pro”.
 
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Yeah , no… I’m not a fan of first gen products …. There’s bound to be ____gate . My girl needs a laptop so she just went ahead with the current maxed Air through the education page.
 
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Shirasaki

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What the hell? How does Apple limit the MBA hardware? I'm pushing my M1 MBA to the limits.

This isn't news about the iPad Pro. You're in the wrong comment section.
Nope. I’m in the right comment section.
It’s true that macOS can use professional software to perform heavy workload, but I still wish it can run Windows and more iOS apps (yeah, some iOS games I play don’t work on M1 MacBook Air cause developer decides not to, which is sad).
 
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Nope. I’m in the right comment section.
It’s true that macOS can use professional software to perform heavy workload, but I still wish it can run Windows and more iOS apps (yeah, some iOS games I play don’t work on M1 MacBook Air cause developer decides not to, which is sad).
What does being able to run Windows/iOS Apps have to do with Apple limiting the hardware through software?

It's up to Microsoft on whether they decide to license out ARM Windows, not Apple. And more iOS Apps? We're only 8 months into the Apple Silicon transition. Many iOS Apps already work fine on MacOS. I'm using some right now. It's not because Apple is blocking them from working on MacOS. It's up to the developers.
 
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I think Apple should upgrade the MBA Air to 14" with Mini-LED. Raise the starting price to $1,100.

Then release a $750 Macbook SE based on the current MBA 13.3" with a regular LCD screen.

Own the PC market just like they own the phone market. Sell more services. Sell more subscriptions. As it stands now, more people use iPhone + Windows than iPhone + MacOS because of the starting price of Macs. Apple can recapture its own customers by releasing a more well-rounded Mac lineup with a lower starting price.

AAPL to the moon.
No. keep the Air portable at 13", maybe shrink the case. Then add a 15" version for this who want a bigger screen but don't need the full "Pro" experience (and price).
 
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No. keep the Air portable at 13", maybe shrink the case. Then add a 15" version for this who want a bigger screen but don't need the full "Pro" experience (and price).
No. The Air at 14" isn't going to be bigger than the current Air at 13.3". They just have to decrease the bezel size. It's not going to decrease portability. The Air is already more portable than 99% of the crap Windows PCs out there.

If you want something even more portable, you should just get an iPad Pro 11".
 
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What is M1X? Just curious...Just let us know what is the difference between M1 and M1X. We promise that we will forget whatever you tell us. :)
It's just a moniker for the SoC that will go into pro Macs. No one knows what it will be called yet. But it's convenient on the internet to just label that SoC as "M1X" or "M2X" for those who believe it will be based on the A15 cores.

Don't get worked up over the name.
 
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Just purchased the M1 Air with student discount and a free AirPods, am actually glad the next gen isn't coming until 2022. 😁
 
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When there was no Mini LED MacBook Pro news at WWDC I got the base M1 Air brand new on Amazon from the official Apple Store page there for £850. £150 below retail.

No regrets. This is the best computer I’ve ever owned in my life hands down. Way, way more powerful then my former maxed out 2016 MacBook Pro 15”. Super light with battery life for days. Best decision I ever made.

Even if there is a newer model at Christmas or next year. At sub £1000 I could buy one every year. Hell, the iPhone costs more then that and I get one of those every year. 😆

I’m really interested in whatever Apple do in regards to an ‘affordable’ mini LED monitor for the Everyman. I’m guessing it won’t drop until the new Mac Pro does. But that I’m really interested in.
 
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chad.petree

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Everytime we talk about the new MacBooks using mini led there is no mention of pro motion, that is all I care about :( … also please apple don’t even think of giving us white bezels, please no! :(
 
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Apple will release a new version of the MacBook Air around the middle of 2022, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in note to investors seen by MacRumors.

m1-macbook-air.jpg

The upcoming MacBook Air will feature a 13.3-inch mini-LED display, which would make it the second Mac to gain mini-LED technology after the 2021 MacBook Pro, which is rumored to include a mini-LED display and is expected to launch later this year. Mini-LED display technology will bring a signifiant improvement in MacBook display quality, allowing for a thinner, lighter design while offering benefits like improved wide color gamut, high contrast and dynamic range, and truer blacks.

Kuo has said that the MacBook Air will include a mini-LED display in the past, and the rumor has also been echoed by DigiTimes.

Prior rumors have suggested the 2022 MacBook Air will have thinner bezels than the current model, and that it will adopt the same MagSafe charging technology rumored for the MacBook Pro.

It's also expected to include a pair of Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, and there's also a chance that it could come in multiple colors, similar to the M1 iMacs that Apple released this year.

The 2022 MacBook Air will use an upgraded version of the M1 Apple silicon chip that's faster and more efficient. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has said that it will feature the same number of computing cores as the M1 (eight), but that will offer nine or 10 GPU cores instead of seven or eight like the current model for better GPU performance.

Kuo says that if component shortages improve in late 2021 and across 2022, MacBook shipments could grow to approximately 20 to 22 million units in 2022.

Article Link: Kuo: Mini-LED MacBook Air Coming in Mid-2022
Oh, dear Apple, just make 13’ and 15’ MacBook (or 14’ and 16’) — with colors, white everything etc. Then of course 14’ and 16’ Pros. Then make a 800 gr. 12.5’ or 13’ Air and a 800$ MacBook SE with current Air design and M1.
 
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