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Apple plans to release a new MacBook Air with a larger 15-inch display in April, according to display industry analyst Ross Young. The laptop is expected to be powered by the M2 chip and will likely support Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.

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While we wait for the new MacBook Air to be announced, we have recapped five new features that have been rumored or are likely to be included.

15-Inch Display

The new MacBook Air is expected to be equipped with a larger 15.5-inch display, which would be the largest ever for the laptop. The current MacBook Air has a 13.6-inch display, and the laptop was offered in an 11-inch size many years ago.

While a new 13-inch MacBook Air with an OLED display is rumored to launch in 2024, the 15-inch model is expected to have a traditional LCD.

M2 Chip

Like the 13-inch MacBook Air, the 15-inch model will reportedly be available with the M2 chip. Apple says the M2 chip has up to an 18% faster CPU, up to a 35% faster GPU, and up to a 40% faster Neural Engine compared to the M1 chip.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last year claimed that a 15-inch MacBook with M2 and M2 Pro chip options would be released in the second quarter of 2023 or later. Interestingly, Kuo said this MacBook might not have Air branding. On a purely speculative basis, it is possible that Apple could release a 15-inch MacBook that is positioned between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, but Apple's plans remain to be seen.

Longer Battery Life

With a 15-inch display, the new MacBook Air would have a larger chassis, allowing for a larger battery and longer battery life.

Apple says the 13-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip lasts up to 18 hours per charge, so perhaps the 15-inch model could get closer to the 20-hour mark. Apple silicon chips continue to have industry-leading performance-per-watt.

Wi-Fi 6E

While the 13-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip is limited to Wi-Fi 6, there is a good chance that the 15-inch MacBook Air will be upgraded to Wi-Fi 6E. Apple already updated the Mac mini with the M2 chip and Wi-Fi 6E last month.

Wi-Fi 6 operates on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, while Wi-Fi 6E also works over the 6GHz band, allowing for faster wireless speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference. To take advantage of these benefits, the device must be connected to a Wi-Fi 6E router, which are available from brands like TP-Link, Asus, and Netgear.

Apple has added Wi-Fi 6E support to a handful of devices so far, including the latest iPad Pro, 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.

Bluetooth 5.3

Apple has added Bluetooth 5.3 to several of its latest devices, and the 15-inch MacBook Air could be next in line to gain support.

Bluetooth 5.3 offers benefits such as improved reliability and power efficiency, according to the Bluetooth SIG, the organization behind the standard. Bluetooth 5.3 could also pave the way for the new MacBook Air to support LE Audio eventually for improved audio quality, longer battery life, and more, should Apple choose to implement it.

Earlier this week, Apple filed a new Bluetooth 5.3 product listing. The filing does not mention any specific products, but it references a prior macOS-related listing, suggesting the filing could be related to upcoming Macs of some kind.

For more rumors about the 15-inch MacBook Air, read our roundup linked below.

Article Link: New MacBook Air Rumored to Launch in April With These 5 New Features
 

adamw

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Looks like a long awaited new Mac model laptop size that many people have been waiting for! Not sure why they are not going with the new M3 chips, as they are currently being produced, but perhaps this was designed with the M2 chip prior to the M3 chips being available. Will this just be called a "MacBook" without the "Air" in the name?
 
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Tagbert

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This should bring some simplicity to the MacBook line.

Pro line - MacBook Pro
14” and 16” sizes

Consumer line - MacBook Air (or just Macbook)
13” and 15” sizes

Maybe keeping the old 13” M1 Air as the low price special (essentially an SE)
I expect the 13” MBP to fade into the sunset.
 
If this is true what does it do for the M3 timeline?

It would seem the M3 Airs would not arrive until some time in 2024.

However it does make sense if they plan to run a back to school sale.
I have a feeling M3 will arrive in Macbook Pro + MacBook Air in 2024. This year seems very unlikely now.
 

lJoSquaredl

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"While a new 13-inch MacBook Air with an OLED display is rumored to launch in 2024, the 15-inch model is expected to have a traditional LCD."

Hmm, this may have me getting the 14" or 16" until the 15" with OLED drops, the 15" MBA will probably be my ultimate laptop solution except for that contrast ratio...just so hard to switch back after using my relatives MBP to watch a movie lol such a difference.
 
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surfzen21

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I have a feeling M3 will arrive in Macbook Pro + MacBook Air in 2024. This year seems very unlikely now.

I agree the M3 Air will likely be a 2024 release. They are ramping up production of some M3 variant for 2023 though.

Maybe I'm wrong but it would be weird to release the M3Pro and M3Max before the base M3.

I guess I'm just confused 🤣
 

alpi123

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Looks like a long awaited new Mac model laptop size that many people have been waiting for! Not sure why they are not going with the new M3 chips, as they are currently being produced, but perhaps this was designed with the M2 chip prior to the M3 chips being available. Will this just be called a "MacBook" without the "Air" in the name?
Even in April it won't be a full year since the M2... if M3 is coming it will be at the end of the year at the earliest
 
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hajime

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What will the resolutions be?

Will it be available earlier, middle of end of April? Just bought a MacBook Pro 16" few hours ago! Haven't opened it yet.
 

icymountain

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It will be good to see one more size option for the MBA. I almost dream we would get also an 11"-12" one too...

"Introducing the new 15-inch MacBook Air in midnight. Even more space for your fingerprints. You're gonna love it."
I get the joke, but to be fair, I do not find fingerprints that much of an issue on my midnight 13" MBA (my favorite laptop ever).
 
"Introducing the new 15-inch MacBook Air in midnight. Even more space for your fingerprints. You're gonna love it."
It will be good to see one more size option for the MBA. I almost dream we would get also an 11"-12" one too...


I get the joke, but to be fair, I do not find fingerprints that much of an issue on my midnight 13" MBA (my favorite laptop ever).
Many people complain about fingerprints as an issue of Midnight Macbook Air. But I don't think it's that big of an issue if you own an Apple Polishing Cloth. Just keep it handy at all times near MBA. The color itself is way too stunning and gorgeous!
 

HobeSoundDarryl

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With so much apparent enthusiasm, I can only imagine the price... which- I suspect- will not be a simple extrapolation above the existing air and below the existing MBpro pricing. My guess is that this will be meaningfully more expensive than extrapolation logic would imply... seeming to clash with MBpro pricing ("might as well get the pro") which would be fixed by next MBpros also getting the "inflation" and "supply chain" price hike to resolve the clash.

But I'll hope right with all imagining this one costing only a little more than the existing one.
 

MBAir2010

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I wonder if Maserati™ gets this "respect" with every car release as well?

"HA! the 2023 Maserati: 2023 Ghibli, ONLY 13 - 18 MPG City / 20 HWY- what's, get a life!"

this MacBook Air 2023 line ups looks great and
hopefully will appease many  users and sway some sWindows users our way!
 

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Could they update the current MacBook Air's Bluetooth and WIFI via firmware or other OS updates or is this a hardware thing?
 
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Spaceboi Scaphandre

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This should bring some simplicity to the MacBook line.

Pro line - MacBook Pro
14” and 16” sizes

Consumer line - MacBook Air (or just Macbook)
13” and 15” sizes

Maybe keeping the old 13” M1 Air as the low price special (essentially an SE)
I expect the 13” MBP to fade into the sunset.

Bro we need a Macbook SE bad.
 
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