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Apple is working on a high-end version of the MacBook Air that will feature an improved iteration of the current M1 Apple silicon chip, featuring improved graphics, but the same number of high efficiency, and high performance cores, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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Apple updated its 13-inch MacBook Air alongside the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini with the M1 Apple silicon chip in November. Bloomberg says that this new MacBook Air, which could launch as soon as the end of this year, will be more "high-end," featuring possibly nine or ten graphics cores, instead of the current seven and eight configurations.

The report notes that Apple is planning to update the low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro with the same improved chip.
For a redesigned, higher-end MacBook Air planned for as early as the end of the year, Apple is planning a direct successor to the M1 processor. That chip, codenamed Staten, will include the same number of computing cores as the M1 but run faster. It will also see the number of graphics cores increase from seven or eight to nine or 10. Apple is also planning an update to the low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro with that same chip.
Specfic details on what the MacBook Air redesign may include are scarce, but, Apple leaker Jon Prosser says that the new MacBook Air may come in different colors, much like the recently launched 24-inch iMac.

Article Link: Next MacBook Air Will Feature Faster Apple Silicon Chip With Up to 10 Graphics Cores
 
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deebinem

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Will this finally be what pulls me away from an aging but still serviceable mid-2012 15" MBPR?

Most likely not but exciting to see what develops!
 

adamw

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Should be exciting. Air keeps the heat down without a fan, but the Pro or Power models of the M series laptops should have faster clocked and more core CPUs.
 
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cmaier

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That sounds like a very underwhelming and yet unnecessary upgrade. 2 more graphic cores ain't going to change anything to what is already a good machine. Either make it a bigger upgrade or don't bother.

Yes, because that’s the only thing that will change. And the CPU core frequency increase doesn’t count.
 

Euroamerican

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I remember the days that people were so incensed that the MBA still had the old gray bezels unlike the unibody MBPs being sold at the same time.

Some day, I may want to replace my MBP 2010! The current MBA looks nice, but I would need an external minidock
 

mozumder

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They're going to call the base Mac processors M2 (4+4 CPU core), with M2X (8+2 core) for low-end MacBook Pro, M2Y (16+4 core) for high-end MacBook Pro/low-end Mac Pro, and M2Z (32 core) for high-end Mac Pro.
 

deuxani

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Maybe those colourful renders are not the Air but the regular MacBook and this high-end MacBook Air will look more similar to the current tapered Air but with slimmer bezels.
 

TheSynchronizer

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They're going to call the base Mac processors M2 (4+4 CPU core), with M2X (8+2 core) for low-end MacBook Pro, M2Y (16+4 core) for high-end MacBook Pro/low-end Mac Pro, and M2Z (32 core) for high-end Mac Pro.
I do not see Apple ever using the letter 'Y' in their naming schemes. Not sure why, but it just feels very un-Apple like.
 
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reallynotnick

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They're going to call the base Mac processors M2 (4+4 CPU core), with M2X (8+2 core) for low-end MacBook Pro, M2Y (16+4 core) for high-end MacBook Pro/low-end Mac Pro, and M2Z (32 core) for high-end Mac Pro.
Your M2Z is rumored as 32+8 core. And yeah while I don't think anyone is sure on the naming quite yet that sounds to about be the lineup.
 
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