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Apple's rumored 13- and 15-inch MacBook Air models will feature new display sizes, but will miss out on mini-LED and ProMotion technology, according to Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young.

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In a thread on Twitter, Young said that the the 2022 MacBook Air will feature a display size of 13.6-inches. This would make it 0.3-inches larger than the current MacBook Air, but still 0.6-inches smaller than the current 14.2-inch MacBook Pro. The new display size will presumably be accommodated by a complete redesign that moves away from the current tapered profile in favor of a thinner, MacBook Pro-like chassis.

Earlier this week, Young reported that Apple was working on a larger, 15-inch MacBook Air model set to launch in 2023. This is not the first time that we have heard about a 15-inch MacBook Air, as Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said last year that Apple was working on a larger, 15-inch MacBook Air. Respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that this device may be called the "MacBook" rather than MacBook Air.

Today, Young said that the 15-inch MacBook Air or "MacBook" will feature an exact display size of 15.2-inches. This is 0.2-inches smaller than the 15-inch display size that Apple previously offered on its larger MacBook Pro model until the introduction of the 16-inch MacBook Pro in 2019. Assuming the device would also sport thinner bezels than the now-discontinued 15-inch MacBook Pro and a new design, the 15-inch MacBook Air could have a noticeably smaller overall size compared to that device.

Young told MacRumors that neither of the new MacBook Air models will feature a mini-LED display or ProMotion technology. This seems to run against multiple claims from DigiTimes which said that the MacBook Air will get a mini-LED display in 2022, but Young maintains that the two new MacBook Air models will have LCD displays to maintain a lower price points compared to the high-end MacBook Pros.

Young has revealed a wide range of accurate insights into Apple's plans, such as the iPhone 13 Pro's ProMotion display, the display size and bezels of the sixth-generation iPad mini, the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro's mini-LED displays with ProMotion, and more.

Article Link: Upcoming MacBook Air Models Rumored to Feature Two New Display Sizes but Miss Out on Mini-LED Technology
 
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DanUC6

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What is the logic of not releasing at the same time? Many are waiting for a new design and will jump on the 13 or have to wait another year?
 

Unggoy Murderer

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Why would you not include Pro-Motion on a new MacBook Air? However I’m overly excited to see the new colors :)
Because it's a "pro" feature on a machine that hasn't got "Pro" in its name.

In time it'll trickle down as it always done, but for something that's fresh out the door, it'll be a while yet.
 

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imo, the macbook air does not need miniLED nor does it need ProMotion nor to be made out of metal. i'd much rather it be made out of some quality plastic material (aside from some metal on the bottom for heatsink). this way, the laptop would be lighter and better at taking fall damage and maybe even a little cheaper
 

theluggage

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As with the March event, I expect the shreds of truth are scattered through these rumours, but won’t actually make sense until something is actually launched.

At least with laptops people shouldn’t be able to mistake a stand alone display for an iMac, though…

Like the idea of a large-screen ”Not Air”, though - 16” MacBook Pro is overkill for a lot of non-AV-production uses, and I suspect that the regular M2 will give performance close to at least the low-end binned M1 Pro, esp. for anything not heavily multi-threaded.

Wild guess - lower-end 14/16” M1 Pro MBP for the chop if, as there was with the M1, there’s a 6-8 month lag between the regular M2 and the pro/max/whatever variants.
 
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Unggoy Murderer

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imo, the macbook air does not need miniLED nor does it need ProMotion nor to be made out of metal. i'd much rather it be made out of some quality plastic material (aside from some metal on the bottom for heatsink). this way, the laptop would be lighter and better at taking fall damage and maybe even a little cheaper
I'm supportive of there being a plastic model I suppose, but I wouldn't want them to ditch aluminium for it. Maybe as a new just "MacBook", like back in the polycarbonate days.

I had a shot of the Surface Laptop Go recently, and it's a really decent machine (plastic body). Extremely good value, and we'll like them in enterprise for that.
 
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imo, the macbook air does not need miniLED nor does it need ProMotion nor to be made out of metal. i'd much rather it be made out of some quality plastic material (aside from some metal on the bottom for heatsink). this way, the laptop would be lighter and better at taking fall damage and maybe even a little cheaper
I would not mind plastic for cost reasons, had 13.3" Black Macbook, really liked it :)
 
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