Rumors of a new 2022 MacBook Air are rife after the unveiling in October of the new 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro, containing the new M1 Pro or M1 Max chips. Release date, price, technical sheet, we give you all the information on the next MacBook Air.
After the success of the MacBook Air M1 and the release of the new 2021 MacBook Pros, everyone is now looking to Apple as to the possible release of a new ultraportable.
According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman – who seems to have access to very good sources – Apple is developing a “ thinner and lighter version of the MacBook Air For the year 2022. This new MacBook Air will apparently no longer have the streamlined design with which it became famous.
According to a Jon Prosser leak, this new MacBook Air is expected to be available in a variety of colors, just like the new 24-inch iMac. The latter would also accommodate a notch, a MagSafe port and connectivity close to the new MacBook Pro, which would seem logical.
So, what to expect with this new MacBook Air? What will be its release date? What are the most anticipated features and improvements? We tell you all about it.
What release date for the next MacBook Air?
As we expected, the Apple event on October 18 went without the announcement of a new model. But according to the latest rumors, the next MacBook Air is expected in 2022. When exactly, we don’t know yet.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously claimed production of the next MacBook Air would not begin than in the third quarter of the year 2022. A comment relayed by other leakers. In September 2021, Kuo said he expected Apple to begin mass production of the redesigned MacBook Air at the end of the second or early third quarter of 2022.
How much will the new MacBook Air cost?
According to Bloomberg, this new laptop will position itself as a high-end version of the current MacBook Air, with current models remaining on sale. For your information, the price of the current MacBook Air of 1 129 € (Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU, 256 GB of storage) and 1 399 € (with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, 512 GB of storage).
Thus, we can expect that Apple will lower the price of current models (by how much, hard to say) while the new model, with its new design, could be displayed from € 1,399. Analyst Kuo also expects the MacBook Air to see a price drop, although we don’t know which one it is (is the M1 going down, or the entire lineup?).
What design for the MacBook Air 2022?
You’re probably wondering if it’s worth waiting for the MacBook Air 2022 or getting yourself the current MacBook Air M1 today. The answer is, you might just have to wait if you’re not in a rush, because like the newer MacBook Pros, the next model may well afford a visual overhaul.
A mini-LED screen, like the MacBook Pro?
According to the latest rumors, the next MacBook Air should follow in the footsteps of the 2021 iPad Pro and the new MacBook Pros and enjoy a mini-LED display. That means it should take advantage of brighter colors and much better brightness: the new MacBook Pros will up to 1000 nits of constant brightness (full screen) and up to 1600 nits of peak brightness. The current MacBook Air M1 goes up to just 400 nits.
New colors, like the iMac 24 ″?
Rumors also mention the arrival of new colors. Jon Prosser says there will be options in blue and green, “ very close, if not identical Of the 24-inch iMac. FYI, the 24-inch iMac is available in seven different colors: blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange and purple.
Jon Prosser isn’t the only one with information on the new MacBook Air: analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also expect Cupertino to release MacBook Airs similar to the ones pictured above from 2022.
Flat edges, like all new Apple products?
Still according to Jon Prosser, the MacBook Air 2022 should abandon its legendary tapered design for a flat-edged design, like the rest of the range. The case will not be thicker than a USB-C socket and Prosser has also indicated that there will be two in total. The keyboard could also benefit from white keys.
Towards a slimmer design?
Still according to Bloomberg, the next MacBook Air should be thinner and lighter while maintaining the current 13-inch screen size. To achieve this, Apple will need to reduce the size of the borders around the screen.
At present, the dimensions of the MacBook Air are 30.41cm x 21.24cm x 0.41 up to 1.61cm. From there, we would expect Apple to shave off the edges by at least an inch. So we might expect a design around 29,5 cm x 20 cm.
What about the notch?
If there is one thing that is debating the new 14 ″ and 16 ″ MacBook Pro, it is adding a notch on the top of the screen. Even though Apple says it’s designed not to interfere with the workspace, the notch gets in the way of some menu bar items, especially on software that isn’t yet up to date.
So of course everyone is wondering if the notch will appear on the new MacBook Air 2022. And unfortunately, everything suggests that Apple will enlarge the screen of the MacBook Air without adjusting the size of the case and by incorporating this notch, as is the case with the new MacBook Pros. Proof, this new rendering provided by Jon Prosser at the end of October 2021.
What data sheet for the MacBook Air 2022?
Considering its size, we shouldn’t expect the next MacBook Air to be much more powerful than it currently is, and certainly not as powerful as the newer MacBook Pros. We can expect some improvements, however.
No M1 Pro chip, but an M2 chip?
Several analysts expect the new MacBook Air to feature a certain M2 chip, which would carry the code name Staten. It would have the same number of CPU cores as its predecessor, the M1 chip, that is, an 8-core CPU with 4 high-performance cores and 4 high-energy-efficient cores. On the other hand, this M2 chip would have up to 10 cores for the GPU part, compared to 7 and 8 currently (depending on the model chosen).
The spectacular performance of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips seems completely over the top for a mainstream Mac laptop like the MacBook Air. And while the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips are particularly efficient in terms of energy management, they probably wouldn’t be suitable for a Mac that lacks fans, like the MacBook Air. This is why we firmly believe in the release of an M2 chip.
More ports and arrival of the MagSafe 3?
The 2021 MacBook Pros take advantage of new ports: an SDXC card reader, an HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a MagSafe 3 port and three Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports. Why wouldn’t the new MacBook Air benefit, too?
According to Jon Prosser still, the MacBook Air 2022 will benefit a 3.5 jack port, from two Thunderbolt 4 ports (USB-C) and you MagSafe 3, as this rendering demonstrates.
We can indeed imagine that if Apple is tracing more and more the design of the MacBook Air on that of the MacBook Pro, it will remain more space for connections. It is obviously unlikely that we will see the return of the SD card port or an HDMI port, two elements that Apple would reserve for professionals and its Pro models.
A 1080p camera?
We also sincerely hope that Apple adds a FaceTime camera in 1080p. Despite the AI enhancements provided by the 16 Neural Engine cores on the M1 chip, the current 720p FaceTime camera could not be more mediocre. We hope to see the arrival of an HD webcam in 1080p, as for the iMac and MacBook Pro 2021.
That’s all we know today about the next one MacBook Air 2022. We will update this file with each new information.