Apple simply redesigned the MacBook Air round its M2 chip, however extra variants of the ultra-thin pocket book could also be on the way in which. A report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has a really stable monitor report, suggests a bigger 15-inch MacBook Air may are available early 2023, in addition to a attainable new 12-inch pocket book coming a bit later.
If Apple did go for a 15-inch MacBook Air, it could be the most important within the lineup because it debuted in 2008. The Air has sometimes had a 13.3-inch show, although an 11.6-inch Air existed for a number of years. The newly introduced M2 MacBook Air has a 13.6-inch display screen. The report claims that the rumored 15-inch mannequin is a “wider model” of the brand new M2 Air.
A 15-inch possibility has lengthy been desired by Apple followers who desire a larger display screen however do not wish to pay for the extra energy of the MacBook Professional line. There have been rumors a few 15-inch possibility with M2 earlier than, however they did not materialize. However as Gurman factors out, extra choices may doubtlessly let Apple use its personal silicon to take a much bigger chunk out of the PC market with a greater diversity of efficiency and dimension variations.
The report additionally suggests Apple goes small once more with a 12-inch laptop computer for the tip of 2023 or early 2024. Apple discontinued a 12-inch MacBook (not Air, not Professional, simply “MacBook”) again in 2019, so this might take its place as an much more ultraportable machine than the Air. With the brand new MacBook Air beginning at $1,199, maybe a 12-inch pocket book may take its place because the $999 entry-level laptop computer.
Lastly, and maybe least surprisingly, Gurman says Apple will replace the higher-end MacBook Execs with M2 Professional and M2 Max chips, probably by the tip of 2022 or early 2023. These laptops are unlikely to see new designs (that simply occurred final 12 months), with this being a easy spec bump.
Apple did not reply to Bloomberg‘s request for remark.
On the one hand, laptop computer distributors like Dell, Lenovo and HP provide dozens of designs, every with many configurations, together with chips from AMD and Intel. Having extra designs would possibly enable Apple to peel away prospects who could not discover what they wished with the present Mac lineup. A part of Apple’s attraction has additionally been a easy, easy-to-understand selection of Macs (although the 12-inch MacBook brought about some confusion). Nevertheless, with the arrival of extra Macs and more and more Mac-like experiences on the iPad, that simplicity could also be going away.
However Apple’s personal chips additionally put it extra accountable for its personal future (provide chain issues apart). We’ll see what designs Apple Silicon evokes.