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Apple is expected to announce a new MacBook Air in 2022 with a significant redesign, and AppleInsider has created renders to show what it may look like.
When the M1 processor launched in late 2020 in three of Apple’s popular computers, no design alterations were made to any of them. The MacBook Air has retained the same overall aesthetic since it was pulled out of an envelope in 2008, but that will change with the M2.
Like the 24-inch iMac redesign, the new MacBook Air will take on a thinner, lighter chassis with a bright color scheme. The renders produced by AppleInsider showcase the off-white bezels, notched display, and white keyboard.
The tapered case design has always been an iconic part of the MacBook Air, but its thinness was an illusion due to a convex slope that houses its internal components. Now, Apple can fit everything into a case just wide enough to hold the Thunderbolt 4 ports.
The aluminum chassis may take on the more rounded shape of the 14-inch MacBook Pro design, but with color options. We expect Apple to mimic the 24-inch iMac colors with blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange, and purple hues.
The interior color will be slightly muted with white keys set in a color-matched aluminum basin. The bezel around the display is expected to be off-white and feature a notch for the camera housing.
Notable leaker Jon Prosser has shared renders previously based on disassembled part images given to him. These renders show a chassis without a tapered case, which may be to ensure there’s space for internal components in the thinner design.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple could add a mini-LED backlit display to the new MacBook Air. The 13.3-inch display would be the smallest MacBook with the technology and have the most affordable price.
Thanks to improved I/O, the M2 is said to allow the MacBook Air to have two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a MagSafe connector for charging. While it hasn’t been confirmed, we expect the laptop will be able to drive multiple external displays, unlike the 2020 model.
The M2 will have better performance than the M1, but not the M1 Pro or M1 Max. It will likely have more technologies packed in, like the media engine and a faster Neural Engine.
Apple could announce the M2 processor and new MacBook Air at any point in 2022. A March event is possible, but chip shortages and global economic issues may push the release to the fall.