15-Inch MacBook Air Will Reportedly Have M2 Chip

Apple's rumored 15-inch MacBook Air will be equipped with the M2 chip, according to Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes. The report claims the laptop will be released in the second quarter of 2023, which runs from April through June.

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"Industry sources said the 15-inch MacBook Air began mass production after the Lunar New Year and is expected to be released in the second quarter," the report reads.

Apple already updated the 13-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip in July 2022. The chip is manufactured based on TSMC's second-generation 5nm process and is considered by some industry observers to be a stopgap until the 3nm-based M3 chip is ready. TSMC began mass production of 3nm chips in December.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last year claimed that a new 15-inch MacBook with M2 and M2 Pro chip options would be released in the second quarter of 2023 or later. Kuo said this MacBook might not have Air branding.

The report's sources believe that Apple could update the MacBook Air again with the M3 chip in the second half of 2023. It would be unusual for Apple to update the MacBook Air twice in such a short timeframe, but it is certainly possible. The sources said the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models were originally expected to be equipped with 3nm chips, but the M2 Pro and M2 Max are ultimately 5nm chips still.

This information comes just one day after display industry analyst Ross Young said Apple's supply chain started production of display panels for a 15-inch MacBook Air this month. Young estimated that the new MacBook Air will launch in "early April," which would be at the beginning of the second quarter timeframe reported today.

A new 15-inch display size would be the largest ever for the MacBook Air. The laptop has been offered in 11-inch and 13-inch sizes over the years.

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Top Rated Comments

mlrproducts Avatar
15 months ago
This makes sense.

Everyone wants an Air with a bigger screen, so they are giving us a “current” air with a bigger screen.

Nothing to see here.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Analog Kid Avatar
15 months ago
"Product released before M3 might have M2 in it"

This doesn't seem like a revelation...
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
v0lume4 Avatar
15 months ago
Having been less than a year since the M2 launched, I don’t find this much of a surprise.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
-BigMac- Avatar
15 months ago

Welp, guess I am not buying it until it has M3. I need the M3 chip and not willing to spend $1999 on it.
What do you NEED the M3 chip for, that the M2 doesn't do?

You don't even know the performance stats of M3.

NEED is a strong word
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
eicca Avatar
15 months ago
In case this strikes anyone as a problem, just remember that the M2 has double (or more) the computing power of the classic Mac Pro that many pros are still using.

It’s an unbelievable piece of technology.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
15 months ago

As a "loyal follower" of your posts ?, I must say that the color selection has been the biggest thing on your most-wanted feature list for Apple's laptop line...

We did get those "Starlight" and "Midnight" colors with the latest MacBook Air, but I think you are aiming for more fun colors like the 21-inch M1 iMacs, right.
Thank you for all your loyal support. Rest assured, it's recognized! ❤️

Correct! For many, it's the overall Performance and Functionality that are appealing to them. However, for me, I focus more on overall Industrial Design and Colors. I love the existing Midnight color on Macbook Air. I was going to pull the trigger last year but the 13" size was not appealing to me.

I also prefer deep/dark colors. I think they look rich, classy, and elegant. In addition, I really want Apple to introduce the new iPhone Pro lineup in Product Red this year. I've been begging Apple to make it happen for a while now.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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