Next-Generation MacBook Air Could Focus on a Single Major Upgrade
Following a significant update in 2022, it is not immediately clear what features Apple could have in store for the next-generation MacBook Air – but according to rumors so far, the company could focus on a single major hardware introduction for the popular product line this year.
Apple introduced a radically redesigned 13-inch MacBook Air model last year featuring a Liquid Retina display, the M2 chip, 1080p camera, four-speaker sound system, MagSafe charging, and more. This year, rather than offering a further specification upgrade, reports indicate that Apple first plans to launch a new MacBook Air model with a 15.5-inch display.
This would be positioned above the current, 13.6-inch MacBook Air, which starts at $1,199, but below the 14.2-inch MacBook Pro, which starts at $1,999. A price in the region of $1,399 to $1,799 therefore seems likely.
The 15-inch MacBook Air will contain the M2 chip, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, making it identical to the 13-inch MacBook Air in terms of specifications. Due to its size, the larger model may still have some advantages in terms of battery capacity and speaker fidelity.
The new 15-inch model is the focus of next-generation MacBook Air rumors at the current time, but further in the future, Apple is expected to bring the M3 chip to the product line. The M2 chip is only a modest upgrade over the M1, so after a focus on fundamental hardware features throughout 2022 and 2023, the following MacBook Air upgrade may be more likely to offer a transformative chip upgrade.