Upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air Again Rumored to Feature M2 Chip

The forthcoming 15-inch MacBook Air will indeed be equipped with an M2 chip, not the M3 that Apple originally planned, claims news aggregator account "yeux1122" on the Korean Naver blog.

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According to the blog's Taiwanese supply chain source, Apple's decision to use an M2 chip was not down to production issues at chipmaker TSMC, but was due to a combination of factors, including market conditions and inventory adjustment.

A previous report out of Korea earlier this month claimed that Apple temporarily halted production of its M2 series chips at the start of 2023 following a pronounced slump in global demand for MacBooks.

The suspension is said to have continued through February, after which production of M2 series chips resumed, but they were "only half the level of the previous year," said the Korean-language report at the time, quoting a person familiar with the matter.

Last week, an unreleased 15-inch MacBook Air with a processor "on par" with the M2 chip was spotted in App Store developer logs. The MacBook Air configuration had an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, just like the M2 chip, along with 8GB of RAM. The new Air was also listed with a display resolution equal to that of the 14-inch MacBook Pro.

It's unclear exactly when the 15-inch MacBook Air will be released, but it will likely be announced by WWDC, which begins June 5. The existing 13-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip launched in July 2022 after being announced at WWDC a month earlier.

The release of an M3-powered Mac is expected to come at a later date, and will represent a transition to a 3-nanometer production process from the current 5-nanometer standard. The 3nm process, which is also being used in this year's iPhone 15 series, allows for significantly improved performance and more efficiency.

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Top Rated Comments

Aluminum213 Avatar
6 weeks ago

They should just wait for the M3 at this point
Might as well wait for the M4 at this point
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
russell_314 Avatar
6 weeks ago
Of course it’s going to come with M2 if it comes out this year. M3 is likely going to be late 2024.

Most people buying this are not going to care. I don’t think anyone here could tell the difference between M1 and M2 without some type of benchmark method. It’s not something that’s going to make a difference to people using a MacBook Air.

Perhaps tech nerds won’t have bragging rights to tell their friends they have M3 in their laptop but maybe they can wait till it comes out ?‍♂️
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
russell_314 Avatar
6 weeks ago

I hope 15” MBA would at least come with a fan this time around. I’d feel more at ease as I’m still not a fan of fanless MBA (no pun intended ;) ).
That’s my favorite part of my M2 MacBook Air. I don’t have to worry about vents or fan noise. I know it’s hard for people coming from Intel where they’re used to having a jet turbine cooling the processor.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
6 weeks ago
Still starting at 8GB of ram? ? soon our phone will have more than a Mac laptop
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
azentropy Avatar
6 weeks ago

You can get up to 24 GB if you need it. Not everybody needs that much.
Sure not everyone needs that much, but you shouldn't have to BTO to get more than 8GB of RAM anymore. At this point they should offer a 16GB pre-built configuration that retailers can carry.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ascender Avatar
6 weeks ago

They should just wait for the M3 at this point
I'd rather they just get it out there asap - its not like the M2 is a bad chip in terms of performance, efficiency, heat etc. At the moment, anyone wanting a 15" laptop has to spring for the 16" MacBook Pro, so the sooner an alternative option is available the better.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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