New M3 MacBook Air Models Expected Around March 2024

Apple plans to refresh the MacBook Air around March 2024, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said today in a report on Apple's future iPad and Mac plans. Updated 13-inch and 15-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ models are in the works.

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As Apple overhauled the ‌MacBook Air‌'s design in 2022 and then introduced a larger model in 2023, no design changes are planned for the 2024 models. The focus will instead be on new internal hardware, including the updated M3 chip.

Introduced earlier this year in the updated MacBook Pro models, the M3 chip is the first chip built on Apple's 3-nanometer process, bringing performance and efficiency improvements. M3 chip benchmarks suggest that the CPU is up to 21 percent faster than the M2, and the GPU is up to 15 percent faster.

According to Gurman, Apple is developing the Macs alongside macOS 14.3, an update that is expected between the end of January and February, but new hardware may ship around the March timeframe. The new ‌MacBook Air‌ models could be timed to launch alongside updated iPad Pro and iPad Air models, which are coming around March.

There is no word yet on when other Macs might be refreshed. The MacBook Pro and iMac models were updated in October 2023, the Mac mini was last updated in January 2023, and the Mac Studio and Mac Pro updated in June 2023.

In the fourth fiscal quarter of 2023, Apple saw a steep decline in Mac sales. Macs brought in $7.6 billion, down 34 percent from the $11.5 billion that Apple earned in Q4 2022. Apple expects Mac sales to go up following the launch of the October MacBook Pro models, and an early 2024 ‌MacBook Air‌ refresh will also help to drive growth.

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Top Rated Comments

Sorinut Avatar
11 weeks ago

My M1 will finally get retired for one of these.
I don't plan to even look at a replacement for my M1 until, at least, the M5. It's still as fast as the day I bought it.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
11 weeks ago
I will stick with the M2 Air for now. It is an excellent machine.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mitthrawnuruodo Avatar
11 weeks ago
I have a 13" MacBook Air M1 with 16 GB RAM.

When the rumours of an 15" Air started, I was so ready to upgrade, but when they released it with "only" an M2, I kind of went back up on the fence.

With the release of the "baby" 14" MacBook Pro, with a standard M3 in it, I was tempted again, but figured I'd at least wait and see how the 15" M3 Air looked. If that's basically just the M2 Air with a new processor, then I'm leaning towards the "baby" 14" Pro being much better value for money.

And so the internal discussion goes...

The thing is though: My current M1 Air is a VERY capable little machine, and I have no real need for an upgrade, and I might stay up on the fence for years, if I'm sensible.

If I'm sensible...

I'm not always sensible...
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
turbineseaplane Avatar
11 weeks ago
Apple honestly thinks sales are down because they aren’t on M3 (and/or fast enough)?

Vast majority of buyers have no idea or care about this
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DHagan4755 Avatar
11 weeks ago
The real question is: Will Apple bring its new "anodization seal" to the midnight finish of the MacBook Air?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adamw Avatar
11 weeks ago
If Apple were smart, they would upgrade the M3 base model of all their lineup with at least 12GB RAM, as a Mac with M3 chip and 8GB is pitiful performance when you have any other apps open such as multiple web browser windows in the background. For validation of this 8GB RAM performance limitation, see:

Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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