Apple has been rumored to be working on a new 15-inch MacBook Air for a number of months and now the unannounced machine appears to have appeared in some App Store developer logs.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that test logs have confirmed that a new Mac is being used, running macOS 14, that appears to be using an M2 chip. The unconfirmed device has a display resolution similar to that of the 14-inch MacBook Pro.
The CPU, or main computing processor, continues to be split up between four high-performance cores and four efficiency cores. And the Macs in testing are running macOS 14, the version of the Mac operating system that Apple is slated to announce on June 5 at its Worldwide Developers Conference.
The M2 chip looks to be paired with 8GB of RAM which would match the base configuration of the current 13-inch MacBook Air.
This latest news does put an end to ongoing questions about whether the 15-inch MacBook Air would ship with an M2 chip or be one of the first to use an M3 chip instead. It now looks to be the case that Apple will save the M3 chips for a future release, based on the 3nm manufacturing process from TSMC.
Bigger changes to the Mac will come later with the release of an M3 chip, which will represent a transition to a 3-nanometer production process from the current 5-nanometer standard. The newer chip technology — produced by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., allows for improved performance and more efficiency. Apple will use a similar technology in this year’s new iPhones.
Apple’s WWDC23 event is now just weeks away, with the company also expected to announce new iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch software ahead of them all being made available to the public this fall.
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