Apple’s Rumored 15-Inch MacBook Air Now Tipped For M2 Chip, Not M3
Apple is again being rumored to have a new 15-inch MacBook Air in the works, and while we still don’t know exactly when it will be announced there’s plenty going on beyond that.
Recent rumors have Apple set to grow the existing 13-inch MacBook Air to something closer to 15.5 inches as soon as April, but a new report suggests that the machine will not benefit from improved M3 chips as had previously been hoped.
Instead, it’s now thought that the machine is already in production — meaning it will use one of the current M2 series chips instead.
The report comes via a paywalled post by DigiTimes. It reads, “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.” Note that the Lunar New Year was on Sunday, January 22 2023.
This does match up with a previous report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who previously suggested that the new Mac would use the M2 Pro chip, although that remains to be confirmed at this point.
The same DigiTimes report also suggests that Apple will refresh the MacBook Air lineup once more later in 2023, which seems unlikely given Apple’s usual annual release calendar.
If Apple really is going to release a new 15-inch version of the MacBook Air, we can likely expect to hear more about it in the coming weeks as more information leaks.