Apple’s new 15-inch MacBook Air and updated 13-inch MacBook Air could be released no later than this summer, according to a new report.
Apple has been tipped to have a 15-inch MacBook Air in the works for a good long while and now Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, writing in the Power On newsletter, says that he thinks a release could happen soon.
Alongside the MacBook Airs, it looks like Apple will also release a new Mac Pro.
Apple is scheduled to launch about three new Macs between late spring and summer, I’m told. Those three models are likely to be the first 15-inch MacBook Air (codenamed J515), the first Mac Pro with homegrown Apple chips (J180) and an update to the 13-inch MacBook Air (J513).
While the Mac Pro is expected to use a new M2 Ultra chip, it isn’t yet clear what we can expect the new MacBook Airs to use. They could use the existing M2 chip, but there is already an M2 MacBook Air on sale. Instead, it seems more likely that Apple will launch both machines with M3 chips instead. Gurman suggests that makes the most sense given Apple’s plans for the M2 to be nothing more than a stop-gap solution.
So it’s plausible that Apple is gearing up for at least the new 13-inch model to be an M3 machine. That would make a lot of sense: The M2 chip was always designed as a stopgap processor ahead of the M3, which will mark the first time Apple is moving from 5-nanometer chip process technology to a 3-nanometer design in the Mac.
The 15-inch MacBook Air would be the biggest of its kind, with Apple having previously sold 11 and 13-inc models of the thin and light laptop.
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