Apple’s M1 processor is already proving super popular in the devices it’s inside, not least the MacBook Air that was refreshed last year. But while that machine came with a fancy new chip inside, Apple didn’t revise the chassis.

That’s set to change, according to a new report.

Today, Bloomberg mentioned that a higher-end MacBook Air is coming, complete with a new design and a new M1 chip that will be faster than the one already in use.

“For a redesigned, higher-end MacBook Air planned for as early as the end of the year, Apple is planning a direct successor to the M1 processor. That chip, codenamed Staten, will include the same number of computing cores as the M1 but run faster. It will also see the number of graphics cores increase from seven or eight to nine or 10. Apple is also planning an update to the low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro with that same chip.“

The big news here is obviously the new design, something that has previously been rumored. Talk of a faster M1 chip is also interesting, given the fact we’re still waiting for a 27-inch iMac and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Could those machines ship with the same M1 chip?

Apple’s current M1 chip is set to ship in the redesigned 24-inch iMac and new iPad Pro, both ready for sale in stores this coming Friday, May 21.

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