MacBook Air 2022: Here are the most important developments
The new MacBook Air was first discussed in August 2021, with projections that the device will be released in the middle of 2022, however that target was not reached. The next MacBook Air model is expected to be released in the second half of 2022, since the MacBook Air was significantly absent from the "Peek Performance" event in March 2022.
During Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, the company is likely to unveil new operating system upgrades with new versions of Apple gadgets. The new MacBook Air is one of the versions expected to be shown. However, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, even if that happens, you may not be able to buy one right immediately, since the shutdown of Chinese facilities that build MacBooks due to COVID-19 may suggest restricted supplies as well as a delayed-release date for replacement machines.
Other rumors claim that manufacturing has increased in anticipation of strong demand for the next MacBook Air versions.
If Quanta's production capacity recovers to pre-closing levels, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that six to seven million new MacBook Airs will be supplied by the third quarter of this year.
He also expects that shipments of the new MacBook Air will outnumber those of the current 14- to 16-inch MacBook Pros. Quanta and Foxconn will both ship the new MacBook Air, but Quanta will only ship the MacBook Pro.
MacBook Air 2022 features expected
No matter when the new MacBook Air is released, there have been enough leaks and rumors about the most important developments to make the wait worthwhile. According to Apple Insider, the company will unveil the forthcoming MacBook Air 2022 during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
Previous leaks have revealed that Apple is planning a dramatic redesign of its future MacBook Air models, and the device also enables an upgrade in internal configurations, and the current leaks have evaluated the expected features for this edition, as a result, people are eager to see what Apple has to offer this time.
Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman highlighted the expected features of the MacBook Air, which include a new design, in his most recent analysis, as several leaks have revealed that Apple is planning to include the expected design changes in the next generation.
The MacBook Air is also rumored to include a 13-inch display, MagSafe charging capabilities, and Touch ID, but no Touch Bar, according to Gurman.
However according to prior rumors from Ross Young and Ming-Chi Kuo, the next edition of the Air would have a tiny LED screen, but subsequent analyst reports corroborate that Apple will continue to use LCD screens in the next iteration.
The upcoming MacBook Air notebooks might also have white keycaps, bigger function keys, and a significantly smaller touchpad, according to Prosser. The chassis is also substantially thinner, thanks to the removal of the original beveled corners in favor of a sleek, blunt bezel. Taking all of these reports into account, it appears that this year's MacBook Air will be the smallest and lightest ever.
According to some sources, the next MacBook Air will have additional color options, similar to what Apple did with the iMac.
Both Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo believe that the next MacBook Air won't be available in a variety of colors. It will most likely come in two basic hues, such as gray and silver, as well as two new colors, navy blue and "champagne-like gold."
According to Gurman, suggestions that Apple is giving additional rainbow color options for its MacBook Air are "perhaps overblown".
Apple's M1 SoC, which integrates the CPU, GPU, and other components into an octa-core processor capable of producing shockingly amazing performance, is used in the latest iteration of the laptop, the MacBook Air (2020).
The 2020 model is significantly more powerful than the model it replaced with support from Intel, operating 3.5 times faster in terms of CPU performance and 5 times faster in terms of GPU performance.
The MacBook Air (2022) is projected to contain various versions, one of which is rumored to include an M2 CPU, which will be faster than the M1 processor while providing performance comparable to the M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra processors.
You'll have the option of 8GB or 16GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage, as well as fixed features like Magic Keyboard and Touch ID.
Apple's intentions to support MacBook Air with enhancements to the 1080p FaceTime HD camera, which supports HD resolution, are also mentioned in the leaks.
Date of release and price
The predicted release date has grown a little foggy as Apple didn't mention a release date during its Peek Performance event on March 8th. With so many speculations flying, we'll almost certainly hear something by the end of 2022, so keep an eye out for any year-end events.
Although there is no official word on pricing, we expect the new MacBook Air will start at $999 / £999, exactly like the current model.
Even if Apple does not openly announce it, the new MacBook Air is likely to be a key feature of Monday's WWDC event, as is Apple's mixed reality headset project. As Apple aims to go beyond its current hardware and software, this WWDC event is likely to include augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
Apple is getting ready to show off new tools for developers that will allow them to embed mixed reality capabilities into their apps, according to Gurman and a story from The New York Times. Apple is also working on incorporating AR and VR elements into its own apps, according to Gurman.