After releasing the next-generation 13-inch MacBook Air with an M2 chip in 2022, Apple is expected to launch a larger 15-inch MacBook Air model in April this year.
Now, DigiTimes claims that the alleged 15-inch MacBook Air model might be equipped with the M2 chip.
Apple might launch two MacBook Air models with M2 and M3 chips in 2023
Built on an advanced 5nm process, the M2 chip consists of 25% more transistors, and 50% more bandwidth than the M1 chip. It features up to 24GB of fast unified memory to handle larger and more complex workloads and delivers 18% better CPU performance and 35% better GPU performance than the M1 chip.
Now, it is reported that the M2 chip would power Apple’s first 15-inch MacBook Air which will launch in the second quarter of 2023, from April to June.
The new report is corroborated by previous claims from tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and display analyst, Ross Young.
In June 2022, Kuo said that the tech giant was developing a new 15-inch MacBook model with the M2 and M2 Pro chips but was unsure whether the company would use the “Pro” or “Air” branding. He expected the model to launch in the second quarter of 2022.
However, revising the launch time only, Young said that Apple was working on 15.5-inch MacBook Air with the M2 and M2 Pro chip options which would arrive in the spring of 2023. Recently, Young added that the alleged new model has gone into production for an early April launch.
Previously, DigiTime reported that Apple might debut the M3 chip built on a 3nm process in the new MacBook Air model in late 2023. Although it seems unusual, it might not be impossible.
Apple’s long-term supplier TSMC has begun production of its advanced chips built on a 3nm process at its Fab 18 in the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP).