Recently, display analyst Ross Young claimed that Apple will launch a larger 15-inch MacBook Air in 2023. Adding to the report, tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that tech giant will rebrand the model as “MacBook”, instead of MacBook Air.
A new MacBook Air model is expected to launch later this year. Rumor mills claim that it will be powered by the next-generation M2 chip because Apple confirmed that the M1 chip has reached its final build with the launch of M1 Ultra. Reportedly, the 2022 MacBook Air model will have the same design and screen size as the 2020 Mac Book Air but will be equipped with a more powerful processor. However, in 2023, the model will be upgraded with a completely new design.
Kuo predicts the alleged 15-inch MacBook will launch in late 2023
Commenting on Young’s report on the new 15-inch MacBook Air, Kuo said that the alleged laptop will go into mass production in the fourth quarter of 2023, and if all goes accordingly, it will launch late next year with a new name “MacBook”.
He also added that although a 15-inch larger display consumes more energy, the new laptop will use the same 30W power adapter as the 2020 MacBook Air.
Predictions for Apple's potential 15" notebook in 2023:
1. Mass production in 4Q23 if all goes to plan.
2. Although a larger display generally consumes more power, the design goal is to use the same 30W power adapter as MacBook Air.
3. It might not be called MacBook Air. https://t.co/R3UfxNWZW1
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) March 24, 2022
It is not the first time we have heard of 15-inch MacBook Air; during the Epic vs. Apple trial, the developer submitted Steve Jobs’ old email sent to his executive team in 2007 as evidence which revealed that the company was considering the launch of 15-inch MacBook Air, along with other products.
In 2010, Apple introduced MacBook Air in 11-inch and 13-inch sizes. Later the company discontinued the 11-inch model and till now, only sells 13-inch MacBook Air. If Apple does launch a 15-inch MacBook Air or MacBook, it will be the first time. Apple has only sold a 15-inch MacBook Pro model which costs a lot more than Air.
Previously, Kuo also contradicted industry claims regarding the 2022 MacBook Air; he said that it will ship with an M1 chip instead of the rumored M2 chip. Maybe, Apple is reserving the M2 chip for the 2023 15-inch MacBook Air model.