Apple’s upcoming 2022 Worldwide Developer Conference is right around the corner, slated to begin on June 6 to announce its next-generation software updates for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. It was previously rumored that Apple could announce new hardware at WWDC like a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and an iMac Pro. Now, it seems like a redesigned M2 MacBook Air is the most likely product launch for WWDC.
Redesigned MacBook Air could be coming next week
As reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, the long-rumored redesigned MacBook Air with an M2 chip could be announced at WWDC. While the tech giant initially planned to launch the device at the event, the plan is now to announce it due to ongoing supply chain issues.
If there’s any hardware at WWDC, it will likely be on the Mac side. The company has been aiming to launch the next MacBook Air with M2 chips at the conference. The recent supply chain crunch due to Covid-related closures in China has complicated that, but developers say that Apple employees are increasingly using next-generation MacBook Airs with their apps. That’s a sign that the new Mac is close.
In addition to the M2 chip, rumors suggest the upgraded MacBook Air will feature a new flat edge-to-edge design with white bezels and a white keyboard similar to the 24-inch iMac. In addition, the laptop is also expected to support MagSafe charging and feature an improved 1080p FaceTime camera along with new ports. It is also expected that the MacBook Air will be available in multiple colors, including green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver.
Gurman also touched on the release of Apple’s mixed-reality headset saying it is unlikely it will be announced at WWDC. This comes as a disappointment to eager fans after trademark filings for “realityOS” were recently discovered.
In terms of new hardware… though Apple’s upcoming mixed-reality headset is full steam ahead — underscored by the recent demonstration of the device to the company’s board — I’d be wary of expecting a full-blown presentation for developers and consumers next week.