In his latest note to investors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the next-generation Apple Silicon MacBook Air will go into mass production in the third quarter of 2022. Apple introduced its first 13-inch Apple Silicon MacBook Air model in November 2020 which received outstanding reviews in terms of its performance and battery life. The upcoming model is expected to be powered by a faster Apple Silicon chip, presumably M2 chip.
Redesigned MacBook Air will go into mass production in Q3, 2022
Previously, Kuo gave a general timeframe, mid-2022, for the new laptop’s launch. Now he has given a more precise time which might be September based on Q3, 2022 mass production. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg also reported that the redesigned MacBook Air will launch next year, along with AirPod Pro, iPad Pro, Apple Silicon Mac Pro, and other products.
Reports claim that the new MacBook Air will have a completely new flat edge-to-edge design without a wedge. It will come in several color options like the 24-inch M1 iMac and a MagSafe magnetic power cord. Like the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, the new Air model will also be powered by faster Apple Silicon and feature a mini-LED display. Earlier Kuo said that BOE will provide the mini-LED display panels for the new MacBook Air.
A mini-LED display delivers higher contrast ratios, improved color reproduction, and deeper blacks than an LCD. However, the advanced display technology is new in the industry, therefore, Apple is facing production challenges. For that very reason, Apple delayed the launch of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models from June to later this year.
At WWDC 2020, Apple announced a two-year plan to transition the entire Mac lineup from Intel processors to Apple Silicon. Since then, the company has launched a 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and 24-inch iMac powered by the M1 chip. In addition, the company will also upgrade its silicon as it progresses with the transition with faster and power-efficient chips.