Apple is likely working on a new version of the MacBook Air with a new exterior case design that’s both lighter and thinner than it’s current offering, which was updated with Apple’s M1 chip in November 2020, a new Bloomberg report found.
The plan is to release it somewhere in late 2021 or 2022, according to the report’s sources, and it will also include MagSafe charging (which is also said to be coming to Apple’s next MacBook Pro lineup).
MagSafe would offer charging via power delivery, while two USB 4 ports would provide data connectivity on the new MacBook Air. The size of the display will remain at its current 13-inch measurement, however Apple will reportedly incorporate smaller overall sizes by reducing the bezel that surrounds the screen’s edge.
Apple has a plan to revamp its entire Mac lineup with its own Apple Silicon (M1) processors over the course of the next two years. The first of these Macs, powered by the M1 chip, were released late last year, and the resulting performance benefits compared to their Intel-powered predecessors have been substantial.
Despite the radical overhaul of the internals, the physical design remained almost exactly the same, prompting speculation as to when Apple would introduce new case designs to further distinguish it’s new Macs from their older models.
“Apple said to be planning new 14 and 16 inch MacBook Pro devices with MagSafe and Apple silicon.”
The company is also reportedly working on new MacBook Pros with MagSafe charging, which could also ditch the company’s controversial TouchBar interface – and, according to Bloomberg, bring back a dedicated SD card slot.
All these changes would actually be reversions of design changes Apple made when it introduced the current physical notebook Mac designs, beginning with the first Retina display MacBook Pro in 2012.
These changes hope to address usability complaints by some of the company’s enthusiast and professional customers.