25 August 2021
While Apple is doing some last-minute touch-ups for its incoming “Unleashed” event, the leaks have started for the next year’s MacBook Air model.
In a forum post from August discussing the new MacBook Pro models, a leaker by the name Ty98 said the next-generation MacBook Air will include the same notch as the incoming MacBook Pro models. The leaker reportedly further commented that the MacBook Air will “look much better.” The leaker also said the next MacBook Air will have a “very round and light” design.
Past rumors have also suggested the MacBook Air 2022 will have a thinner and lighter profile, thanks to the mini-LED display that Apple is expected to choose. The MacBook Air 2022 is expected to have an M2 processor, the next version of the M1 chip that Apple debuted last year. It is expected that the M2 processor will bring significant improvement to the overall performance.
Last year in November, Apple unveiled the MacBook Air with M1 chip, the company’s first-ever custom-made silicon. Now, its successor that is rumored to arrive in 2022 will feature the very next iteration of the SoC – M2 chip.
Currently, not much is available on the next big upgrade of Apple’s own silicon. A report, however, from Nikkei Asia claimed in April that the M2 chip had undergone mass production already. It is reported to be based on TSMC’s 5-nanometer plus (N5P) technology, a slightly improved fabrication over the 5nm tech used on the M1 chip.
For your reference, the upcoming MacBook Pro models that might launch at today’s “Unleashed” event are expected to get M1 Pro and M1 Max processors.