Apple updated the MacBook Air twice during the same year in 2020: once in march to adopt a scissor mechanism keyboard and double the storage capacity, and once in november to switch to the Apple Silicon architecture. This sustained pace is not unprecedented in recent years, but it could be expected to slow down. The MacBook Air equipped with the Apple M1 chip already having a few months in its hands, it is legitimate to ask the question: the MacBook Air M2, when is it due?
As you know, Apple hardly ever communicates about its future products, but it is often possible, through rumors and the availability of new components, to get an idea of the upcoming deadlines. In recent years, Intel’s track record has been invaluable to us. By switching to the Apple Silicon architecture, that is to say on ARM chips designed in-house, Apple has not completely excluded us from the development process: we always know the projects of TSMC, the founder of Apple’s ARM chips. which will pass for example to a fineness of engraving of 3 nanometers next year, and it is known that Apple has been following an annual development pace for the Apple Ax iPhone chips for many years.
Can we therefore assume that Apple will be able to release its Apple M2 chip in 2021, its Apple M3 chip in 2022 and so on? In theory, the answer is yes, and that could mean expecting an annual renewal rate for the MacBook Air just like the brand’s other computers. But Apple could just as easily overcome this annual constraint, as it already does on the iPad Pro. Apple’s high-end tablet is getting ready to skip a generation by switching directly from the Apple A12X / A12Z chip to the Apple A14X chip, a more muscular derivative of the Apple A14 chip from the iPhone 12.
If Apple is developing its Apple M2 chip in 2021, nothing finally forces it to take advantage of it to equip the MacBook Air, whose power is already quite impressive. As with the iPhone, Apple could also voluntarily keep the catalog of generations of different chips to better distinguish its different ranges. Or also, postpone launches to favor more high-end models, as with the iPhone SE of 2020 which adopted the Apple A13 chip seven months after the iPhone 11.
As you will have understood, the arrival of the Apple Silicon architecture was a small revolution and we do not have the hindsight to know how Apple will handle the situation with its next ranges of chips. Today, all eyes are on the MacBook Pro, whose switch to Apple Silicon is only partial for the moment: it is this year that is expected the revision of the 13.3 “models with four ports as well as the 16” model. Models that will logically be equipped with more powerful processors than the Apple M1 chip which is an entry-level model, for example the Apple M2 chip and the Apple M2X chip if Apple follows the same suffix logic as with its iOS devices .
Which brings us to the rumors about upcoming models, and they’re particularly crisp. With the first generation of Apple Silicon chips, Apple did not want to turn everything upside down at once: the design of its machines has remained completely unchanged. For the second year, more ambitious revisions are expected: Apple is predicting a frank design evolution, according to Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo which are widely regarded as the two best sources in the industry. There is talk of a more angular chassis, the disappearance of the Touch Bar and the return of a more varied connection, with the integration of an SD card reader, the MagSafe magnetic connector and maybe even an HDMI port. These developments could be an important marker of differentiation with the MacBook Air.
These new MacBook Pro models could be unveiled in the third quarter of this year, more or less a year after the presentation of the Apple M1 chip. But the MacBook Air may have to wait, according to Mark Gurman: the entry-level laptop review would be scheduled for later, “Well after the next MacBook Pro”, which should therefore take us to 2022. On the other hand, Mark Gurman affirms that the MacBook Air would inherit a revamped design, more compact, thinner and lighter (Apple would still cut back on the margins around the screen), as well as the MagSafe connector … while being more expensive, the current design being kept at the entry level. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also anticipates the integration of a from mini-LEDs next year, without redesign in 2021.
According to the elements we have at the moment, we should therefore expect a major update for the MacBook Air in 2022, with a preview of certain developments to come thanks to the review of the MacBook Pro at the end of year 2021. An intermediate evolution of the MacBook Air in the fall remains possible, for example with the simple adoption of the future Apple M2 chip, but it remains completely hypothetical for the moment and has in any case not made the object of particular rumors.
If you are wondering whether it is worth the wait before investing, then the answer depends on your current equipment: the wait before the redesign of the MacBook Air will be potentially long. At the same time, the current range is excellent – you can find our test of Macs M1 for all the details – and promotional offers are on the rise as spring approaches at resellers like Amazon, the Fnac, Darty, Boulanger and others that you can find on our price comparison.
We also relay the best offers of the moment in our good plans. Remember, if you are a student or a teacher, you have access to Apple Store Education which allows you to benefit from a 10% discount compared to the official rates of the classic Apple Store. Note that the MacBook Air M1 is not yet available in a refurbished version (with 15% discount) on the Refurb Store at the time of writing, but it could quickly change. If you hesitate between the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro, you can also find our buying guide on the subject.
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