2022 MacBook Air could pack mini-LED display, MagSafe, colorful design

2022 MacBook Air could pack mini-LED display, MagSafe, colorful design


2022 MacBook Air render
Who doesn't want a MacBook Air that looks like this?
Render: Ian Zelbo/Front Page Tech

We could be waiting until the middle of 2022 for the next MacBook Air refresh, but according to the latest rumor, it will be well worth the wait.

Apple’s next-generation ultraportable is expected to deliver a new mini-LED display and MagSafe connectivity — like the 2021 MacBook Pro — as well as a much more colorful design inspired by the 24-inch iMac.

MacBook Air’s next refresh could be huge

Apple started bringing the fun back to the Mac when it introduced the first M1 iMac with a much more colorful design. And while it seems Pro devices will stick to silver and space gray, MacBook Air could be next in line for a lick of paint.

Twitter tipster @Dylandkt, who has provided reliable information on Apple’s upcoming products in the past, claims the next MacBook Air will come in a number of new color options with white display bezels — just like the new iMac.

The most affordable MacBook option is also expected to get a new keyboard that will combine the “off white” keys of the iMac’s new Magic Keyboard with the full-size function keys Apple just brought to MacBook Pro.

Dylan also expects the device to get a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, a MagSafe port for charging with a 30W power adapter, and USB-C connectivity. It is expected to retain its completely fan-less design, like the M1 MacBook Air.

A lengthy wait

Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech has also predicted similar design changes for the MacBook Air. He published gorgeous renders of what the new machine may look like with more colorful aluminum, white bezels, and a white keyboard.

The only downside? Dylan expects a lengthy wait for the next MacBook Air refresh, warning it may not arrive until “the middle of 2022.”

While we always recommend taking “leaks” like these with a pinch of salt, Dylan has been accurate before. His most recent tip regarding the 2021 MacBook Pro was spot-on, and he currently has a 75% rating from AppleTrack.


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