A new series of renders based on rumors about the 2022 MacBook Air show just how slim it might be. And how it might borrow many of the features of the recently announced MacBook Pro.
The upcoming model reportedly will include an M2 processor, a MagSafe connector and a mini-LED display with a screen notch. But not the wedge design of previous MacBook Airs.
Specs of the 2022 MacBook Air
Quite a few details have leaked out about the next MacBook Air, considering it’s allegedly close to a year away. The new concept renders are based on leaked info and come from a collaboration between FrontPageTech.com and Renders by Ian. They show a device that’s extremely slim — slim enough to look a bit like an iPad Pro.
It’ll allegedly get that svelte shape by leaving out many of the features of the 2021 MacBook Pro. As noted, it’s expected to have a MagSafe charging port but just two USB-C ports and a headphone jack. No HDMI port or SD card reader for this model.
Because these are drawings from Renders by Ian based on leaked information, there’s room for error. For example, it’s questionable whether a screen as slim as the one in these images is physically possible. Also, the device will need rubberized feet to keep it from sliding around while typing, even if they add to the thickness.
A new generation of displays
Reliable sources point to a mini-LED screen like the ones in the 2021 MacBook Pro versions. No one seems to have been able to nail down a size for this, however. Will it measure 13 inches? Or 14 inches?
Twitter tipster @Dylandkt, who provided reliable information on Apple’s upcoming products in the past, claims the next MacBook Air will come with a 1080p webcam. The new Pro model puts that in a screen notch, and it’s possible that’ll be true for the Air.
Another reason the device will be so slim is it won’t include cooling fans for the Apple M2 processor. But that’ll reduce its potential performance.
As a more consumer-oriented notebook than the Pro, it supposedly will come in a range of color options. The same as for the 24-inch iMac.
The upcoming MacBook (Air) will release in the middle of 2022. It will have MagSafe, a 1080p webcam, USB C ports, a 30W power adapter, and no fans. There will be color options similar to the iMac 24. The bezels and keyboard will be an off white with full sized function keys.
— Dylan (@dylandkt) October 21, 2021
The 2022 MacBook Air reportedly will go into production in time for a launch in late summer or early fall.