15-inch MacBook Air could be in development, at long last


15-inch MacBook Air could be in development, at long last
The MacBook Air line could expand with a model that sports a 15-inch display.
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A 15-inch MacBook Air is on Apple’s agenda for 2023, according to a reliable source. And the current 13-inch version could be replaced by a one with somewhat larger screen.

In addition, the same source says the display in the budget iPad is in for a size increase, too.

15-inch MacBook Air might launch in 2023

The report released Wednesday by Display Supply Chain Consultants promises “new display sizes next year for the iPad and MacBook Air,” according to Ross Young, CEO of the analyst firm.

That includes a version of the slim macOS laptop with a 15-inch screen. And the DSCC report also says this will join a second MacBook Air version with a screen that’s larger than the current 13.3-inch one, but less than 14 inches.

This is apparently a separate upgrade from the MacBook Air refresh with an all-new design expected later in 2022. The larger screen sizes allegedly won‘t be available before 2023.

If DSCC is correct, the largest MacBook Air would still be smaller than the biggest MacBook Pro, which tops out at 16 inches. There’ve been calls for a 16-inch Air, but that’s seemingly not happening. Still, a 15-inch MacBook Air is something people have been hoping for since at least 2011.

And a larger budget iPad

DSCC also leaked details for a popular tablet. The $320 version of the iPad includes a 10.2-inch display. The report from Young and his team says Apple intends to increase the display size. Exactly how much larger is unknown.

But the budget iPad is the last tablet in Apple’s lineup with a Home button. Removing that would certainly make room for a bigger screen.

Ross Young’s predictions about upcoming Apple products have so far been 93% accurate, according to AppleTrack. But he is a display expert so all his predictions are about Mac, iPad, etc. screens. He has no information on processors, cameras or other components.


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