Contrary to rumors, the upcoming M2 MacBook Air may not come in the same eye-catching colorways as the M1 iMac.
Instead, it will be available in the standard three colors as the current-gen MacBook Air, with a shade of blue being the only new addition to the lineup, according to the latest intel.
M2 MacBook Air’s gold colorway could have a champagne look
Various renders in recent weeks envisioned the M2 MacBook Air in bright new colors, and the machine does look enticing in them. It will be a real shame if Apple continues to offer the upcoming version of its entry-level laptop in the same boring color options.
But that could be the sad state of affairs, according to the latest dispiriting rumor. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman took to Twitter to say that reports of the M2 MacBook Air coming in several colors are “probably exaggerated.” The updated laptop will continue to come in the usual space gray, silver and gold colors, he said. (Apple might tweak the gold shade for a champagne look.)
Apple might add one new MacBook Air color to the lineup though: a shade of blue. The 24-inch M1 iMac comes in this color.
As for the M2 MacBook Air’s release date, in another tweet, Gurman said Apple “planned to launch at WWDC,” the company’s big developer conference that kicks off Monday with a keynote. Apple’s plan could change because of ongoing factory shutdowns in China due to COVID-19, though.
The lockdowns continue to severely disrupt Apple’s supply chain. If those slowdowns would cause a big gap between the MacBook Air unveiling and its release date, Cupertino could hold off on the announcement, Gurman predicted.
The new MacBook Air has been planned to launch at WWDC. I think the only way it doesn’t is if the China factory shutdowns created such a supply and release date gap that it wouldn’t make sense to announce it on Monday. https://t.co/Swb1xJ1wNS
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) June 4, 2022
Lockdown in China has affected Apple’s supply chain
This quarter, Apple already faces an $8 billion revenue loss due to China’s strict zero-COVID policy and factory shutdowns. The situation forced the company to diversify its supply chain and look at Southeast Asian countries for manufacturing iPhones and MacBooks. Apple reportedly managed to move production of some iPads from China to Vietnam.
New MacBook Air or not, WWDC22 will be jam-packed with loads of important announcements. We undoubtedly will get our first look at the next innovations coming to all Apple’s software platforms.
Check out our roundup of what to expect from macOS 13, iOS 16, watchOS 9 and iPadOS 16 at WWDC22 to get a fair idea of what’s in store at Apple’s developer event, which runs June 6 to 10.