Apple tipsters can’t agree on 15-inch MacBook Air release window


15-inch MacBook Air rumor
A 15-inch MacBook Air has been the topic of many leaks.
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Multiple sources concur that the first ever 15-inch MacBook Air will launch in the coming months. What they don’t agree on is exactly what month that will be.

One very reliable source says the largest MacBook Air ever will be out in April, but an equally reliable one says it might not debut until summer.

15-inch MacBook Air will launch… soon

The hallmark of the MacBook Air series has always been a super-slim design. To achieve that, Apple has kept the screen size down. But that’s supposedly about to change with the largest version yet. Considering how svelte the 16-inch MacBook Pro is, there’s no reason to expect a 15-inch Air with fewer ports than the Pro to be a behemoth.

Over the last year, every major source of insider Apple information says a larger Air is on the way. Getting even more specific, Ross Young with Display Supply Chain Consultants recently predicted an early April launch, and said the laptop is already in production. He repeated that prediction on Monday.

Young was asked because Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said on Sunday that the 15-inch MacBook Air will be one of three macOS models that Apple introduces “between late spring and summer.”

April simply isn’t late spring, so there’s no agreement between these two. That is somewhat usual: both have build solid reputations for being reliable sources of insider Apple information. But, at the very least, it seems an extra-large MacBook Air will be out between April and August.

What else we know about Apple’s next notebook

Apple introduced a significantly redesigned MacBook Air in summer 2022. It has 13.6-inch screen, but still maintains a very sleek design that’s 11.3 millimeters thick — under half an inch — and a weight under 2.7 pounds. The upcoming version is expected to use the same general design as the 2022 model, but enlarged to fit in a 15.5-inch display.

There’s has been no definite word about the processor. If the larger MacBook Air launches in April, it will almost certainly be built around an Apple A2 chip like the current model. If it doesn’t come out until summer, it’ll quite probably sport the upcoming M3 processor.

None of the insider sources have been able to reveal the price for the first 15-inch MacBook Air.


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