Don’t expect mini-LED MacBook Air before fall 2022

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2020 MacBook Air
The 2020 MacBook Air is expected to be replaced with a considerable upgrade. But it’ll be a while.
Photo: Apple

A MacBook Air with 13.3-inch mini-LED display is reportedly a bit farther away that previously thought. An analyst predicts it will go into production in time for a fall 2022 release, not a summer one.

But they’ll be new macOS laptops long before then. Apple is widely expected to launch a pair of redesigned MacBook Pro models with mini-LED and an updated M-series processor possibly as soon as October 2021.

New M1 MacBook Air hits all-new low after $149 discount

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MacBook Air M1 2020
Get yours before the discount disappears.
Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Apple’s awesome new MacBook Air with M1 chip is now more affordable than ever before, with up to $149.01 — the biggest discount yet — off the usual price on Amazon. Order yours today for as little as $849.99.

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‘Old-school cool’ Mac rig rocks Cinema Display, HK SoundSticks [Setups]

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The Apple Cinema Display is nice, but the Harmon Kardon Soundsticks really grab the eye.
The Apple Cinema Display is nice, but the Harmon Kardon SoundSticks really grab the eye.
Photo: DoomNukem1993@Reddit.com

Sometimes on a Friday — or really any day of the week — we like to go back in time with an old-school cool Mac computer setup. That is, when we can find something on the retro side to feature. Luckily, today we found one.

Lawyers prepare class-action lawsuit over M1 MacBook screen cracks

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M1 MacBook screen cracks lead to lawsuit. Look out, Cupertino.
Look out, Cupertino.
Photo: Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr CC

Apple could soon be on the receiving end of another class-action lawsuit, with lawyers currently investigating the company over reports that its new M1 MacBook models are vulnerable to screen cracks during normal usage.

A growing number of users complain in online forums that their MacBook displays suffered what the attorneys call “dramatic cracks,” despite not being mishandled. Many say they spent upward of $600 on repairs.

iMac-based gaming rig shows off RGB lighting [Setups]

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Three computers and three (large) displays are the core of the setup.
Three computers and three (large) displays are the core of the setup.
Photo: MalTheNotSoGentleman@Reddit.com

Redditor MalTheNotSoGentleman said he posted a photo and description of his iMac-based computer setup with three computers and three displays because of a paucity of RGB-lit Mac setups on Reddit. So now there’s at least one more. And it comes pretty loaded.

Think Apple Silicon is exciting now? Just wait and see what’s to come

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Amazing Mac Pro concept shrinks the casing but keeps the cheese grater
A smaller, more powerful Mac Pro is expected in 2022.
Concept: Róbert Hallon.svetapple.sk

Apple just reported a hugely successful quarter for the Mac — one of its best ever — and it looks like it’s only going to get better. A new report detailing the company’s Apple Silicon roadmap says the best is yet to come.

In addition to new MacBook Pro models powered by faster Apple Silicon chips, which are still on track for this year, Apple is expected to roll out a high-end Mac mini before the year is out. Then, in 2022, we could see a “revamped, smaller Mac Pro” featuring custom Apple chips — and more.

New Air Travel Backpack lets you strap on a tech-heavy carry-on

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Strap on this carry-on with all your tech for your next flight.
Strap on this carry-on with all your tech for your next flight.
Photo: WaterField Designs

Although you never know when Covid-19 lockdowns may keep you on the ground, WaterField Designs’ new Air Travel Backpack may make you want to take flight asap. Use it to pack up a couple of laptops, cables and accessories — and maybe a change of clothes or two — and go.

Mini-LED MacBook Air likely to arrive in mid-2022

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MacBook Air M1 2020
Expect a fancy screen upgrade for the MacBook Air.
Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Apple’s new MacBook Air with 13.3-inch Mini-LED display will debut in mid-2022, says respected TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a new note to clients, seen by Cult of Mac.

Kuo had previously said that a MacBook Air with Mini-LED screen would arrive sometime next year. However, he had not narrowed this down to a particular time of the year. Kuo is one of the more accurate (although not infallible) Apple analysts/reporters. According to AppleTrack, he has an accuracy rating of 76.6%.