New MacBook Air design with M2 processor is coming soon

The idea that Apple neglected the Mac has been completely demolished in recent years. Not only have we seen Apple shock the industry with its M1 line of processors, but we’ve also seen Apple introduce compelling new designs across the entire Mac lineup. From the new MacBook Pro and iMac to the recently unveiled Mac Studio, Apple’s Mac lineup is more exciting today than it’s ever been. And with Apple’s M2 on the horizon, things are about to get even more interesting.

Looking ahead, Apple is rumored to introduce an M2 processor later this year. The timeline tends to make sense given that Apple originally introduced its M1 processor in November 2020. And now that most of Apple’s Mac lineup has some sort of M1 variant, the stage is set for the M2 Apple makes its debut.

When will the Apple M2 be released?

According to a recent report by 9to5Macthe new M2 processor will arrive in late 2022. Specifically, the M2 will ship first with an updated 2022 MacBook Air and with a revamped 13-inch MacBook Pro.

“The M2 chip (internally known as ‘Staten’),” the report notes, “is based on the A15 chip. Although it has an eight-core CPU, just like the M1, the M2 will bring a more powerful 10-core GPU.

Apple’s M1-powered MacBook Air as seen at the “One More Thing” press conference. Image source: Apple Inc.

This specific roadmap adds up given that the MacBook Air M1 is almost two years old at this point. Also, given that the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are still relatively new, it makes sense that Apple would release a budget 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M2 processor later this year.

Now, before you get too excited, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently tweeted that Apple’s 2022 MacBook Air will still feature an M1 processor. Kuo has a stellar, but not flawless, track record when it comes to Apple rumors, so it’ll be interesting to see how that pans out.

Apple’s all-new MacBook Air

Aside from Apple’s M2 processor, we can expect to see an all-new MacBook Air design this year. While I think the current design is great, Apple thinks it’s time for a change.

According to credible reports, the 2022 MacBook Air may do away with the wedge design altogether. The new design may be thinner overall and may also include MagSafe. Additionally, the new MacBook Air may feature a notch design similar to brand new MacBook Pro models. And finally, the next MacBook Air could come in a variety of different and new colors.

Kuo expects mass production of Apple’s next MacBook Air to begin as early as April or until September. If history is any indication, Apple will likely unveil its new MacBook Air lineup at a special Mac-themed event in October or November.

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