If the rumor mill is to be believed, Apple is gearing up for some major hardware redesigns for its MacBook lineup. We’ve been hearing about a redesigned MacBook Pro for quite some time, and a new MacBook Air is said to be on the way, too. And today, a legendary analyst is fanning the flames.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back at it again with a new research note, which MacRumors got their eyes on. The researcher says that Apple plans to launch a brand new, redesigned MacBook Air sometime in mid-2022. The new laptop will reportedly feature an “all-new design.” The research note says that it will have an overall form factor that’s similar to the new MacBook Pro expected to launch before the end of 2021.
If that is indeed the case, then the new MacBook Air will also feature a flatter top and bottom, moving away from the overall wedge shape.
To help get there, Apple will be introducing a mini-LED display to the MacBook Air next year. That’s the same display technology Apple welcomed into the iPad Pro lineup with the 12.9-inch model earlier this year. It garnered plenty of rave reviews for its clarity, black levels, colors, and more. So it will more than likely be a welcomed addition to the MacBook Air lineup when/if it arrives.
In addition to the new display and overall hardware redesign, Apple will also reportedly be adding some new color options to the MacBook Air lineup as well. No specifics yet, but there have been rumors that the new colors will be pastel, similar to what the new iMac lineup offers.
The most interesting part of all this, though, is pricing. Or the potential for pricing, that tis. Kuo does not know if Apple will stop production of the current M1-equipped MacBook Air, which does not have a mini-LED display, which means Apple could keep the device in the rotation (at least for a short time). This could impact the pricing for the new, redesigned MacBook Air when it arrives — making it a bit pricier than some might expect.
However, if Apple does end production of the current MacBook Air line, then the new MacBook Air with its redesign could start at $999. That would probably help the all-new laptop fly off the shelves.
Will you be in the market for a new MacBook Air in 2022?