15-inch MacBook Air could be unveiled at WWDC; Mac Studio follow-ups in the works

Aside from a 15-inch MacBook Air, other Mac laptops and desktops are reportedly in development, including updated Mac Studio and iMac models.

The left side view of Apple's MacBook Air laptop, shot at night
The MacBook Air could soon get a larger screen | Image: Adrian Regeci/Unsplash
  • Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman speculated that Apple might unveil a larger 15-inch MacBook Air at its upcoming five-day WWDC event in June.
  • The company is also working on other Mac computers, including a new high-end MacBook Pro, two new Mac Studio models and updated 24-inch iMacs.
  • However, the upcoming Mac laptops are expected to run Apple’s current M2 chips instead of the company’s next-generation M3 processors.

A larger MacBook Air is coming

The latest edition of Gurman’s Power On newsletter on Bloomberg mentions that some of the laptops that Apple’s been working on will be announced at the upcoming WWDC event, which runs from June 5-9.

A larger MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen could be one of the laptops to be unveiled at the show. The machine recently appeared in developer logs as Apple began testing it internally with the most popular apps from the App Store.

The MacBook Air is Apple’s most popular notebook, so adding a new screen size could increase its appeal. Hardware refreshes should also help with sales as Mac revenue recently contracted more than an estimated 40 percent in the last quarter.

Two new MacBook Pros

In addition to the new 15-inch model and the updated 13-incher, Gurman claims Apple is also working on two new MacBook Pros: an updated 13-incher and a new “high-end” model. He says those laptops will go on sale this year or early 2024.

Apple is reportedly also planning to refresh its 24-inch iMac all-in-one desktop (the current M1-based model dates back to April 2021). German believes that the Cupertino company is also planning Mac Studio follow-ups. Meanwhile, the wait for an Apple silicon edition of the Mac Pro workstation continues.

When will M3-based Macs arrive?

Apple's M2 MacBook Air laid flat on a wooden disk, with its lid open
The M2-based MacBook Air | Image: Taan Huyn/Unsplash

All upcoming models appear to be based on the current Apple M2 chip. “The logs show machines running chips with an eight-core CPU—split between four high-performance cores and four efficiency cores—and a 10-core graphics processor,” the newsletter reads.

It looks like Apple won’t release any M3-powered Macs until 2024.

At least some of the new laptops will be announced at WWDC, I’ve been told. But there’s a big caveat: The models coming in June probably won’t boast major new M3 chips. Instead, they’ll run something in line with the current M2 processors. The base M2 chip debuted in June 2022, and faster variants arrived subsequently.

Here are the Mac models based on the Apple M2 chips:

  • M2
    • MacBook Air (2022)
    • 13-inch MacBook Pro (2022)
    • 11-inch iPad Pro (6th generation, 2022)
    • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (6th generation) (2022)
    • Mac Mini (2023)
  • M2 Pro
    • 14-inch MacBook Pro (2023)
    • 16-inch MacBook Pro (2023)
    • Mac Mini (2023)
  • M2 Max
    • 14-inch MacBook Pro (2023)
    • 16-inch MacBook Pro (2023)

Gurman didn’t inch talk about the M2 chips he believes will power the 15-inch MacBook Air and other models. Therefore, we are still determining if the new Macs will use the same old M2 chips as the previous models or their updated versions.