Apple plans to announce a redesigned MacBook Air with a 13.3-inch Mini LED display in mid-2022, according to a new investor note from trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, seen by 9to5Mac and MacRumors. The prediction matches that of Kuoo previous reports, but offers a more specific time frame. It also suggests that the new Air will have a slightly smaller screen than the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros coming this year.
Mini LED is a relatively new display technology designed to provide some of the benefits of OLED, such as better contrast levels and improved dynamic range, without the risk of burn-in. It made its Apple debut on this year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Kuo previously mentioned half a dozen Apple devices planned to migrate to the new displays, including a 27-inch iMac Pro, 14.1-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, 10.2 iPad and 7.9- inch iPad Mini. Apple is able to include the more premium displays due to cost savings associated with using its own silicon, according to Kuo.
In addition to the new display technology, the upcoming MacBook Air will reportedly include MagSafe charging, a thinner and lighter design, and two USB 4 ports. Bloomberg Previously reported that the new Air will be powered by a “direct successor” to this year’s M1 processor. The new chip would have the same number of CPU cores, with higher speeds, and a larger number of GPU cores. The current M1 processor is available with seven or eight GPU cores, while the new model is said to have nine or ten.
The new MacBook Air is likely to follow the refreshed MacBook Pros, which will arrive in the third quarter of this year. The laptops will reportedly be available with 14 or 16-inch displays (Mini LED, according to Kuo) with a new, more square design. MagSafe charging, HDMI ports and SD card slots are also: said to be admitted. The much-derided OLED touch bar of the MacBook Pro can also finally be omitted on these models.