There’s been on onslaught of Apple leaks out of enterprise publication Bloomberg over the previous week, and the latest goes into a bit extra element about an upcoming MacBook Air redesign.
Just like the others, the report cites nameless folks accustomed to Apple’s plans. It claims a newly redesigned MacBook Air (presumably with both Apple’s M1 chip for Macs or a successor to that chip) will “be launched through the second half of this yr on the earliest or in 2022.”
However buried on this MacBook Air report is maybe equally massive information for a sure set of Mac customers: it claims that Apple plans to reintroduce the SD card slot in new MacBook Professionals—a element that was omitted of a narrative on these computer systems earlier this week.
The current M1 MacBook Air will stay within the lineup, whereas this new MacBook Air shall be a “higher-end” various that shall be offered alongside it. Why is it higher-end, you would possibly ask? Nicely, Bloomberg’s sources declare that it is going to be even thinner and lighter than the mannequin that is out there now.
Additional, the footprint of the laptop computer shall be smaller as a result of the bezels shall be decreased, however the display will nonetheless measure 13 inches. This can be a completely different method than Apple has taken earlier than (and is anticipated to proceed to take) with its MacBook Professional line. In November of 2019, Apple launched a 16-inch MacBook Professional to interchange the prior 15-inch mannequin, however the footprint was the identical, whereas the display occupied a lot of the area that was beforehand bezel, bringing the show measurement up.
The report additionally says the brand new MacBook Air can have MagSafe—one thing that was acknowledged by the identical publication a couple of days in the past about upcoming MacBook Professional fashions. MagSafe was a key characteristic of Apple laptops of yore, however Apple progressively eliminated it from the product line over the previous few years earlier than reintroducing it within the iPhone 12 in 2020.
Within the Mac, MagSafe is an influence port and accompanying twine that flippantly, magnetically connect. The twine is simple to fit in, but when the twine is pulled on, it’s going to come out gently somewhat than tugging the laptop computer with it. The aim was to stop conditions the place an proprietor of the gadget would possibly journey on the twine and by accident yank the laptop computer off a desk or desk, damaging it.
Lastly, at present’s Bloomberg report says that Apple “thought of” making a MacBook Air with a 15-inch display, however that plan will not occur this technology in any case.
The reviews earlier this week claimed that Apple plans to introduce a brand new iPhone in 2021 with an in-screen fingerprint reader.
Additionally they said we must always count on a 14-inch MacBook Professional with a bigger, higher show to interchange the present 13-inch mannequin, in addition to quicker graphics and CPU efficiency. Additionally coming is a successor to the 16-inch MacBook Professional, which might even have a greater display and which might convey Apple’s personal silicon to that product.
Lastly, the leaks predicted that an iMac redesign is coming, with Apple Silicon and a brand new design, in addition to a less expensive various to Apple’s ProDisplay XDR monitor aimed toward customers.