This might be some really interesting news to have as it’s being reported that Apple is working on bringing on its next-gen MacBook Air which will be powered by the Apple Silicon later on this year which was confirmed by a report on Bloomberg.
Apple Inc. is working on a thinner and lighter version of the MacBook Air, the company’s mass-market laptop, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The new computer is planned to be released during the second half of this year at the earliest or in 2022. It will include Apple’s MagSafe charging technology and a next-generation version of the company’s in-house Mac processors. Apple has discussed making the laptop smaller by shrinking the border around the screen, which will remain 13-inches. The current model weighs 2.8 pounds and is just over half an inch at its thickest point.
According to the report, we’re expecting a thinner and lighter MacBook Air as early as the second half of the year 2021 and it will feature the MagSafe which will ultimately replace the USB-C port and will be powered by the Apple Silicon processor’s second generation.
Another interesting thing is the fact that the bezels could get even much smaller while the display remains 13-inch even though some earlier report has it that the display could be increased to 14-inch.
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According to the Bloomberg report, the new model will be the higher-end version of the current model of the MacBook Air instead of being a replacement of it which will be a good move since the current model is still quite new in the market.
More big news, Gurman says Apple plans to bring back the SD slot to the MacBook Pro this year:
The upcoming MacBook Pro is an example of Apple’s renewed focus on Mac loyalists. The company is planning to bring back an SD card slot for the next MacBook Pros so users can insert memory cards from digital cameras. That feature was removed in 2016, to the consternation of professional photographers and video creators, key segments of the MacBook Pro user base. The heavily criticized Touch Bar, the current model’s touchscreen function row, is also going.
Looking further ahead, Gurman says Apple is looking at cellular connectivity for Mac, as well as Face ID. The latter was originally planned for this year’s iMac redesign, however, neither feature “appears to be coming soon.” The news reflects reports last week about big new changes to the Mac. From that report:
First up, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed several key new details about the expected devices. In a note seen by iMore, Kuo reiterated that Apple will release a new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro in Q3 of 2021. They will feature a new chassis design with a flat, right-angled top and bottom cover akin to that of the iPhone 12, rather than the slight curve of previous models. Kuo says that MagSafe charging will return, but the Touch Bar is out in favor of a row of physical buttons. Kuo says there will be no Intel option for the new Macs, and that they’ll be equipped with more types of port so that users “may not need adapters.” Kuo says the new MacBooks will boost MacBook shipments by 25-30% in 2021 to some 20 million units, with the MBP accounting for 60-70% of total shipments. Kuo also says the new MacBook Pro models will adopt a heat dissipation style similar to the current 16-inch MBP for improved cooling.
Gurman also says that Apple has big plans across the board for its Macs in future:
The Mac is Apple’s oldest product line and has a loyal following. A few years ago, the company was criticized for not updating these computers enough and not paying attention to customer demands. Now, there’s a flood of updates coming. In addition to the new MacBook Air, Apple is planning its biggest update to the MacBook Pro since 2016, the first redesign of the iMac in nearly a decade, a new Intel-based Mac Pro, and a half-sized Mac Pro desktop with in-house chips.