Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has many times proven to have precise insight into what Apple is doing. He has repeatedly mentioned that Apple has plans for an upscale high-end MacBook Air. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and the handsome Jon Prosser have also referred to a high-end version of the MacBook Air.
High-end MacBook Air
According to Mark Gurman, the high-end version of the MacBook Air will come with two USB-C ports and a more powerful chip, probably a successor to Apple’s M1 chip with the same number of cores, but it will run faster. An increase in graphics cores is also expected from seven or eight to nine or ten.
This MacBook Air edition will be above the current MacBook Air models with the M1 chip, but below the MacBook Pro. Prosser recently released leaked photos that are said to depict the next generation AirBook.
According to Prosser, the upscale MacBook Air will come in a range of colors, much like the 24-inch iMac, and it will have larger function keys, but a smaller trackpad.
The wedge shape is abandoned
The biggest design change from today’s MacBook Air seems to be that Apple is moving away from the increasingly iconic wedge shape. In return, it will be significantly thinner.
Other features that are rumored to be included are a mini-LED screen and MagSafe charging port.
Second half of 2021 – or next year
Gurman believes that the high-end MacBook Air can be launched in the second half of 2021 or early 2022 at the earliest. The same time frame is also suggested by Prosser.