There has been an onslaught of Apple leaks from the Bloomberg business publication for the past week, and the latest goes into a bit more detail about an upcoming MacBook Air redesign.
Like the others, the report cites anonymous people familiar with Apple’s plans. It claims that a newly designed MacBook Air (presumably with Apple’s M1 chip for Macs or a successor to that chip) “will be released in the second half of this year or in 2022 at the earliest.”
But buried in this MacBook Air report might be just as big news for a certain group of Mac users: It claims that Apple plans to reintroduce the SD card slot in new MacBook Pros — a detail revealed in a statement earlier this year. story about those computers was omitted this week.
The current M1 MacBook Air will remain in the lineup, while this new MacBook Air will be a “higher-end” alternative that will be sold alongside. Why is it more expensive, you may ask? Well, Bloomberg sources claim it will be even thinner and lighter than the model available now.
Furthermore, the footprint of the laptop will be smaller as the bezels will be reduced, but the screen will still measure 13 inches. This is a different approach than Apple has taken before (and is expected to continue to follow) with its MacBook Pro line. In November 2019, Apple launched a 16-inch MacBook Pro to replace the earlier 15-inch model, but the footprint was the same, while the screen took up much of the space that was previously a bezel, making the display got bigger.
The report also says the new MacBook Air will have MagSafe — something that was mentioned in the same publication a few days ago about upcoming MacBook Pro models. MagSafe was a key feature of Apple laptops of yesteryear, but Apple has gradually removed it from the product line in recent years before reintroducing it in the iPhone 12 in 2020.
In the Mac, MagSafe is a power port and associated cord that attaches slightly magnetically. The cord is easy to plug in, but if the cord is pulled it will gently pop out rather than pulling the laptop with it. The goal was to avoid situations where an owner of the device could trip over the cord and accidentally yank the laptop off a desk or table, damaging it.
Finally, today’s Bloomberg report says that Apple “considered” making a MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen, but that plan isn’t going to happen this generation anyway.
The reports earlier this week claimed that Apple plans to introduce a new iPhone with an in-screen fingerprint reader in 2021.
They also said we should expect a 14-inch MacBook Pro with a bigger, better display to replace the current 13-inch model, as well as faster graphics and CPU performance. There will also be a successor to the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which would also have a better screen and which would bring Apple’s own silicon to that product.
Finally, the leaks predicted a redesign of the iMac, featuring Apple Silicon and a new design, as well as a cheaper alternative to Apple’s ProDisplay XDR consumer monitor.