Apple Said to Reintroduce MagSafe in Next MacBook Air Design
When the late Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs debuted the MacBook Air on stage in 2008 by pulling it out of a Manila envelope, the laptop immediately set the gold standard for thin and light laptops. Now, roughly 12 years after the notebook was first unveiled, the MacBook Air is set to undergo a major design overhaul that makes it both thinner and lighter than the current Air.
Apple last updated the MacBook Air with the company’s proprietary silicon in late 2020 to move away from Intel processors. However, this model used largely the same design as its predecessor. Now we’re hearing reports that the next MacBook Air will have a redesigned design that reduces weight and thickness. It’s unclear how much weight Apple is looking to lose or how much thinner the MacBook Air could be as part of this new makeover.
Bloomberg reported that the new MacBook Air will be a premium model to be offered alongside the current Air, rather than a direct successor to replace the Air. As a result, the current MacBook Air is likely to occupy a more affordable entry-level position in Apple’s range of notebooks.
Less, but with more
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And while Apple may be using the same 13-inch screen size as the MacBook Air, it has been reported that the company is attempting to shrink the bezels around the display to reduce the overall size of the notebook. The move is no different from what PC makers have been doing for a while. For example, the Dell XPS 13 has almost invisible bezels that allow the laptop to take up less space on a desk or in a bag.
In the past, Apple has been rumored to be considering a 15-inch version of the MacBook Air, but according to Bloomberg’s sources, the company has decided against that configuration.
Although the new Air has lost some of the weight and weight of the current model, it will feature a number of significant improvements, if recent rumors are to be believed. In addition to switching to a new mini-LED display technology, Apple should also work on reintroducing the popular MagSafe technology in some form back into its lightweight notebook.
The chatter about MagSafe’s triumphant return comes via Bloomberg, which contributed to an earlier prediction by trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who previously speculated that MagSafe will come to the Pro models of Apple’s laptops. Most recently, MagSafe appeared on Apple’s iPhone 12 series to expand Apple’s ecosystem of cases and accessories for its smartphone.
The entire setup is powered by Apple’s next-generation silicon, likely to be referred to as the M2 processor. Apple’s M1 processor on the current MacBook Air has been praised for its strong performance and long battery life. It’s unclear how much performance the new chip will bring, or how much more battery life users can expect from a more efficient processor coupled with a thinner design.
Previously it was rumored that Apple is also working on 14- and 16-inch versions of its MacBook Pro for a new update that could reintroduce the coveted SD card reader. It is also rumored that Apple could get rid of the Touch Bar as part of the MacBook Pro redesign. Apple is also considering 5G network connectivity for a future MacBook Pro model, but it is unclear whether a cellular-enabled model will be released this year.
In addition to the redesigns of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, Apple is also said to be working on new designs for its iMac and Mac Pro desktops.