No design changes were made to any of Apple’s popular computers when the M1 processor was released in late 2020. Since it was removed from an envelope in 2008, the MacBook Air has maintained the same basic look, but that will change with the M2.
The new MacBook Air, like the redesigned 24-inch iMac, will have a slimmer, lighter chassis and a brilliant color scheme. AppleInsider’s renders show off-white bezels, a notched display, and a white keyboard.
The tapered casing shape has long been an iconic feature of the MacBook Air, but its thinness was an optical illusion due to a convex slope that shelters its internal components. Apple can now squeeze everything into a casing that is only slightly wider than the Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
The metal chassis may take on the more rounded shape of the 14-inch MacBook Pro design, but it will be available in a variety of colors. Apple is expected to replicate the 24-inch iMac colors of blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange, and purple.
The interior will be slightly muted in color, with white keys set in a color-matched aluminum basin. The bezel around the display is believed to be off-white, with a notch for housing the camera.
Renowned leaker Jon Prosser has previously posted graphics based on dismantled part pictures provided to him. These renderings show a chassis without a tapered case, which could be to allow for internal components in the slimmer design.
Apple could include a mini-LED backlit display in the upcoming MacBook Air, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The 13.3-inch display would be the smallest and most cheap MacBook with the technology.
The M2 is reported to allow the MacBook Air to feature two Thunderbolt 4 ports as well as a MagSafe connector for charging due to better I/O. While it hasn’t been verified, we expect the laptop, unlike the 2020 model, to be able to drive several external monitors.
The M2 will perform better than the M1, but not the M1 Pro or M1 Max. It will almost certainly include other technologies, such as a media engine and a quicker Neural Engine.
For Center Stage, the webcam will be 1080p and may have an ultra-wide lens. This feature debuted on the iPad Pro and has yet to be added to any Mac devices.