Apple’s “Peek Performance” was all about the new iPhone SE, iPad Air, and the new Mac Studio. But rumours before the launch wanted this event to also be about MacBooks. It was rumoured that Apple would launch the new MacBook Air with an M2 chip at the March 8 event, but that did not happen. Now, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that the launch of the MacBook Air will take place later this year, but it might not use an M2 chip.
Kuo’s prediction around the launch timeline and the design of the next-generation MacBook Air corroborate previous rumours, but one thing that does not fall in line is the MacBook Air’s hardware. According to the analyst, the MacBook Air of 2022 may not come with an M2 chip after all. Instead, the laptop would use an M1 chip, but it may not be the same as the one used on the current MacBook Air.
Several rumours have so far hinted that the MacBook Air for this year will use an M2 chip, which would use 8 CPU cores and 10 GPU cores. Kuo, however, said Apple is likely to update the current M1 chip for better performance and graphics, meaning the upcoming MacBook Air will be slightly better than the current one. The M2 chip, according to Kuo, is not likely to arrive this year.
The MacBook Air this year may also not come with a miniLED panel, according to Kuo. Apple currently uses the miniLED technology, which uses small LEDs in the backlight for higher contrast ratios and deeper blacks than regular LCD, on the MacBook Pro and the iPad Pro. If the MacBook Air is not going to come with the miniLED panel, then it is possible that Apple will use an LCD instead.