Updated: Aug 20
A leak about the upcoming MacBook Air suggests that the laptop might not only sport a new design, but also a new chip when it releases.
A rendering of a blue MacBook Air Credit: Jon Prosser
Leaker Jon Prosser revealed in a YouTube video that the next iteration of Apple’s MacBook Air could feature colours similar to what Apple used for the new iMacs. A source familiar with the product managed to show Prosser a picture of a blue MacBook Air. Prosser then showed this picture to a “3D render artist of sorts” to produce a render similar to the blue MacBook Air’s photo.
According to the leak, the MacBook Air’s new design will feature a thinner profile, a white bezel and two USB Type-C ports. The MacBook Air’s keyboard sports a white colour and full-sized function keys. Prosser added that the size of the MacBook Air’s function keys forced the entire keyboard down, reducing the trackpad’s size.
The leaked MacBook Air seems like it will no longer be tapered like its predecessors. Prosser mentioned that Apple made the current MacBook Air so thin that the next MacBook Air would be “literally too thin” as the current thickness barely accommodates the USB Type-C ports.
A render of a purple-coloured MacBook Air. Take note of the device’s thinness Credit: Jon Prosser
The thinner profile MacBook Air could be due to the device coming with a new all-in-one chip. Prosser’s previous video showed another render of the MacBook Air with the words “Supercharged by the Apple M1X Chip” added. This could mean that a successor to Apple’s successful M1 chip might come with the new MacBook Air. Whether Apple will name the successor chip M1X or M2 is still up for debate.
Prosser and his sources were unable to guarantee the presence of a MagSafe port on the MacBook Air, and as such, a MagSafe port was not added to the device’s final render. However, Prosser did say that the possibility of a MagSafe port still exists.
The MacBook Air’s render also showed that the device now has two long strips of an unknown material instead of the typical four rubber feet Apple adds to their MacBook Airs.
Prosser stressed in his video that the MacBook Air’s render could be very different from its final design, and as such, we advise our readers to take everything with a pinch of salt.
Written by John Paul Joaquin