A New MacBook Air is Almost Here

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A New MacBook Air is Almost Here

All the details of the redesigned 14-inch MacBook Air

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Rendering of what the new MacBook Air 14-inch could look like

Earlier in November, we saw the release of the new Apple Silicon chip - the M1. This summer Apple announced that there will be a two year transition period of moving all of the Mac lineups over to Apple Silicon. This includes all the iMacs, MacBooks, the Mac Mini, Mac Pro and a rumored 14-inch MacBook Air.

To be clear, it is most likely that Apple will keep the same specs and options we got on the M1 13-inch MacBook Air inside the new 14-inch MacBook Air. Apple loves to do this when they transition from an old design to a newer one.

It’s highly unlikely this MacBook will get better specs than the 13-inch.

Before you think this is disappointing news, you have to remember the M1 chipset is one of the best-integrated chips available today. It has an all in one package 8 core processor, 8 core GPU, dedicated RAM and a neural engine. All of this is based on the architecture that is currently available in the iPhone 12 and the iPad Pro. This means that on your 14-inch MacBook air, you’ll have the ability to run iOS and iPadOS apps natively on your computer.

The benchmarks for this chipset are even faster than the top, most expensive option i9 processor 16-inch MacBook Pro with 64GB of RAM.

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The design is looking to be similar to the current 16-inch MacBook Pro, meaning smaller bezels all around the edges of the screen. It’s expected the design will have much more of a slate look, but still obtaining that classic wedge on the side of the device.

Apple’s plan is to create a model that will fall in line with the new iPad Pro’s, the iPad Air, and the new squared-off iPhone 12.

It is likely we’ll see slightly larger battery life, over the already impressive 18 hours we get in the 13-inch MacBook Air. We can expect about 20 hours of battery usage with the M1 chipset.

Other changes include a slight increase in the touchpad size and a far higher definition webcam.

For the release date, we’re looking towards the second half of 2021, around September or October time. In the first half of 2021, we’ll see updates to the iPad Pro and iPad Mini, and towards the end, some bigger updates to the MacBooks.

We can expect a slight increase in the price tag, as we do have a brand new design. Twitter leakers believe there will be an around $100 price increase, though none of this is confirmed. This means the baseline model (8GB RAM, 256GB of SSD storage) would start in at $1099.

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