Forget the new MacBook Pro, Apple has something better

Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptops are some of the most powerful macOS portable devices released by Tim Cook’s teams. Developers and creatives have found that the performance offered is welcome, but that level of power is not necessary for everyone.

Those looking for a little more than the M1-powered MacBook Air may not be comfortable with the eye-catching prices of 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro is full of compromises. So if the answer is not MacBook Pro, then what is?

It’s actually the MacBook Air. Specifically, it’s the MacBook Air that Apple is expected to launch later this year.

Now we have another source that supports the MacBook Air launch date, with a new report from Digitimes highlighting the increased demand placed on the supply chain and pointing out that a new MacBook Air is being prepared later in the year. MacRumor’s Joe Rossignol reports:

“… the hot sales of the MacBook Pro, released in late 2021, have lingered into the first quarter of 2022, with shipping volumes higher than expected, and the new MacBook Air launching in the second half of the year, is expected to add further sales momentum. “

Next to the mac Mini and the awkwardly placed entry-level MacBook Pro, the 2020 MacBook Air was the first of Apple’s mac hardware to come with its ARM-based Apple Silicon chipset. This M1 chip ran more efficiently, at a cooler temperature and with more processing power than the corresponding Intel chips.

It unlocked the potential of the MacBook Air, and for many, the recently updated ultraportable was more than enough MacBook for what they needed a laptop to do.

Since then, Apple has upgraded the base M1 chip to the updated iMac, the new Mac Studio, and the redesigned premium MacBook Pro laptops. For all the benefits the vanilla M1 chipset has, it is now decidedly far in the tooth as the two-year mark approaches.

With a new MacBook Air comes the likelihood of a new chipset. While the jury is out whether Apple will launch the M2 family with the MacBook Air, or use one of the upgraded chipsets that are needed to offer more performance on the MacBook Air, but not so much that it overtakes the more expensive Macs in the portfolio . Either way, there will be a jump in performance for MacBook Air owners by the end of the year.

There are other benefits to waiting. As the first of the ARM-based Macs, many of the issues discovered in this architecture were found in the MacBook Air. That knowledge will have driven the updates in newer Mac hardware. But anyone who buys the older hardware will still have the systemic errors and problems lying around. Why make that choice when you can wait and download the new hardware with a series of hardware and software fixes in place?

You’ll also get the new design language on your MacBook.

The 2020 MacBook Air retains as much of the look and feel of the Intel-based MacBooks as possible. It provided continuity, with the launch of the advanced MacBook Pro laptops in late 2021, debuting both a new look and feel, as well as some important hardware updates around the screen and especially the I / O ports, it is existing MacBook Air design. weak.

Finally, there is fashion. The new design is also expected to reflect the iMac’s movement towards pastel colors. In addition to the more angular design, this may be the biggest and most welcome change to Apple’s laptops for consumers for years.

Compared to the rest of Apple’s portfolio, the MacBook Air looks tired and ready to be replaced. Fortunately, it will be soon. Apple will solve a number of small issues and bumps in the package; better ports and hardware in the body of the laptop; and the intangible pull of multiple colors to create a fashionable and personal experience. There are many good reasons to put up with the current tired MacBook Air and wait for the massive upgrade that comes later this year.

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