Forget the new MacBook Pro, Apple has something better

Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptops are among the most powerful portable macOS devices Tim Cook’s teams have released. Developers and creatives found the performance on offer to be welcome, but not everyone needs this level of power.

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

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

We now have another source confirming the MacBook Air launch date, with a new report from Digitimes highlighting increased supply chain demand indicating that a new MacBook Air is in the works for later this year. MacRumors Joe Rossignol reports:

“…hot sales of MacBook Pros released in late 2021 have continued through Q1 2022, with higher-than-expected shipment volumes, and the launch of the new MacBook Air expected in the second half of the year should provide further momentum in sales.”

Alongside the mac Mini and the poorly positioned entry-level MacBook Pro, the 2020 MacBook Air was Apple’s first mac hardware to ship with its ARM-based Apple Silicon chipset. This M1 chip operated more efficiently, at a cooler temperature and with more processing power, than the equivalent Intel chips.

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

Since then, Apple has improved the base M1 chip for the refreshed iMac, new Mac Studio, and newly designed premium MacBook Pro laptops. For all the benefits of the vanilla M1 chipset, it’s now decidedly long in the tooth as it approaches the two-year mark.

With a new MacBook Air comes the likelihood of a new chipset. While the jury is out on whether Apple wants to start the M2 family with the MacBook Air, or use one of the improved chipsets used to deliver more performance on the MacBook Air, but not so much that it overtakes the most expensive Macs on the market. wallet . Either way, performance for MacBook Air owners will increase by the end of the year.

There are other benefits to expect. As the first of the ARM-based Macs, many issues discovered in this architecture have been detected in the MacBook Air. This knowledge will have driven updates to newer Mac hardware. But anyone who buys the old hardware will have the bugs and systemic issues still present. Why make this choice when you can wait and pick up new hardware with a range of hardware and software fixes in place?

You’ll also get the MacBook’s new design language.

The 2020 MacBook Air retained the look and feel of Intel-based MacBooks as much as possible. It ensured continuity, with the launch of the high-end MacBook Pro laptops at the end of 2021, which debuted both a new look and a new feel, as well as some key hardware updates around screen and I/O ports in particular, the existing MacBook Air design is weak.

Finally there is fashion. This new design should also reflect the evolution of the iMac towards pastel colors. Along with the more angular design, this might be the biggest and most beloved change to Apple’s consumer laptops in 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 fix a series of small glitches and glitches in the package; better ports and hardware in the laptop body; and the elusive draw of more colors to create a fashionable and personalized experience. There are plenty of good reasons not to use the current tired MacBook Air and wait for the massive upgrade to come later this year.

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