MacBook Air 2021 rumors have already begun to emerge. That’s good news, because while we love the recent MacBook Air with M1, there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
At the moment, there isn’t much information on this year’s MacBook Air yet, but we have good authority that a major update is on the way. The new additions include the return of MagSafe charging, a feature not only available on the iPhone 12, but rumored to be coming to the 2021 MacBook Pro as well.
We’ve also heard that the new MacBook Air should be lighter with (hopefully) thinner display bezels. Here’s what we know so far about the 2021 MacBook Air.
MacBook Air 2021 release date
According to Apple insider Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, the newly redesigned MacBook Air will go on sale in the second half of 2021 or early 2022 at the latest. Gurman has a history of releasing in-depth information about Apple, much of which often turns out to be true.
As Apple added a new CPU to last year’s model, this year may be the perfect time to pair that new chip with an updated design. While we firmly believe that 2021 will be the year for a new MacBook Air design, the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic could hamper production plans.
MacBook Air 2021 price
The MacBook Air has always been the most affordable option when joining the Mac family. However, while the current Air will likely continue starting at $ 999, the redesigned model will find itself at a higher price level.
MacBook Air 2021 design
The reason you should hold out for the 2021 MacBook Air over the current MacBook Air with M1 is that it’s looking to be a significant design update.
Aside from MagSafe charging that would be reintroduced across the entire MacBook range, the Air 2021 will also be lighter. The current MacBook Air weighs 2.8lbs, while several Windows laptops weigh less, such as the 2.6lb Dell XPS 13.
The MacBook Air continues to feature a chunky bezel around the display, a jarring inclusion considering other high-end laptops are nearly bezel-less. But Bloomberg reports that Apple will shrink the Air by “narrowing the border around the screen.”
As for fans hoping for a 15-inch iteration of the 2021 MacBook Air, there’s bad news. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, a 15-inch model was being considered, but those plans were put on the back burner.
MacBook Air 2021 MagSafe charging
For longtime MacBook fans, MagSafe charging was seen as a defining feature, one that separated Apple from PCs. Unfortunately, Apple has removed MagSafe which follows fire safety issues and a switch to USB Type-C.
Apple is said to be bringing MagSafe back to its laptops and we firmly believe it will move to the redesigned 2021 MacBook Air. Users are likely to be able to charge with both MagSafe and USB Type-C, just like other laptops with charging plugs. proprietary.
MacBook Air 2021 specifications
Last year, Apple introduced its new M1 chip on the MacBook Air. Reviewers were amazed at the level of performance provided by Apple’s new ARM-based chip, especially for an ultrabook.
There are two potential outcomes for a 2021 MacBook Air: a slightly updated M1 chip or the alleged M1X.
Since the MacBook Air is a thin and light machine, there is less space inside for cooling and heat dissipation. For this reason, we believe the new Air will receive a slightly upgraded M1 chip over the M1X. At the moment, it is rumored that the M1X will arrive in this year’s MacBook Pro. Apple will likely want to reserve its most powerful laptop processor for the Pro line.
The 2021 MacBook Air will likely feature similar specs to the 2020 model. This includes 8GB of RAM, a 256 or 512GB SSD, a Retina display with True Tone, Magic Keyboard, Touch ID, and two USB 4.0 ports.
MacBook Air 2021: what we want to see
A sharper webcam: The MacBook Air currently features a 720p webcam, which isn’t very sharp. We would much prefer a full HD (1080p) webcam for sharper images.
More Colors: Right now Apple offers three colors for the MacBook Air in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray. Let’s say it’s time to shake things up. Perhaps Apple should be inspired by the iPad Air, available in silver, space gray, rose gold, green and blue.
More Doors: Even if we don’t see this change, it doesn’t hurt to want it. The MacBook Air packs two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports and a headphone jack. It would be nice to see a full-size USB-A port or even an SD card slot, although we hear the latter is coming to the new MacBook Pro 2021.
Thinner Bezels: Apple finally woke up to thinner bezels with the 16-inch MacBook Pro, but it hasn’t updated the Air’s design since. Let’s say trim those edges so you can get the same screen space in a smaller chassis.
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