(Pocket-lint) – Apple is poised to debut a thinner version of the MacBook Air, more like the older pre-2017 MacBook. The change was undoubtedly enabled by Apple’s switch to its own processors, which means the MacBook Air is now fanless.
When the revised Apple M1 model came out in November, we expressed surprise that Apple hadn’t been more radical with its design choices, but now it looks like things are going in that direction.
It also appears that the new design has MagSafe magnetic charging similar to the iPhone 12 but just like with the iPhone you can also recharge with a cable the traditional way via USB-C.
The news comes courtesy of Apple key watcher Mark Gurman writing in Bloomberg who spoke with sources familiar with the project. The source also appears to confirm that the bezel around the screen will shrink, which we criticized in our recent review of the MacBook Air M1.
Interestingly, the source also says a 15-inch MacBook Air was on the cards at one point even though this isn’t happening at the moment (we think it should!).
Earlier this week we covered a similar rumor about MagSafe coming to MacBook Pro and that adds further weight to that. Gurman also says the new Pro will bring back an SD card slot which would be a big surprise. The new models will also say goodbye to the much maligned and underused Touch Bar.
As we have predicted numerous times before, Gurman claims the Mac will support cellular (presumably 5G) in the future as well as Face ID, but this is unlikely to happen in the first iteration of the redesigns.
In addition to the MacBook Air and Pro updates, we also expect the launch of a new iMac this year, again with a redesign with thinner bezels, as well as an Intel-based MacPro and an Apple Silicon-based MacPro.
Written by Dan Grabham.
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