2022 MacBook Air release date, price, specs and more

With the recent release of Apple’s M1 chip, the company launched a pair of laptops with unparalleled power. With the 13-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple proves that its new technology can contribute to excellent performance and battery life.

Apple isn’t done, however, as we know of the company’s potential plans for the next-generation MacBook Air. Here’s everything you need to know, including details about its release date, specs, rumors, and more.

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MacBook Air 2022 release date

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will launch the new MacBook Air in mid-2022 with a mini-LED display and a new design.

A Bloomberg Article claimed that the new MacBook Air would launch in the second half of 2021 or sometime in 2022. Since it’s 2022, the first half of that prediction turned out to be wrong, but it’s still likely we’ll see it This year. Bloomberg’s information comes from “people with knowledge of the matter”, and given that the report was compiled by reputable Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, there’s a good chance it’s true.

The current generation of the 13-inch MacBook Air launched on November 17, 2020, so the next generation to come sometime at the end of the year definitely made sense. However, this turned out to be wrong.

The September Apple event showcased the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, iPad Mini and more. Unfortunately, there was no mention of the 2022 Macbook Air. Apple even held its “Unleashed” event on October 18, and again there was no mention of the new Macbook Air.

However, Twitter user @dylandkt suggests the new Macbook Air will be launched in the middle of 2022.

MacBook Air 2022 price

Considering the current-gen 13-inch MacBook Air starts at around $999 ($899 for education) and can go all the way up to $2,649, it’s safe to assume the 2022 MacBook Air will have a similar price range. . However, we won’t know for sure until later in the year.

MacBook Air 2022 design

Reports have surfaced that the next-gen MacBook Air will get smaller “by shrinking the bezel around the screen”, although the screen itself will remain 13 inches. It’s an exciting change, as the current MacBook Air has large outdated bezels at the top and bottom of the screen. Gurman also clarified in a Twitter post that the redesign will be both thinner and lighter. The current model weighs 2.8 pounds, so it drops in weight to eventually match the 2.6 pounds Dell XPS 13 is good news.

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We also expect the 2022 model to have two USB 4 ports instead of Thunderbolt 4 for external connections. The existence of a single headphone jack will likely return, although we really hope Apple can put more ports on the MacBook Air. We also know that MagSafe charging is returning for the first time in a few years.

Apple also temporarily considered making a 15-inch MacBook Air, but ultimately decided against it, according to Gurman. However, that could still mean we’re seeing a 15-inch MacBook Air in late 2022 or early 2023.

Ian Zelbo created a fan-made concept of what the 2022 MacBook Air could look like, taking inspiration from Apple’s 2021 iMac.

Concept made by fans of the MacBook Air 2022

(Image credit: Ian Zelbo)

This new design features a soft pastel blue finish, which makes the white keyboard look like clouds floating in the sky. The speaker placement and ports are true to what Apple built with the previous MacBook Air model, which makes Zelbo’s rendering plausible.

MacBook Air 2022 MagSafe

We also have good reason to believe that the 2022 MacBook Air will launch with MagSafe. MagSafe is a magnetic charging system that can easily and securely connect to the laptop, but if pulled, it will come out smoothly without dropping everything. This is a feature last used in 2018.

MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

(Image credit: Laptop Mag)

If it does return, MagSafe will likely be better, especially since Apple’s M1 chips have already done a lot to improve battery life. We also anticipate that users might have the choice between USB Type-C and MagSafe charging.

MacBook Air 2022 specs

Similar to the latest iteration of MacBook laptops, the 2022 MacBook Air will feature a variant or improved version of Apple’s M1 chip. When we reviewed the 13-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, we found that Apple’s M1 chip contributed greatly to its excellent performance and battery life. If the M1 chip continues to improve with new iterations, we expect the next generation of MacBooks to do great things.

Apple M1

(Image credit: Apple)

There are rumors that a more powerful chip called the M1X is in preparation, but it should be reserved for 14 inches and 16 inches Macbook Pro. Otherwise, we can expect the MacBook Air 2022 to have similar specifications to its predecessor with 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB or 512 GB of SSD, a Retina display with TrueTone, Touch ID and a magic keyboard.

MacBook Air 2022 what we want

When we reviewed the current generation 13-inch MacBook Air, we had issues with the lack of an updated design and the existence of a few ports. Apple is apparently already redesigning the MacBook Air to make it thinner and lighter. The current design is one we’ve known for years, so hopefully Apple can show off something really shiny.

MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

(Image credit: Laptop Mag)

The current MacBook Air only has two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a single headphone jack. We know the new MacBook Air will have two USB 4.0 ports (and we hope there will be one on each side this time), but we don’t know what to expect beyond that. Hopefully we can see a more varied collection of ports coming to the MacBook Air, including a USB Type-A for legacy peripherals.

We also hope to see improvements to the webcam. The current-generation MacBook Air has a better webcam than most others found on laptops, but images are still a little blurry. Perhaps fitting a 1080p webcam would fix that, as colors and brightness are already great on the current model.

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