What to expect if Apple introduces a new MacBook Air at WWDC next week

With the possibility that Apple will reveal mixed reality glasses at WWDC 2022 Certainly less likely As the developer conference date approaches, rumors about Apple’s new MacBook Air have surfaced once again. Here’s everything we can expect to see if Apple chooses to announce a new version of its thinnest laptop next week.

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redesigned body

The design of the current MacBook Air has been synonymous with the company’s thinnest laptop since October 2010. The current tapered design goes from thicker in the back to thinner in the front.

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Tapered design for the current MacBook Air

By contrast, the new MacBook Air is expected to look a lot more like a slim version of the MacBook Pro, with rounded edges on the bottom and square edges on the top. Rumors have also indicated that the new MacBook Air is thinner and lighter, with slimmer bezels around the screen than the current model.

White edges and keyboard

The ‌MacBook Air‌ is rumored to be modeled after the 24-inch iMac, with white trim around the display and an off-white keyboard. Since Apple has adopted full-size function keys in its latest MacBook Pro models, Apple may also give this look to the MacBook Air.

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Apple has also adopted an all-black keyboard for the MacBook Pro keyboard, so expect an all-white variation for the MacBook Air‌.

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Last year’s MacBook Pro surprised us all with a camera notch, and all rumors are that the ‌ MacBook Air‌ will have the same notch, but this time in white, in order to match the bezels and keyboard.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch


Most MacBook Pro owners will tell you that the notch isn’t an issue because its entry into the menu bar allows more screen space below, and effectively disappears from view when in full screen mode, leaving the menu bar black. However, the new MacBook Air is likely to spark another round of “big controversy”, with the splitting factor this time being its color rather than just its presence.

Multiple colors

Continuing the ‌iMac‌ theme, the new MacBook Air‌ is expected to be available in several color options. Colors can be similar to the 24-inch ‌iMac‌, which come in blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange, and purple. (There is also unrestrained speculation online that Apple’s WWDC business Hints on many new MacBook Air colors.)

MacBook Air Mock 2022 Triad Feature


Apple has a history of using bright colors for non-professional hardware (the iBook G3, for example) and the different color options will clearly distinguish the MacBook Air‌ from its Pro sibling.

The LCD screen is slightly larger

The 2022 MacBook Air will have a 13.6-inch screen, According to Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young. This would make it 0.3 inches larger than the current MacBook Air, but still 0.6 inches smaller than the current 14.2-inch MacBook Pro.

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Young said Mac rumors The 2022 MacBook Air will not feature a small LED display or ProMotion technology. This conflicts with Claims From DigiTimes That this year’s MacBook Air will get a small LED screen, Young confirms that it will use the LCD screen to maintain a lower price point compared to the high-end MacBook Pro.

M1 or M2 processor

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier this year that the 2022 MacBook Air will retain the M1 chip rather than feature the ‌M2 processor. Meanwhile, ShrimpApplePro has claimed That Apple is working on a “final SoC for the M1‌ series,” which features updated cores, so this is likely related to a new entry-level version of the ‌M1‌.

New M1 chip


A MacBook Air release of a mid-generation iteration of the standard ‌M1‌ chip may help Apple buy time before launching Macs with the ‌M2‌ chip next year, when TSMC’s most advanced N3 manufacturing process will be become available.

Apple could call the chip in the new MacBook Air “M2” to boost sales, but it might choose to save the “M2” name for a much bigger update from the previous generation in 2023 to boost Apple’s silicon brand image.

1080p webcam

As part of its redesign, the latest MacBook Pro models get a 1080p webcam for the first time. With the 27-inch ‌iMac‌, the 24-inch iMac, and the high-end MacBook Pro now featuring a 1080p webcam, the MacBook Air ‌ likely could benefit from one as well.

MagSafe and 2 x Thunderbolt / USB4.0

For redesigned MacBook Pro models, Apple has brought back its favorite MagSafe charging connector. BloombergMark Gorman claimed that “MagSafe” is too Coming to MacBook Air.

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However, other communication options will be more modest. It will feature Gurman clams ‌MagSafe‌‌ as well as a pair of Thunderbolt/USB4 ports for connecting external devices.

MacBook Air debuts at WWDC?

The announcement of the new MacBook Air at WWDC is certainly not certain. Apple could very well decide to discontinue the notebook in favor of releasing it later in the year when Ongoing supply chain issues less impact on their business.

However, Apple’s current MacBook Air models are the only M1 Macs in its online store that are currently experiencing charging delays, which could always be a hint that Apple is preparing to launch a new model.

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