Apple plans to launch a new MacBook Air with a mini-LED display and several color options around mid 2022, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in a research note obtained by MacRumors. These details line up with previous rumors about the new MacBook Air from sources like Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman and YouTube tech personality Jon Prosser.
A colorful MacBook Air concept shared by Jon Prosser
Kuo said the new MacBook Air will feature an “all-new design” with a similar form factor as the next MacBook Pro models, which are also expected to feature a mini-LED display and flatter top and bottom edges. Previous rumors have suggested the new MacBook Air will also feature a faster Apple silicon chip and a MagSafe-branded magnetic power cable.
Kuo said it is not yet certain whether the existing M1 MacBook Air will end production after the mini-LED model enters mass production, and this could have an effect on pricing. If the M1 MacBook Air does end production, Kuo said the mini-LED model will probably start at the same $999 price as the current M1 MacBook Air. If the M1 MacBook Air does remain available for purchase, Kuo believes it could receive a price cut.
Apple last updated the MacBook Air with the M1 chip in November 2020.