Apple is said to be working on a new version of the MacBook Air with a brand new physical case design that is both thinner and lighter than its current offering, which was updated with Apple’s M1 chip late last year, according to a new Bloomberg report. According to the report’s sources, it’s slated for release as early as late 2021 or 2022, and it will also include MagSafe fees (which are also set to return on Apple’s next MacBook Pro models sometime in 2021).
MagSafe would provide power delivery and charging, while two USB 4 ports would provide data connectivity for the new MacBook Air. The screen size will remain at the current 13-inch diagonal, but Apple will reportedly be making smaller overall sizes, including reducing the bevel that surrounds the screen edge.
Apple plans to redesign its entire Mac lineup over the next two years with its own Apple silicon processors. The first Apple Silicon Macs with the M1 chip were presented at the end of last year. The resulting performance advantages over the predecessors with Intel technology were considerable. The physical designs remained essentially the same, however, leading to speculation about when Apple would introduce new case designs to further differentiate its new Macs from their older models.
The company is also reportedly working on new MacBook Pros with MagSafe charging, which could also eliminate the company’s controversial TouchBar interface – and bring back a dedicated SD card slot yet again, according to Bloomberg. All of these changes would actually be reversals of design changes Apple made in introducing current Mac designs to physical notebooks, starting with the first Retina display MacBook Pro in 2012, but they target usability complaints from some enthusiastic and professional Customers of the company.