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Next Macbook Air could get even lighter and thinner

Apple’s consumer-level laptop could see a redesign later this year or in early 2022.

- Roman Loyola reports

The Macbook Air is Apple’s thinnest and lightest laptop, but it seems the company wants to make it even thinner and lighter. That’s according to a recent report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who says that Apple plans to release the redesigned Macbook Air later this year or in 2022.

Apple will shrink the laptop by making the bezel smaller, though the screen will still be 13 inches. The current Macbook Air has a width of about 12 inches and a depth of 8.36

inches. When closed, the height of the current model tapers, measuring 0.16 inches at its shortest point, and 0.63 inches at its tallest. Presumably, shrinking the bezel will make the width and depth smaller, though Gurman doesn’t state if the new Macbook Air will still have the tapered height.

Earlier this year, Digitimes posted an unconfirme­d report that said that the Macbook Air will have a Mini LED display in 2022. In December 2020, analyst Ming-chi Kuo said that Apple could release a new “affordable” Macbook Air in 2022 that uses a Mini LED display. Bloomberg’s report does not address these Mini LED rumours.

The new Macbook Air could also have Magsafe. Magsafe is a magnetic power connector that was originally introduced with the 2006 Macbook Pro, but Apple removed it from the Macbook Air in 2018 and stopped implementi­ng it in all its laptops in 2019. Magsafe was reborn with the iphone 12, and rumour has it that the upcoming Apple siliconbas­ed Macbook Pro will have a Magsafe connector.

It was a favourite feature with long-time Mac laptop users with its ability to disconnect with a yank of the cord, helping to prevent the laptop from accidental­ly flying off a user’s lap, table or desk. But Apple switched to USB-C charging with the 2018 Macbook Air redesign and dumped Magsafe. To that end, Gurman reports that the new Macbook Air will still have two USB 4/Thunderbol­t ports in addition to Magsafe.

Gurman also states that Apple is considerin­g a 15in Macbook Air, but it will not be ready “for the next generation”. The report also says a new 16in Macbook Pro could bring back the SD card slot that was jettisoned in 2016 and Apple is working on Macs with cellular connectivi­ty and Face ID, “but neither feature appears to be coming soon”.

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