In June, Apple is scheduled to host its WWDC 2023 event, where it is expected to announce updates for iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and other software. While the event primarily focuses on developers, there is a possibility that Apple could also unveil new hardware products. Previous reports have hinted at the launch of a highly-anticipated MacBook Air with a 15.5-inch display. Now, a prominent analyst suggests that Apple is also working on new 13-inch and 15-inch models of the MacBook Air, powered by the M2 chip, which could potentially be released at WWDC.
According to the latest Power On newsletter by Mark Gurman, Apple is reportedly working on new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models. The company may release a 13.6-inch model with upgraded internals, while the 15.5-inch model will be a new addition to the lineup, aimed at streamlining the category in a similar manner to the MacBook Pro models.
Previous information suggests that the bigger version of the MacBook Air will be powered by the M2 chip, the same processor that is used in the 13.6-inch variant. This implies that the company is simply introducing a new size option for the product. The report further mentions that Apple is also working on new 13-inch models for both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, though it is not yet clear what upgrades these machines will feature if they are indeed released at the WWDC event in June. This is because both variants currently utilize the M2 chip. Additionally, there are reports of Apple working on a slightly smaller 13.4-inch MacBook model with an OLED display.
It is possible that Apple may only unveil the 15.5-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip at the WWDC event, while the 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro could be in development for a later launch. The analyst has indicated that the WWDC event may not be the stage for the launch of the upcoming M3 chip, which is expected to be fabricated on TSMC’s 3nm process. If this information holds true, we might see a refresh of the 13-inch MacBook Air later this year, potentially alongside the launch of the M3-powered MacBook Pro.
15.5-inch MacBook Air is anticipated to feature the same design as the current model, with no major changes to the design or port selection. However, due to the larger chassis, it is likely to have a bigger battery. We have previously provided details on the core count of the M2 chip in the 15.5-inch MacBook Air and how it compares to the current model, based on observations from the App Store developer logs, along with other pertinent information.