The upcoming MacBook Air is said to feature a 13.3-inch Mini-LED display, which would place it as the second Mac to gain Mini-LED after the 2021 MacBook Pro that is rumored to also have Mini-LED and is slated for release later this year.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. This is all lining up with what we’ve seen Kuo say before in a previous investor note that claimed Apple was working on a new redesigned MacBook Air for 2022. DigiTimes has also repeated this claim. This time around, we get more details, like timeframe and size.
In his latest note to investors, Kuo claims that this rumored laptop will be officially introduced sometime in mid-2022. This could indicate an April release just like the 2021 iMac or even at WWDC in June.
Honing in on more details of that upcoming 2022 MacBook Air, Kuo said that it will feature a 13.3-inch screen size. This would suggest that despite the new technology, Apple will keep its bigger sizes to the MacBook Pro models which are rumored to adopt a 14-inch display size.
If you’re unfamiliar with Mini-LED, it’s a step up from LCD but a step down from OLED. Mini-LED relies on thousands of really small LEDs in the backlight that results in deeper blacks, improved power efficiency, higher brightness, and higher contrast ratio, without the risk of burn-in like with OLED.
According to Kuo, the new MacBook Air will also feature an upgraded Apple Silicon chip. Earlier this month, leaker Dylandkt revealed that the new MacBook Air will be the first Mac with an M2 chip, while the MacBook Pro to be introduced later this year will come with M1X — an upgraded version of M1 with better graphics. This comes after Bloomberg’s previous report about Apple’s plans to introduce its M1 successor with an updated MacBook Air.
“We expect Apple to release a new MacBook Air around the middle of 2022 with a 13.3-inch mini LED display. If the component shortage continues to improve in 2022, it will benefit from the new MacBook Air and Apple Silicon upgrades.“– Kuo
Finally, if our exclusive leak is correct, you could see some pretty spicy colors coming to this better and faster MacBook Air in 2022.