There has been an attack on Apple leaking out of the business publication Bloomberg over the past week, and the latter goes into a little more detail about an upcoming redesign of the MacBook Air.
Like the others, the report quotes anonymous people who are familiar with Apple̵
But buried in this MacBook Air report may be just as big news for a particular set of Mac users: it claims that Apple plans to reintroduce the SD card slot into new MacBook Pros – a detail that was left out of a story on these computers earlier week.
The current M1 MacBook Air will remain in the series, while this new MacBook Air will be a “high-end” option that will be sold with it. Why is it advanced, you may ask? Bloomberg’s sources claim that it will be even thinner and lighter than the model available now.
Furthermore, the footprint of the laptop will be smaller because the edges are reduced, but the screen will still measure 13 inches. This is a different approach than Apple has taken before (and is expected to continue to take) with its MacBook Pro line. In November 2019, Apple launched a 16-inch MacBook Pro to replace the previous 15-inch model, but the footprint remained the same, while the screen occupied much of the space previously framed, increasing the screen size.
The report also says that the new MacBook Air will have MagSafe – something that was stated by the same publication a few days ago about upcoming MacBook Pro models. MagSafe was a key feature on Apple laptops from before, but Apple gradually removed it from the product line in recent years before it was introduced on the iPhone 12 in 2020.
On a Mac, MagSafe is a power port and associated cord that attaches easily, magnetically. The cord is easy to place, but if the cord is pulled in, it will be pulled out carefully instead of pulling the laptop with it. The goal was to prevent situations where an owner of the device could trip over the cord and accidentally snatch the laptop off a desk or desk and damage it.
Finally, today’s Bloomberg report says that Apple “considered” making a MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen, but the plan will not happen this generation.
Reports earlier this week claimed that Apple plans to introduce a new iPhone in 2021 with a fingerprint reader on the screen.
They also said we should expect a 14-inch MacBook Pro with a larger, better screen to replace the current 13-inch model, as well as faster graphics and CPU performance. There will also be a successor to the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which will also have a better screen and which will bring Apple’s own silicon to that product.
Finally, the leaks predicted that an iMac redesign would come, with Apple Silicon and a new design, as well as a cheaper alternative to Apple’s ProDisplay XDR display aimed at consumers.