There are rumours that a new MacBook Air with a redesign is coming, with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman indicating in January 2021 that Apple is developing a “thinner and lighter version of the MacBook Air”. If you were hoping to see it soon though you may be disappointed: an investor note published by Ming Chi Kuo suggests that the new MacBook Air will launch in 2022.
Kuo indicates that Apple will launch a new model of MacBook Air with mini-LED in 2022 – this will be the first entry-level Mac to feature mini-LED display technology, according to the analyst.
It is likely that any redesign of the MacBook Air will incorporate this new screen technology so we are unlikely to see a redesigned MacBook Air until 2022.
Compared to today’s screen backlight, mini-LED provides better colour reproduction, blacker blacks, higher contrast and greater dynamic range.
We won’t have to wait until 2022 for the first mini-LED Apple products though. The new screen tech is likely to arrive on this year’s new iPad Pro and MacBook Pro.
Indeed, earlier in March 2021 Kuo said that he expects Apple to release a redesigned MacBook Pro with mini-LED display in the second half of 2021. Read: New 14in MacBook Pro with mini-LED a step closer.
While the mini-LED iPad Pro should enter mass production before the end of April. Kuo and Mark Gurman of Bloomberg both agree that mini-LED may only feature in the larger iPad Pro. Read: iPad Pro in April – Bloomberg.