Apple plans thinner MacBook Air with magnetic charger, could launch in 2022

Ruben Fields
January 23, 2021

Apple has discussed making the laptop smaller by shrinking the border around the screen, which will remain 13-inches.

While Gurman's latest report focuses on a lighter and thinner design for the MacBook Air (which will also include MagSafe in a total reboot of the line), for photographers he buried the leade: the real news is the return of the SD card port on the upcoming 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros.

The next gen Air will sport a thinner and lighter chassis while the screen would have trimmed bezels further reducing the footprint. The current model weighs 2.8 pounds and is just over half an inch at its thickest point.

It also seems that the new design with have MagSafe magnetic charging - this could be in a similar way to the iPhone 12, it could be a new port or it could somehow magnetise the USB-C cable - we'll have to wait and see on that front. The next MacBook Air is also said to be powered by a next-generation version of Apple's in-house silicon chips.

Apple's next MacBook Air could be even thinner and lighter

A new report from Bloomberg now offers more information regarding Apple's plans for its future Mac lineup.

Apple launched its first in-house silicon chip M1-powered MacBook Air in November 2020. The company is planning to bring back an SD card slot for the next MacBook Pros so users can insert memory cards from digital cameras.

In the long term, Apple is also said to be developing Macs with support for cellular connectivity and Face ID biometric security. In addition to the new MacBook Air, Apple is planning its biggest update to the MacBook Pro since 2016, the first redesign of the iMac in almost a decade, a new Intel-based Mac Pro, and a half-sized Mac Pro desktop with in-house chips. The new models will also say goodbye to the much-maligned and under utilised Touch Bar. However, neither of the features will be coming anytime soon.

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