With the promise of miniLED displays, an upgraded M1X processor, and the potentially welcome demise of the Touch Bar, there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming MacBook Pros. But wait. It might be better to wait for the MacBook Air.
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First of all, this MacBook Air will have a physical redesign . Expect a more angular design around the edges, allowing for a larger trackpad, replacing the “wedge” loss with a flatter and thinner design.
Then you have the screen. The MacBook Air will follow the expected MacBook Pro update later this year, using miniLED for the display. This will deliver a brighter display with vibrant colors and deeper blacks, all with better energy efficiency. I hope the supply issues will be resolved by that point.
Finally there is the hardware inside the case and the Apple Silicon processor in general.
Last year saw the first Apple Silicon processor shipped inside a Mac, specifically lower-end MacBook Pros, a mac Mini, and a MacBook Air. The M1 processor scored higher benchmarks than similarly priced Intel hardware, and in practice these machines are too powerful for most consumers and many professionals.
The end-of-year launch of these new MacBook Pro machines will see an upgraded M1 processor alongside new 14-inch and 16-inch miniLED displays, and will likely be an improvement over the named M1X processor, the M1.
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And the upcoming MacBook Air? This will make the debut of the next-gen M2 processor.
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MacBook Air, new design and improved display, but as the second iteration to make these choices, any issues or flaws discovered by new MacBook Pro laptop users will be fed back to improve the MacBook Air design prior to its debut. .
The same goes for MacOS. Although available in beta, its first public release will likely be released at the end of September with new hardware. No OS makes it out of the box, it usually takes several months to fix major bugs and flaws. Just in time for the 2022 MacBook Air launch.
And the new processor, which will bring all the lessons from the M1 generation, will bring more performance, more endurance and more potential. While the pro market will benefit from high-end MacBook Pros, they are coming to the end of a silicon cycle, not the beginning of a new cycle.
A new design, tried and tested software, and improved performance. If you’re looking for a MacBook that will push the envelope in every possible way… you’ll be waiting for the MacBook Air.