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With the promise of miniLED screens, an uprated M1X processor, and the potentially welcome death of the Touch Bar, there’s a lot to look forward to with the upcoming MacBook Pros. But wait. You might be better waiting for MacBook Air.
First of all, this MacBook Air will feature a physical redesign. Expect a more angular design to the edges, the loss of the ‘wedge’ to be replaced with a flatter and thinner design, allowing for a larger trackpad.
Then you have the display. The MacBook Air will follow the expected update to the MacBook Pro due by the end of this year by using miniLED for the display. This will offer a brighter screen with vivid colors and deeper blacks, all with better energy efficiency. Hopefully the supply issues will have been worked out by that point.
Finally there’s the hardware inside the case, and the Apple Silicon processor in general.
Last year saw the first Apple Silicon processor ship inside a Mac, specifically in lower end MacBook Pros, a mac Mini, and the MacBook Air. The M1 processor scored higher benchmarking scores to similarly priced Intel hardware, and in practice these machines have an excess of power for most consumers and many professionals as well.
The launch of those new MacBook Pro machines at the end of the year will see an uprated M1 processor alongside the new 14-inch and 16-inch miniLED screens, and no doubt the presumptively named M1X processor will be an improvement over the M1.
And the upcoming MacBook Air? That’s going to debut the next-generation M2 processor.