Apple has also considered making a 15-inch MacBook Air and is working on integrating Face ID and cellular connectivity.
The Mac platform is experiencing a renaissance thanks to Apple's new M1 chip. A new report claims the company is working hard on a major redesign of the MacBook Air.
The MacBook Air has been Apple's most popular notebook since its debut in 2008.
In the next iteration, the computer is expected to become thinner and smaller than the current Airs. It is said to be powered by a next-generation version of Apple's in-house Mac processors. Apple recently swapped out Intel chips in the MacBook Air for their own silicon, but the notebook's industrial design has remained intact.
A MacBook Air redesign is in the works
However, according to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, that will all change with a redesigned MacBook Air that appears to hit the market sometime in 2021 or 2022.
Apple has been talking about making the laptop smaller by shrinking the bezel around the screen, which will remain 13 inches. The current model weighs 2.8 pounds and is just over half an inch at its thickest point.
The company has also developed a larger version of the MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen, but isn't going any further for the next generation, Gurman says. Aside from rumors that the next MacBook Air will look thinner and lighter, it is said to be equipped with Apple's popular MagSafe charging technology.
Face recognition may be carried over to the Mac
According to Gurman's sources, Apple could also work on bringing Face ID, its secure biometric authentication and built-in cellular connectivity to the Mac platform.
Apple also developed underlying Mac support for both cellular connectivity – the ability for Macs to connect to the Internet using smartphone networks – and Face ID, the company's facial recognition system.
However, neither feature seems to be available anytime soon.
To that end, it was originally planned to include Face ID in this year's iMac redesign, but it is now unlikely to be included in the first iteration of the new design.
MagSafe comes on all Apple notebooks
For MagSafe, the practical power connection is expected to make a triumphant comeback on other Apple notebooks as well. After debuting on the 2006 MacBook Pro, the magnetically attached connector immediately won over people for its convenience.
Should you trip over the breakaway cable, MagSafe would safely disconnect it without pulling down the entire computer, saving the day. Unfortunately, Apple stopped using MagSafe on all notebooks with the 2018 redesign in favor of USB-C charging.
Aside from sheer convenience, MagSafe's planned return also means the next generation of Apple notebooks should charge much faster than before. In addition, MagSafe releases one of the USB-C ports that had to be used for charging. Again, this could be particularly important for the MacBook Air, which always had fewer ports than its bigger and more expensive brother, the MacBook Pro.
iMac redesign and other Mac updates
Apple has been working on updating other computers in its Mac lineup, such as a brand new 14-inch model and a redesign of the current 16-inch model we covered recently. These MacBook Pros should offer users some other popular features such as: B. helpful memory card slots. The heavily criticized Apple Touch Bar, a touchscreen function line with dynamically changing shortcuts, is also being removed from these computers.
All in all, the outdated MacBook Pros should appear in the middle of the year, if one is to believe the reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TFI Securities. Among other Mac updates that are currently in the works, the all-in-one iMac desktop is said to have been given a major makeover.
Plus, Apple engineers could create a less expensive, half-size Mac Pro. These and other Mac updates are all powered by internal processors as Apple works to meet its self-imposed deadline for moving all Macs to Apple silicon in two years.
Apple is redesigning the MacBook Pro for 2021
The “MagSafe” charging port is being revived and more types of I / O are being added, but the touch bar is apparently a jack of all trades.
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