According to a recent study from Display Supply Chain Consultants, Apple has new aesthetic features planned for the MacBook Air and entry-level iPad in 2023. Apple is developing a 15-inch MacBook Air and a slightly bigger version of the entry-level iPad, both of which are expected to be introduced in 2023. Display Supply Chain Consultants’ Quarterly Advanced IT Display Shipment and Technology report has been issued, and it provides some indications about Apple’s plans.
15-inch MacBook May Not Be Called Air
Although much has been written about Apple’s impending MacBook Air makeover, recent evidence says it may arrive in two sizes. Apple is working on a 15-inch MacBook version of the laptop to sit beside the 13-inch model, which may get a little bigger screen as well, according to Display Supply Chain Consultants’ latest quarterly report (via 9to5Mac and AppleInsider).
Following up on the story, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that mass manufacturing will commence in the last quarter of 2023. According to Kuo, the laptop would utilize the exact 30W adaptor as the MacBook Air, putting it well behind the current MacBook Pro machines in terms of power usage.
Finally, according to Kuo, this new laptop “may not be dubbed MacBook Air,” which is more of a branding issue than anything else and is likely to be speculative for a device that’s so far away from production.
Early last year, Bloomberg claimed that Apple pondered releasing a 15-inch MacBook Air alongside the 13-inch makeover, but finally opted against it. For a long time, Apple hasn’t produced low-cost laptops with bigger screens. To locate a non-Pro Apple laptop with a screen size larger than 13 inches, you’d have to go back to the iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 models, which were discontinued in 2006 with the Intel transition. Users who desire the extra screen real estate but don’t require the performance of a 16-inch MacBook Pro may find a MacBook Air-class device with a bigger display appealing.