MacBook Air (2023): Everything we know so far
Just last year we received a MacBook Air update that not only featured Apple’s updated M2 chip but also other changes such as an increase in screen size from 13.3 inches to 13.6 inches, new color options, a larger webcam and more screen real estate. However, we’ve already heard rumors about an all-new Air this year, and it’s interesting to say the least.
This will be the MacBook Air (2023), which will reportedly feature the M3 Apple chip and come in two variants: a 13-inch and a 15-inch model. If certain rumors are to be believed, we could even see an announcement of an upcoming update at Apple’s Spring event next month.
Of course, this is all speculation based on rumors, so please take all this with a grain of salt until Apple makes an official announcement. But if it turns out to be true, the news could cause a stir among Apple loyalists, and for good reason.
MacBook Air (2023): Cutting to the chase
- what is it? Apple updates the MacBook Air lineup
- When will it be available? It is rumored to be in the second half of 2023, possibly even at Apple’s spring event.
- What’s the fare? Prices will likely be the same as the current MacBook Air (M2, 2022), which starts at $1,199 (around £1,015 / AU$1,815)
MacBook Air (2023): Release date
according to a DigiTimes Recent Rumors, MacBook Air (2023) may come out in the second half of 2023.The site reports that the “supply chain is more focused on the more affordable MacBook Air, which is expected to be refreshed in the second half of 2023…” analyst Ross Young claims it may even be as soon as Aprilmaybe even at Apple’s spring event.
Mark Gurman, writing for Bloomberg, Claims these will be two MacBook Airs Come later this year. The first is 13 inches and the second is 15 inches. Beyond that, we don’t have a specific release date for the update yet. However, if this rumor holds true, the release window corresponds to the launch of the new Apple laptops.
MacBook Air (2023): Prices
While there aren’t any rumors about a MacBook Air (2023) price point just yet, we can assume the refreshed 13-inch version will start at roughly the same price as the current 13-inch 2022 model. That’s around $1,199 (about £1,015/AU$1,815), though Apple may raise the price by as much as $100, as it did before, due to another chip update.
Meanwhile, the 15-inch version is likely to sell for more. We could be on the hook for a few hundred dollars more, but that’s speculation since Apple hasn’t done that with its MacBook Air line.
MacBook Air (2023): Specifications
In terms of specs, one of the leading rumors from DigiTimes claimed that the 13.6 and 15.5-inch models could feature 3nm chips (meaning it would be the M3, coming from the 5nm process used by the M2 SoC). This is a rumor that started last year with the M2 Pro and Max , which was later proven to be false. Still, we could see some refreshed chips from Apple in 2023.
Analyst Ross Young also asserted that a 15-inch MacBook Air will also be on the way. However, a MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen could polarize the fanbase. On the one hand, the model might appeal to those who want the extra screen real estate but at a more affordable price. If this one had an M3 chip, it would be powerful.
On the other hand, this could alienate buyers, as releasing the 2023 model just a year after the 2022 update would be a slap in the face for those who just bought the older version. A 15-inch screen would be in an odd position in the market, as the Air series — one of the best thin and light laptops around — can end up being bulky and a bit heavy.