MacBook Air with OLED display, 120Hz refresh rate! It could happen soon, same for iPad Pro

MacBook Air with OLED display is expected to be launched sometime in 2024, along with OLED iPad Pro models.

| Updated on: Dec 13 2022, 13:27 IST
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Apple MacBook Air M2
1/6 Apple MacBook Air M2 brings a new minimalist design from the 14-inch MacBook Pro. The sides are now thicker and have rounded edges, while the Apple logo grows bigger on the lid. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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2/6 Apple MacBook Air M2 gets a new 13.6-inch LCD display with slim bezels and a new notch for holding the 1080p webcam. The display is brighter than the M1 MacBook Air display. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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3/6 Apple MacBook Air M2 also gets a new keyboard with larger keycaps, even for the Fn keys. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the Sleep Key is still present. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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4/6 Apple MacBook Air M2 comes with macOS Monterey out of the box. However, it will get macOS Ventura update later in the year with the new features such as Stage Manager, Spotlight Search, and more. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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5/6 Apple promises up to 18 hours of battery life on the MacBook Air M2, which is the same as the MacBook Air M1. The 256GB variant gets you the 30W adapter whereas the 512GB variant gets you the 36W dual port charger. It also supports the 67W fast charger that does 0-50 percent in 30 minutes. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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6/6 Other than the MagSafe port for charging, you get two USB-C ports with support Thunderbolt 3, USB-4 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 speed formats. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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Apple MacBook Air OLED could launch in 2024, says new leak. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

OLED displays are all the rage these days in laptops, with Asus, Dell and Lenovo offering their top models with OLED displays. It is only Apple who has been faithful to the LCD display for its entire Mac range. The MacBook Pro models flaunt their miniLED display but that too is essentially LCD tech. It now seems that Apple wants to embrace OLED panels for its Mac and iPad range, as suggested by the latest report.

DSCC's Ross Young has recently said in a note (via Macrumors) to his subscribers that Apple is planning to introduce high refresh rate OLED displays on the 13-inch MacBook Air, 11-inch iPad Pro, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2024. This is big for the MacBook Air, which is currently the entry level model in the Mac laptops lineup. Young doesn't say anything about the OLED panel coming to MacBook Pro models.

MacBook Air, iPad Pro with OLED display coming

Young doesn't share much about the display, other than the fact that these devices will use a two-stack OLED display. A two-stack OLED will have two layers of RGB pixels that allow for higher brightness and more efficient power consumption. OLED panels also allow for better colour reproduction.

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With a ProMotion OLED panel on the MacBook Air, Apple's entry-level laptop can now go head-to-head with competition from the Windows universe. What remains to be seen is whether Apple gives the OLED treatment to 13-inch MacBook Pro, 14-inch MacBook Pro, and 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Earlier this year, Apple launched the MacBook Air with M2 as the replacement for the popular M1 powered MacBook Air. The new model came with a refresh design inspired by the 14-inch MacBook Pro. It gained the MagSafe port for charging, liberating two USB-C ports. Additionally, the MacBook Air M2 also got a bigger 13.3-inch IPS LCD display but had to settle for a display notch for holding the 1080p front camera. The new M2 chip promises a slight boost in performance, but battery life remains the same at up to 18 hours. Apple also continues to sell the M1 MacBook Air as its entry-level laptop.

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First Published Date: 13 Dec, 13:26 IST
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