New MacBook Air with M1 or M2 chip? Latest leaks create CHAOS for Apple fans

    New MacBook Air now said to get M2 chip instead of M1 chip. The same stands for 13-inch MacBook Pro chip.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Mar 11 2022, 20:18 IST
    New MacBook Air now said to have M2 chip, not M1.
    New MacBook Air now said to have M2 chip, not M1. (Apple)
    New MacBook Air now said to have M2 chip, not M1.
    New MacBook Air now said to have M2 chip, not M1. (Apple)

    Will the new MacBook Air get the old M1 chip or the rumoured new M2 chipset? Based on the absolute latest leak, it is suggested that Apple WILL come up with the new M2 chip later this year to debut on the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro. This contradicts to the leak from Kuo, who said Apple will continue to offer the M1 chip on its most affordable laptops for another generation, and will only redesign the Air on the lines of the new Pro models.

    The contradictory leak, coming from 9To5Mac suggests that the MacBook Air coming out sometime later this year will indeed debut the Apple M2 chip. The M2 chip is said to be based on the Apple A15 Bionic chip and will have an 8-core CPU along with a 10-core GPU. The M2 is also said to replace the old M1 chip in the lineup but Apple will offer more powerful versions of the chip, titled M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra.

    New MacBook Air to get M2 chip

    Earlier, Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple will continue the M1 chip on the MacBook Air for another generation. Kuo's predictions usually prove to be true and hence, we suggest you should take this info with a pinch of salt. After all, Apple was expected to announce the M2 chip at the Spring event but instead ended up announcing the M1 Ultra chip, which essentially two M1 Max chips combined!

    The M1 MacBook Air is still among the most powerful laptops in its category, offering unmatched balance of battery life and performance. The M1 chip also allows the Air to have no fans underneath for dedicated cooling. However, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is tuned for more performance and needs cooling fans for higher performance.

    Speaking of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, this leak also says that Apple is willing to drop the “Pro” moniker from this model. Hence, going forward, the 13-inch MacBook Pro could be simply known as the MacBook. No extra moniker. The Air will continue to exist.

    Changing the name makes sense for Apple, given that the Pro moniker is used to refer to the most powerful MacBook models in Apple's lineup.

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    First Published Date: 11 Mar, 20:18 IST
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