Anyone hoping that Apple’s upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air would offer stronger specs along with a larger screen looks set to be disappointed.
Apple internal test logs seen by bloomberg (Opens in a new tab) We’re suggesting that instead of using the as-yet-unreleased M3 chip, a “potentially 15-inch MacBook Air” is positioned by its bits equipped with “processors on par with the current M2 chip.”
Like the current chips that power the current crop of MacBook Airs on store shelves, these chips have eight processing cores (split evenly between performance and efficiency) and ten graphics cores.
The laptop also appears to have 8GB of RAM—the same default amount of memory that current M2 MacBook Airs use (though it’s upgradeable to 16GB or 24GB for $200 or $400, respectively). .
So what about the elusive 3nm M3 chip? Gurman suggests that these devices will follow later in the year for the 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 24-inch iMac. Gorman adds that “high-end versions of the M3 chip” for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro are expected to follow “in the first half of 2024.”
While potential buyers of the 15-inch MacBook Air may be disappointed, there is some good news in the report.
First, Apple won’t just extend the Air’s existing resolution onto the new, larger screen. While the 13.6-inch Air comes with a 2560 x 1664 screen, the model under test appears to have a sharper 3024 x 1964 resolution. This is the same resolution that Apple uses in the 14-inch MacBook Pro, although it loses out a bit, of course. Sharpness on a larger 15.3-inch screen.
Secondly, the purpose of the test appears to be to check the compatibility of apps running on the upcoming macOS 14 operating system, which is likely to be officially unveiled at WWDC on June 5th. This strongly suggests that the new MacBook will ship with the shiny new one. operating system upon arrival.
However, the question of “when” remains outstanding. If PCs do indeed arrive with macOS 14, a WWDC reveal is likely, but recently show analyst Ross Young said ramping up production of the show points to a “late April/early May” launch.
Most people still assume a WWDC reveal is the most likely possibility, but there are good reasons why Apple should head out early. Not only are the above specs not a tantalizing touch for a big on-stage reveal, but Apple is ready to launch a mixed reality headset, and the last thing the company wants is to draw attention away from a major new product announcement by a laptop.
With only 51 days left until the first day of WWDC, everything will become clear very soon.