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 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 fourth quarter of 2023. According to Kuo, the laptop would utilize the same 30W adaptor as the MacBook Air, putting it well behind the current MacBook Pro machines in terms of power usage.
Finally, Kuo speculates that this new laptop “may not be named MacBook Air,” which is more of a branding issue than anything else, and is likely to be speculative for a device that is so far away from manufacturing.
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 provided lower-end laptops with bigger screens. To locate a non-Pro Apple laptop with a screen larger than 13 inches, you’d have to travel back to the days of the iBook G4 and PowerBook G4, which were discontinued in 2006 with the Intel transition.
The iBook G4 featured a 14-inch variant. Users who desire the extra screen real estate but don’t require the performance of a 16-inch MacBook Pro may prefer a MacBook Air-class device with a bigger display.