The 15-inch MacBook Air won’t have the chip you wanted
At this point, there’s a very good chance that Apple is going to announce the 15-inch MacBook Air during the WWDC23 opening keynote in June. The only real questions are about specifics. Like which chips will be on offer.
We were already pretty resigned to the fact that we wouldn’t be getting anything too fancy, with the M2 Pro and M2 Max unlikely to find a home in such a device. The M3 chip also seemed unlikely based on previous reports, but now that’s been backed up by supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuuo not only says that we won’t see an M3 in the 15-inch MacBook Air, but that we will get two versions of the M2 much like the configuration options available for the 13-inch MacBook Air. The M2 is available in 7 and 8-core GPU options in that laptop. But if you’re still battling between a MacBook Pro vs a MacBook Air, the 15-incher isn’t going to shift the dial when it comes to power in Apple’s most portable range.
No M3 just yet
In a post to Twitter Kuo said that the M3 chip is expected to begin mass production in the second half of 2023, “slightly ahead of M3 Pro and M3 Max.” He goes on to say that the 15-inch MacBook Air is expected to ship up to six million units.
[Prediction update and revision]1. The new 15″ MacBook model should be named MacBook Air.2. To reiterate, the upcoming 15″ MacBook Air will feature the M2 series and offer two processor spec options. However, two options are more likely to be M2 with different cores (similar… https://t.co/Co4YJhbXO3April 20, 2023
When it does arrive the 15-inch MacBook Air could be the best Mac for most people thanks to its combination of portability and screen size. That might depend on the price that the laptop is sold at but that isn’t something that we have seen reported so far.
Kuo also confirmed that the 15-inch MacBook Air will use that particular moniker. That wasn’t something that was always nailed on with some wondering if Apple would start a whole new lineup of laptops to cater for this particular model. With that in mind, it would appear we can expect this machine to just be a super-sized version of the model already sold.