Apple's 15-inch MacBook Air: Rumors, and what we know

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The M2 MacBook Air doesn't hit shelves until July, but rumors about a new MacBook Air with a 15-inch display, have already begun. Here's everything rumored, and what it will probably look like.

The rumored 15-inch MacBook Air could arrive in late 2023
The rumored 15-inch MacBook Air could arrive in late 2023


Apple hasn't offered two sizes of the MacBook Air since the 11-inch model was discontinued in 2015. That is set to change in 2023, but Apple is expected to announce a larger 15-inch model instead of reintroducing a smaller one.

Rumors about a 15-inch MacBook Air began in earnest at the start of 2022. Earlier rumors hinted at a 15-inch model, but they were less certain in January 2021.

March 2022

On March 23, 2022, display supply chain analyst Ross Young seemed adamant about a larger MacBook Air. He suggested that the yet-to-be-announced M2 MacBook Air could get a slight size bump, which it did, and a 15-inch model could also be announced. However, Apple only announced the 13-inch model during WWDC.

A larger 15-inch display is expected, but no ProMotion or mini-LED
A larger 15-inch display is expected, but no ProMotion or mini-LED


Just two days later, Ming-Chi Kuo disagreed with Young, stating the 15-inch MacBook wouldn't arrive until 2023 at the earliest. He also said it might not be referred to as a MacBook Air, but would be a different model entirely.

Kuo also mentioned that the larger MacBook would use the same 30W power adapter, though we now know the MacBook Air can also be configured with a dual USB-C 35W adapter.

Not to be out leaked, Ross Young came back on March 25 with another MacBook Air prediction. He stated that the 15-inch MacBook Air would sport a 15.2-inch display and that the upcoming 13-inch model would be increased from 13.3 inches to 13.6 inches.

A larger mid-range MacBook is missing from Apple's current lineup
A larger mid-range MacBook is missing from Apple's current lineup


So far, half of that statement is true since the M2 MacBook Air does indeed have a 13.6-inch display. Ross Young has been highly accurate regarding display leaks from the supply chain.

Young also stated that the MacBook Air would not get mini-LED or ProMotion. Both display technologies have been reserved for Apple's "Pro" devices, and that hasn't changed.

June 2022

After WWDC in June, leaks began again for the 15-inch MacBook Air. First, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said that a "wider" version of the MacBook Air would sport a 15-inch display and M2 processor. It would arrive sometime in 2023 or 2024.

The 15-inch MacBook Air would have more space for speakers
The 15-inch MacBook Air would have more space for speakers


This rumor was followed up a few days later by Ming-Chi Kuo with more detail on the laptop. He still didn't refer to it as a MacBook Air but said the 15-inch laptop would have an M2 or M2 Pro processor and launch by the end of 2023 or later.

Little details about the new MacBook Air have emerged, and no leaker has taken a stab at color offerings or further configuration details. Rumors surrounding the M2 MacBook Air before it was announced suggested a full range of colors similar to the 24-inch iMac was coming, but instead, Apple stuck to four basic colors.

Late 2023 release

The purple MacBook Air shown in our renders is a guess based on Apple's previous releases. Typically, when Apple does a mid-cycle product refresh, it tends to release a new colorway.

Apple could offer a different color option with the new MacBook Air
Apple could offer a different color option with the new MacBook Air


The 15-inch MacBook Air isn't expected until sometime in 2023 or 2024, so Apple has likely not made pricing and configuration decisions. What's more confusing is the existence of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 and how it fits in with yet another mid-range laptop.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    Shouldn’t be an Air. Should be a MacBook or MacBook Studio. Single fan design. M2 of course, and *possibly* M2 Pro option, especially if they go with the Studio moniker. 

    This completely replaces the 13.3” Pro and ends the Touch Bar. 
    edited June 30 AniMillwilliamlondon
  • Reply 2 of 8
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,762member
    Apple has covered all bases for it's MAC laptop line. 16.1" MBP,15" MBA,14.1" MBP,13.6" MBA,13.3" MBP,12" MB. The 13.6" MBA and 15" MBA are more like every day user's GOTO laptop for non-professional work oriented customers which is huge customer base from Highschool and College students, Casual users, Small businesses and part of enterprise customers like sales/marketing/customer support/corporate staff.
    Apple, please add one USB-C port on right side. Either take one from left or if needed than will pay extra. The MAC laptop customers tribe has spoken so get rid of that touchbar.
    edited June 30 h4y3s
  • Reply 3 of 8
    AniMillAniMill Posts: 75member
    Shouldn’t be an Air. Should be a MacBook or MacBook Studio. Single fan design. M2 of course, and *possibly* M2 Pro option, especially if they go with the Studio moniker. 

    This completely replaces the 13.3” Pro and ends the Touch Bar. 
    Exactly what I’d hope: a MacBook Studio w/ M2 Pro. Perfect device. 👍
    williamlondon
  • Reply 4 of 8
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 1,384member
    The line starts behind me. 
    mangakatten
  • Reply 5 of 8
    timmilleatimmillea Posts: 115member
    In what way could a 15" laptop possibly be a MacBook Air? The current 13" model is already a stretch. The MBA concept is a 'premium ultraportable'. A 15" fan-less design would simply be MacBook. The new 13" should be MacBook. A new MacBook Air would be as hated by Americans as the original - small, compromised and very expensive - but loved in the Far East. 
  • Reply 6 of 8
    MacBook Air was called Air because it was significantly thinner than laptops of the time.

    We don’t need an Air moniker anymore.

    Just a MacBook 13/15 and MacBook Pro 14/16

    I don’t know why we couldn’t just get the two sizes with the screen size as the main differentiator…
    d_2
  • Reply 7 of 8
    timmilleatimmillea Posts: 115member
    MacBook Air was called Air because it was significantly thinner than laptops of the time.

    We don’t need an Air moniker anymore.

    Just a MacBook 13/15 and MacBook Pro 14/16

    I don’t know why we couldn’t just get the two sizes with the screen size as the main differentiator…
    Plus a MacBook Air 12" - underpowered, one-port, non-upgradeable, non-openable, expensive but a gorgeous fete of engineering! It would, of course, be lighter than a standard iPad. 
  • Reply 8 of 8
    AI_liasAI_lias Posts: 427member
    Imagine a 15” Air (thinner and lighter than other 15” laptops) which Apple will also cripple with only one external display. Because that’s who Apple is now, and that’s what they think of their customers. 
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