The new MacBook Air is expected to come with M2 SoC, if the information provided by the YouTuber Jon Prosser is confirmed.
Apple set itself a three-year deadline to renew its entire line of PCs once it had decided to switch from Intel’s x86 to ARM architecture. The brand’s ultraportable was one of the three devices selected to debut the M1 SoC. There was no time for more (it was already enough of a complete architecture change) and the Air was a carbon copy of the Intel model in design.
MacBook Air with M2
Apple’s new ultralight will be completely different from the current model and in addition to the improved internal hardware will come with a completely revamped design. The images you see in the article claim to be renders of the real product. It is not possible to confirm it, but the truth is that it looks great.
The first thing we see is an explosion of color. The new finishes that Apple has introduced in the new iMacs, taking up different shades and other new ones from the 1998 classic, will also be offered in the Air. As opposed to the typical gray, elegant, but already well seen in all manufacturers, we see variants in blue, green, purple, or yellow.
Lighter and thinner than ever, we see trimmed bezels and in white, the same shade as for the keyboard. At the bottom, the four small support feet have been replaced in favor of two large bands that should improve grip and better resist the passage of time.
As for external connectivity, it will have at least two USB Type-C ports, one on each side of the computer. Another new feature will come from the implementation of a Touch-ID sensor in the upper right corner of the keyboard. A full-size HDMI port, a headphone jack, and the Magsafe power supply that Apple does not seem to be abandoning, complete the external ports.
Just as important as the external appearance will be the new features inside that go through the M2. It will be the second generation of the SoC that Apple has developed for the debut of ARM in Macs and will underpin the performance of the original, which was already quite good. It will come as no surprise to those who know that Apple has enormous experience with ARM as it was involved in its development in its early days as Acorn Computer in the 1980s and the proprietary designs it has produced so far for its mobile devices have been able to beat large semiconductor specialists such as Qualcomm or Samsung in performance.
The M2 should be consolidated with improvements in terms of performance and power efficiency. It will be manufactured by TSMC in 5 nm+ processes and will include a 12-core CPU (8 high-performance). The GPU and neural processing unit should advance to the same degree for an SoC that will be used in other devices besides this MacBook Air with M2.