Over the next few months, the MacBook Air will push the MacBook Pro further to the sidelines with consumer offerings that will meet the challenge of everyday life and still have performance left over to enjoy over your latte.
Tim Cook’s decision to finally release a MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen – the first to do so in the MacBook Air’s fifteen-year history – will grab the headlines. The bigger screen has been something many Air fans have been eagerly awaiting, but it might not be the only upgrade that’s going to be big. Apple will also push forward and offer the new design with the latest Apple Silicon technology.
The third-generation chipset was set to debut at this year’s WWDC with the presumably named M3, the 15-inch MacBook Air is likely to debut with this all-new chipset. At the consumer level, Apple Silicon offers more power and flexibility than the Intel MacBook laptops ever achieved. The M1 laptops reset expectations and the M2 added another twenty percent in performance.
It’s likely that the M3 chipsets will offer another step up, at which point the potential for consumers to outgrow the power of even the entry-level M3 is greatly diminished. While professionals will appreciate the M2 Pro and M2 Max specs (and eagerly await the benchmarks the M3 Pro and M3 Max can offer), even the “prosumer” MacBook user will struggle to push for an M3 MacBook Air.
Stepping out of the need for a workstation-class macOS laptop, Apple’s upcoming MacBook Air laptops should deliver everything you need and then some. The only thing missing from that package is an Air with a larger display.
Tim Cook and his team will be offering just that in the next few months.
Skip the MacBook Pro, because the MacBook Air will handle the challenges of your own life.
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