Leaker: All-new MacBook Air to get ‘M2’ chip, MagSafe, 1080p camera; stupid notch unconfirmed

Reliable leaker dylandkt on Twitter offered some specs on Apple’s upcoming 2022 M2 MacBook Air on Thursday, saying the all-new notebook will trade its iconic wedge shape for a squared-off design that is more in line with the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

Back in May, leaker Jon Prosser released this render of what he claims is Apple's all-new MacBook Air
Back in May, leaker Jon Prosser released this render of what he claims is Apple’s all-new MacBook Air

Mikey Campbell for AppleInsider:

dylandkt claims the upcoming MacBook Air once again lacks fans, suggesting “M2” is a low-power, high-efficiency chip.

Mini-LED is considered “likely” and the machine is expected to incorporate a 1080p camera, but the leaker was unable to confirm whispers that Apple will adopt a camera housing “notch.” ProMotion variable refresh rate technology, which was introduced to MacBook Pro this week, will not make an appearance on the new MacBook Air, according to dylandkt.

Other MacBook Pro features supposedly set for integration include full-size function keys and MagSafe charging, the latter of which will draw power from a 30W adapter. Peripheral connectivity, including support for at least two external monitors, will be accomplished via USB-C ports, but an SD card reader and HDMI are not expected.

MacDailyNews Take: MagSafe across all of Apple’s MacBooks will be a welcome return to the good old days, remedying a design capitulation that never should have been made in the first place. Yum!

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  1. No problems with the notch. Just because –YOU– don’t like it makes it ‘stupid’. I have no doubt the designers, engineers and everyone associated with the design and construction, software etc etc all have significantly more expertise.

    1. People who don’t mind the notch would also be fine with a barcode on their forehead. I don’t blame Apple’s designers and engineers, beancounter Tim Cook made this decision to save money.

  2. Based on videos shown in the presentation, of the notch on the new MacBooks, when apple displays apps in full screen mode, the full horizontal band going across the notch is totally blackened out. Thus any time an app is in full screen mode, the mac is behaving exactly as though there were absolutely no notch,

    When NOT in full screen mode, the notch is taking space ONLY from the menu bar, which space would be totally wasted anyway.

    IMO apple has given us very small bezels all around with, much less wasted space, and absolutely no downside.

    Just how is that stupid?

    1. TO add to my point above:

      If apple didn’t use the notch, the ENTIRE menu bar would appear BELOW the camera (when not in full screen mode) subtracting space from the rest of the screen, and the wasted space would be that entire menu bar.

  3. Please move past the “stupid notch” editorial comments. It’s getting tedious. It doesn’t bother me and I appreciate the slight increase of screen space. Don’t like it, don’t buy it. I’m buying.

  4. Please stop saying ”stupid nocht“!!!!!

    Stupid is trying to sell news with such headlines. Let customers discover themself if they like a product or they don’t.

    If you don’t like it then don’t buy it. Period!!!

  5. I agree with MDN about the notch. I had planned on ordering two MBP’s. Not now, I will wait until the notch disappears.

    If the notch wasn’t an eyesore then why is Apple hiding it in most of the promo renders on its own webpage.

    “Imagine putting a piece of electrical tape on your laptop at the 12 O’clock position…permanently.”

    ”The notch is a distraction, as if someone left a barbecue sauce thumbprint in the middle of the top of my screen when opening it.”

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