A 15-inch MacBook Air may be in the works and set to make history — here's why

MacBook Air M2
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The brand spankin' new M2 MacBook Air is hitting store shelves in July starting at $1,199, but if a larger model with beefier internals piques your interest, you may want to wait a few months. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is working on launching a novel 15-inch MacBook Air. If this is true, it'd be the first MacBook Air to break from the 13.3-inch display size in the line's 14-year history.

That's not all. Apple is also reportedly rolling out a 12-inch laptop — a form factor Apple abandoned in 2019 when it discontinued the MacBook. Both will feature next-generation, custom-made chips, giving Apple an edge over other OEMs that continue to partner with Intel, AMD or Qualcomm.

Everything we know about the alleged 15-inch MacBook Air

Apple unveiled the M2-equipped MacBook Air at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday. It's packed with a 13.6-inch Retina display, and according to the Bloomberg report, Apple planned on releasing a 15-inch variant too, but decided against it to focus its efforts on the 13.6-inch model.

M2 MacBook Air

M2 MacBook Air (Image credit: Apple)

The 15-inch MacBook Air is, of course, wider than its 13-inch counterpart. Citing an unnamed source, Bloomberg added that Apple plans to release it in spring 2023. As mentioned, the laptops will sport the tech giant's latest, in-house processors. After Apple announced its dissolved partnership with Intel and began refreshing its devices with custom-made ARM CPUs, the Cupertino-based tech giant experienced a "resurgence for the Mac lineup," Bloomberg said, due to the chips' industry-leading performance.

As of this writing, Apple has only captured 9% of the laptop market. Dell currently holds 18%, HP has 20%, and Lenovo leads the pack at 24%. The MacBook maker, according to Bloomberg, is hoping these figures change in its favor, thanks to its zippier processors.

As mentioned, Apple is also working on a 12-inch laptop that is poised for a late 2023 or early 2024 release. It would be the company's tiniest laptop since the 12-inch MacBook, which launched in 2015; Apple discontinued it in 2019. Bloomberg said it doesn't have any information on whether the 12-inch laptop is a MacBook Pro or part of a lower-end Mac family.

I'm not too gung-ho about a 12-inch laptop — that's smaller than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. However, perhaps Apple can prove us wrong and roll out a spectacular laptop in a tiny package. An ultralight laptop with the power and battery life of the MacBook Air could be awfully tempting as a business laptop or college laptop.

Kimberly Gedeon

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!