New MacBook Air‌ 2021 in the works — and it could come with these killer features

MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
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Apple is reportedly working on its next-generation MacBook Air. It's expected to be smaller yet more powerful than its 2020 predecessor with Apple's upcoming processor.

The next version of Apple's MacBook Air is expected to use MagSafe technology, which is also predicted to be a feature returning feature with the 2021 MacBook Pro models, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

Apparently, there were even plans in place for Apple to come out with a 15-inch MacBook Air model but have now been held back for this upcoming generation. Instead, Apple is considering making the laptop smaller by "shrinking the border around the screen", but still keeping its 13-inch size. The laptop will also boast a pair of USB 4 ports

Like the MacBook Pro models, the MacBook Air is expected to come out either towards the second-half of 2021 or closer to the start of 2022. However, it isn't meant to replace the MacBook Air 2020, as Apple will make this its entry-level laptop.

This definitely leads to thinking the next-generation MacBook Air will be an upgrade that packs more of a punch. The current MacBook Air model already flaunts brilliant performance (check out our review), so there are high hopes for the next-gen processor the new model will boast.  

The Bloomberg report also gives us a better tease of what else is to come with the MacBook Pro models. Apple is also looking to bring back an SD card slot, which is great news for photographers looking to insert their memory cards from digital cameras.

For now, all we can do is speculate, but you can decide whether you should get a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro for 2021

Darragh Murphy

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.