Apple is developing a thinner and lighter version of the MacBook Air, and according to Bloomberg, the new computer is scheduled to be launched during the second half of this year at the earliest or in 2022.
The new MacBook Air includes Apple’s MagSafe Charging technology and a next-generation version of the company’s internal Mac processors.
Apple has discussed making the updated laptop smaller by reducing the bezels around the screen, which stays at 13 inches.
Apple considered building a larger version of the MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen, but the company canceled those plans.
Removed from the new 2018 design of the MacBook Air, MagSafe is a magnetic charging system, meaning that any accidental pulling of the power cable disconnects it from the laptop rather than pulling out the entire computer.
The new model includes two USB 4 ports to connect external devices, and the new laptop is scheduled to be an advanced version of the current MacBook Air, which is expected to remain in the company’s lineup.
Apple last updated the product in November with its M1 Mac chip, replacing Intel’s processor.
A few years ago, the company was criticized for not updating these computers sufficiently and not paying attention to customer requirements.
In addition to the new MacBook Air, Apple is planning the largest update to the MacBook Pro since 2016, with the first redesign of the iMac in nearly a decade, and the new Mac Pro based on Intel processors.
The upcoming MacBook Pro is an example of Apple’s renewed focus on customers, and it plans to return the SD card slot for the next MacBook Pro so users can insert memory cards from digital cameras.
This feature was removed in 2016, to the annoyance of professional photographers and video makers, and is a major segment of the MacBook Pro user base.
The much criticized Touch Bar, which is the Touch Bar in the current model, is also in the process of being removed.
Apple has also developed basic Mac support for both cellular connectivity – the ability of Macs to connect to the Internet via smartphone networks – and Face ID, the company’s facial recognition system, but neither feature appears to be coming soon.