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MacBook Air 2022 rumored release date, price and specs

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Rumors of a new MacBook Air 2022 are in the air after Apple's October 2021 unveiling of the new 14-inch MacBook Pro 2021 and 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 packing new M1 Pro or M1 Max chips.

After the success of the MacBook Air with M1, Apple is under pressure to deliver an even more impressive version of its affordable ultraportable. But there's still room for improvement, especially as the MacBook Air's design is looking a little long in the tooth compared to slim and light laptops from the likes of Dell and Asus.

Current rumors point towards a new design with thinner display bezels and a whole suite of new colors. So read on for everything we know so far about the MacBook Air 2022. 

MacBook Air 2022 news and rumors (updated December 6)

MacBook Air 2022 rumored release date

Once again the MacBook Air 2022 has been tipped for a launch and release next year

But so far no specifics have been hinted at. That leaves us in the realm of guesswork. We'd cautiously suggest the next MacBook Air could arrive in the spring of 2022, as Apple has previously released new MacBook Air laptops around that time. It would also give people a fresh alternative to the new MacBook Pro machine, which are seriously pricey and very much for professionals. 

MacBook Air 2022 price speculation

Currently the most affordable way to get a MacBook, the Air starts at $999. We'd expect Apple to mostly stick with that pricing in order to keep competitive with Windows laptops. 

But like a lot of Apple devices, expect that price to jump up when additional RAM and storage is added in. 

MacBook Air 2022 design

MacBook Air 2021 concept

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The reason why you should hold out for the MacBook Air 2022 over the current MacBook Air M1 is that the rumored next-gen model could have a redesign. 

MacBook Air 2021 concept Touch ID

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Slimmer bezels are expected and on of the 5 things we want from the next MacBook Air. However, that could also mean a notch in the top of the display for the camera, as seen on the MacBook Pro 2021 and suggested in a render by Jon Prosser.

But a more recent suite of renders, reportedly based on CAD designs from supposedly within Apple, show a MacBook Air 2022 with no display notch after all. This might be good news for people who are very anti-notch. But it could mean the next MacBook Air won't benefit from getting super-slim bezels, though this doesn't means there'll be no slimming of bezels at all, just it might not be as significant as those on the latest MacBook Pros. 

And the screen is tipped it use a mini-LED display like the iPad Pro 2021 and new MacBook Pros, which should see a boost in brightness and colors. 

More colors are also expected, seeing Apple move away from just Space Gray and Silver. Off-white has been tipped along with other colors that draw inspiration from the pastel hues of the iMac 2021.

MacBook Air 2021 concept

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There's no word on a keyboard or track pad upgrade, But the Force Touch track pad is one of the best around, And after Apple moved away from the Butterfly keyboard mechanism to re-adopting a scissor key mechanism, typing on MacBooks has been greatly improved. 

MacBook Air 2022 MagSafe and ports

MacBook Air 2021 concept MagSafe

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For longtime MacBook fans, MagSafe charging was seen as a defining feature, one that separated Apple from PCs. Unfortunately, Apple removed MagSafe following fire safety concerns and a switch to USB Type-C. 

But with MagSafe now back on the new MacBook Pros, it's likely to make its way over to the next MacBook Air. And the rumors thus far have hinted at it coming back to the next-gen Air as well. 

However, while the new MacBook Pros also got an SD card reader and HDMI port, one detailed leak claims that the MacBook Air could stick with USB-C ports only. That's wouldn't be a huge deal thanks to USB-C enabling a greater degree of connectivity, but people who want more port access might have to embrace the dongle life.

MacBook Air 2022 specs

The current MacBook Air made waves by coming with the Apple M1 chip, a slice of silicon designed in-house by Cupertino's engineers. It delivered impressive performance, given it's a chip that runs on ARM's RISC architecture rather than the x86 architecture of Intel-powered MacBooks and Windows laptops. 

While the new MacBook Pros get an upgraded take on the M1 chip, the MacBook Air is tipped to get the Apple M2 chip. Rumored to use a 4-nanometer process node, this chip is expected to favor efficiency over the raw performance offered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. 

A separate report via The Information says that Apple the new chip for the MacBook Air is codenamed Ibiza and it could be based on a 3-nanometer process.

As for actual chip specs, the rumors here have got a little muddied as recent leaks now look to have been about upgraded M1 chips, not the M2 chip. But expect more performance and better battery life from the next MacBook Air. 

RAM and storage is likely to start at the same amounts as the current Air, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD space. But we'd not be surprised if Apple were to offer 16GB of RAM and storage up to 1TB for the MacBook Air 2022. 

MacBook Air 2022 outlook

While the current MacBook Air is rather good, it's arguably due a redesign. And that what the rumors are pointing towards for the MacBook Air 2022. 

If we can get a better display with narrow bezels, as well as an upgraded chip set and MagSafe charging, we'll can see the next MacBook Air having some serious appeal, especially as it'll likely be a lot cheaper than the new MacBook Pros. 

Alex Wawro

Alex Wawro is a lifelong tech and games enthusiast with more than a decade of experience covering both for outlets like Game Developer, Black Hat, and PC World magazine. He currently serves as a senior editor at Tom's Guide covering all things computing, from laptops and desktops to keyboards and mice.