As Apple prepares for its March event, the tech world is hoping for an updated MacBook Pro along with more desktop machines. If you’re looking to update your MacBook, you’ll want to wait until Apple’s next-generation MacBook Air.
The latest leaked details reveal that some major changes are coming to the Air family; from new design; For updated software through advanced chipset. There are three big reasons to skip any updates to the entry-level MacBook Pro and look forward to the shiny new Air later this year.
One of the decisions Apple made when moving from Intel-based chipsets to the Apple silicon flavor was to maintain as much visual continuity as possible. The new ARM-based laptops of 2020 were clearly similar to the older models that everyone was comfortable with. That rest went on because they looked alike. It’s subtle, it doesn’t have any effect on the raw specs, but the mood was musical.
That music was no longer needed when the high-end MacBook Pro laptop was released in 2021. A new angular design reminiscent of the iPad Pro and iPad Air made its debut. Too many I/O ports popped up, and MagSafe came back. You also got a notable upgrade in the display with more vibrant and deeper blacks offered by MiniLED at the show.
When the new MacBook Air model is launched later this year, there’s no doubt that this unified design language will make it to Apple’s popular laptop range. The design can’t be changed after the sale, so if you’re looking for the latest design features, now’s not the time to upgrade.
Are you looking for power? Thanks to improvements in Apple silicon, high-end Macs are able to deliver more power with more efficient battery usage than in years past. Those who need that much power on the go will have the new M1 Mac and M1 Pro MacBook Pro laptops.
One of the strengths of the M1 chipset was how much it was offered at baseline – the entry-level M1 MacBook Air was more than capable for day-to-day use and light media creation work. The MacBook Air is more than “good enough” for most users. Keep that in mind and for most people, the MacBook Air will be the computer they’ve been in for a while. Hit the MacBook Air with the M2 Silicon later this year, and you have the best all-rounder for years to come.
Finally you have to think about all the lessons Apple may have learned since the launch of the first Apple Silicone Vase Mac. For all the design and testing behind closed doors, once the M1 hardware reaches the public the amount of feedback and data will be enormous. All of that will be used to improve the M2.
The same would be true of software. MacOS has picked up several updates since the first ARM-supporting version was released. A full refresh to take into account all the public lessons will likely be rolled out in the macOS update previewed at June’s WWDC ahead of a public release later this year for new hardware in general and that new MacBook in particular. with air.
Buy now in 2020 models, or wait for the latest and greatest? Seems like an easy call to me.
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