15-inch MacBook Air: Everything we know before WWDC

Apple is rumored to have several new Macs in store for WWDC 2023 next week. One of those new Macs is expected to be the 15-inch MacBook Air, which is the biggest MacBook Air Apple has ever made. Scroll down as we wrap up everything we know so far about the 15-inch MacBook Air…

15 inch macbook air specifications

The 15-inch MacBook Air is rumored to be powered by Apple’s M2 chip. While there were plans to use the M3 chip within Apple, it was reportedly abandoned due to supply chain issues. Apple is expected to release the first M3 Macs later this year.

According to BloombergThe M.2 chip in the 15-inch MacBook Air will deliver performance comparable to the current 13-inch MacBook Air. It was initially rumored that Apple planned to introduce a 15-inch MacBook Air with an optional M2 Pro chip configuration, but this was also shelved.

The 15-inch MacBook Air’s larger design compared to the 13-inch model could allow Apple to improve things like battery life. The larger the form factor, the more room Apple has inside for the battery. As it stands, the 13-inch MacBook Air offers up to 18 hours of battery life when watching videos and 15 hours when browsing the web.

Other specs to consider are storage and memory. The entry-level 15-inch MacBook Air will feature 8GB of integrated memory with configuration options up to 24GB. Storage will likely start at 256GB, with up to 2TB of storage upgrade available.

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The main feature of the new MacBook Air will definitely be the new 15-inch display. Bloomberg Apple has reported that the machine will have the same resolution as the current 14-inch MacBook Pro, which is 3024 x 1964.

The screen density of the 14-inch MacBook Pro is 254 pixels per inch. The 15-inch MacBook Air runs at the same resolution, but with slightly less sharpness due to the larger screen. It will likely have a pixel density of around 240 pixels per inch.

design

Apple revised the design language of the MacBook Air last year. With the introduction of the M2 13-inch MacBook Air, they switched from the iconic wedge-shaped design to a flat-edged design similar to other products like the MacBook Pro, iPad, and iPhone 14.

The 15-inch MacBook Air will likely use the same design language, albeit in a larger form factor thanks to the bigger screen. We also expect the new machine to be available in the same four color options: Silver, Starlight, Space Gray and Midnight.

As for ports, the 15-inch MacBook Air will have two USB-C ports, as well as a MagSafe connector for charging. There’s no indication that Apple will increase the port count on the 13-inch MacBook Air. If you want additional connectivity options, you’ll have to spring for the 14-inch MacBook Air.

15 inch macbook air price and release date

Following the expected announcement at WWDC 2023 on June 5, the 15-inch MacBook Air will likely be available to order shortly thereafter. The latest supply chain reporting has suggested that Apple’s partners have already built up considerable inventory and are set to start shipping soon.

As far as the price is concerned, there is no concrete rumour. That said, we can glean some insight by looking at the MacBook Pro lineup. The 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499. That’s a $500 difference in price for the larger screen size.

If Apple applies a similar approach to the MacBook Air, we expect the 15-inch model to start at $1,699. That’s $500 more than the current M2-powered 13-inch model.

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference keynote will be held on Monday, June 5 at 10am PT/1pm ET. keep it off 9to5Mac for extensive coverage leading up to the event. We’ll also be on the site all week for WWDC 2023.

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