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Apple Developing 15-inch MacBook Air for 2023 and 12-inch MacBook: Report

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According to Bloomberg, Apple has some big plans for its next MacBook Air and other laptops in the coming year or so.

Mark Gurman reports a 15-inch MacBook Air is being developed and could debut as early as spring 2023, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. The new larger MacBook Air would be a wider version of the new M2-powered 13.6-inch version unveiled at WWDC this week. Gurman says Apple has previously planned a 15-inch MacBook Air but reconsidered for the 13.6-inch size instead.

Also coming is a new 12-inch MacBook, said to be released at the end of 2023 or early 2024 and it’s unclear if this would be a regular or Pro version. Apple previously had a 12-inch MacBook but it was discontinued in 2019.

Gurman reports new M2 Pro and M2 Max-powered MacBook Pros are slated for the end of 2022, and if not then by early 2023. The new 14-inch and 16-inch models have codenames J414 and J416, getting chip upgrades over existing models that are powered by M1.

The M2 Pro and M2 Max will have 12 main processing cores and up to 38 graphics cores, up from 10 and 32 respectively in M1 versions. Apple is also testing new Mac mini and Mac Pro versions powered by M2. Gurman says Apple has development on M3 already and it could hit the iMac and other products in the future.

Apple has plans for a larger iPad Pro in 2023 (echoing a report from this morning), while this year will see updated 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros still. It’s likely the new iPad Pro lineup will get an M2 upgrade, like clockwork.

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