Looks like a new MacBook Air is on the way (and we're not sure what to think)

A product shot of the MacBook Air M2 on an orange background with a white outline
(Image credit: Future/Apple)

Apple's M2 MacBook Air was one of our favourite new devices of 2022, not least because it finally give the Air some long overdue design love. And it could be getting more attention very soon if new reports are to be believed.

We've heard tell for a while that Apple is planning to launch a new 15-inch MacBook Air alongside an updated version of the current 13-inch model. And now, industry analyst Ross Young has claimed that mass production has begun ramping up for a possible launch this month. (Don't fancy waiting? Check out the best MacBook Air deals.)

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A 15-inch model could be on the way (Image credit: Apple)

But while a bigger screen sounds like great news for designers,  when it comes to the internals, multiple reports suggest Apple is set to continue a baffling new trend. 9to5Mac (opens in new tab) claims that both the 13 and 15-inch models will feature a brand new M3 chip, and could arrive as early as April. Both models will allegedly feature "the same entry-level M3 chip," with an 8-core CPU just like M1 and M2. 

On its own, the new MacBook Air sounds great. But just as the Mac line up is starting to make some sense, it sounds like things are about to get confusing again, with the Air packing a more contemporary chip than it's supposedly faster sibling, the Pro.

The 14 and 15-inch MacBook Pro only caught up with the 2022 Air this January, when they were finally given the M2 chip – meaning users can finally enjoy the newest chip in the speediest, 'Pro'-est Mac. If an M3 Air comes along before an M3 Pro, those new M2 MacBook Pros are going to look like old news once more. 

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The MacBook Pro had only just caught up with the Air's M2 chip (Image credit: Apple)

Indeed, all of the best features come to the 'Pro' iPhones before they hit the standard models, with the iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island rumoured to be hitting the standard iPhone 15 this September, a whole year later. It just makes little sense for the Air to lag behind the Pro. 

But it looks like this is the way Apple is choosing to go. Earlier this year, renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed on Twitter (above) that M3 MacBook Pros won't go into mass production until the second half of next year. So if you want the new MacBook Pro while it's still top-of-the-range, you might want to order soon (opens in new tab).

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).