Renders of an unreleased MacBook with new colors and an overhauled design have been shared by Apple leaker Jon Prosser. Although the naming isn’t certain, it’s safe to assume that these renders picture an updated MacBook Air which is planned to be released by early next year.
He suggests that Apple will redesign its cheapest Mac notebook and move from a tappered design to flat edges, with no curves. The rear of the device will use two vertical rubber strips, instead of the more traditional rubber feet on each corner.
Apple may also introduce new colors, similar to what it unveiled with the 24-inch iMac, to the next-generation MacBook Air lineup. These appear to match the muted front of the new iMac, and accomodate white bezels and a white keyboard, moving away from the standard black accents on the current MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
Despite previous claims from Bloomberg, Prosser isn’t clear whether MagSafe could return to the MacBook Air. The company is reportedly developing an updated magnetic charging mechanism that may return as soon as later this year with redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.
Apple was rumoured to release a redesigned MacBook Pro this year, followed by a new MacBook Air in early 2022. It looks to be following the design of the 24-inch iMac, which is aimed at consumers, rather than professionals. The MacBook Pro and higher-end iMac are expected to retain black bezels and use darker colors.