Apple reportedly working on thinner, lighter MacBook Air with MagSafe

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Apple is planning to release a new thinner and lighter MacBook Air that will launch in the second half of this year or early next year, according to Bloomberg.

The report said Apple will plan to market the device as a higher-end version of the current MacBook Air, which Apple released in November with its new M1 processor. That device was among three new Apple computers to make the switch away from Intel chips.

Apple’s Mac revenue was up 28% year over year, when the company reported its fiscal fourth-quarter 2020 earnings in October. That boost was helped by millions of people forced to work from home with the ongoing spread of Covid-19.

The new MacBook Air will include Apple’s magnetic charging system called MagSafe, according to the report. MagSafe was used in Apple laptops for years before it was removed over two years ago in place of newer USB-C charging. But, it’s convenient because it allows the charger to pop out easily and helps prevent the laptop from being dragged off a surface if someone pulls the cord or trips on it. MagSafe is also used in the latest iPhone 12 phones, though it has a different design and relies on a magnetic puck accessory that wirelessly charges the phones.

Top Apple analyst, TFI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, said earlier this month that Apple is also planning to launch to new MacBook Pro laptops this year, including models with 14-inch and 16-inch screens, that also include MagSafe. Bloomberg reported the same, but added Apple is also planning an iMac with Face ID, which means it would unlock when you look at it, a smaller version of the Mac Pro computer and a new Mac Pro with an Intel processor.

Read more on Bloomberg.



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