MacBook 2022: Notch Incoming

It's not been a week since the new MacBook Pro 2021 was released by Apple in their October Event. But, already leaks about the upcoming MacBook Pro from 2022 have started bombarding the market.
And the biggest heading about the new device is - It will feature a notch to house the webcam and other essential video-calling sensors.

The 2022 MacBook Air is rumored to have a notch for the webcam.

Based on a recently reported report, it was suggested that to get a bezel-less look for the forthcoming MacBook Pro refresh, Apple might introduce a notch to the display. This is because it will house a webcam. There is a possibility that Apple might implement this style on laptops in the future.

This is based on a post on a forum in August by the name of Ty98 in which he suggested an Apple 2022 MacBook Air could adopt the design with a notch. Apple updated its MacBook Air last year, and it was among the first generation of Apple computers to feature the latest M1 chipset. But the laptop continued to run on the old model.

But, rumors have been spreading that Apple is likely to redesign its MacBook Air as well, where it'll offer an improved design and smoother edges around the entire device, and it will also sport new colors that are like those of the M1 iMac that launched earlier this year. It appears that aside from the new design and color options, the notch is something to expect to see shortly too.

The notch on laptops is a bit odd, particularly since it will be a part of the menu bar of macOS. There's been no evidence in macOS for a reason to indicate that Apple is reworking macOS in the direction of the notch. So be certain to take this information with a healthy amount of salt until you know for sure.


John Prosser claimed that the MacBook Air (2021) could be released with the same seven colors as the iMac (2021). The colors include blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange, and purple.
Based on renders from Prosser, the brand new MacBook Air laptops could also come with white keycaps, larger function keys, and an even smaller trackpad. The chassis appears smaller and more 'boxy' eliminating the current sloped edges and opting to go with a more contemporary, sharp edge. In the wake of all these rumors, the new design is the slimmest and lighter MacBook Air at this point.

Other leaks and rumors suggest that the whole 2021 MacBook lineup could bring back MagSafe charging. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also suggests that the 2022 MacBook Air will feature a Mini-LED display. Kuo cites "burn-in concerns" as Apple's reason for not going with OLED.

Release date and price details of MacBook Air (2022)

During its October 18th event, Apple may reveal the MacBook Air (2022). The new laptop has been in the news for so long, we had even hoped for a possible announcement during the iPhone unveiling event on 14 September.

The new 24-inch iMac was released in May 2021. Since it featured the identical M1 SoC that was used in the first generation of Apple silicon, it's anybody's guess if the new MacBook Air will feature the identical M1 with an entire design overhaul or if a brand new chip is revealed at the fall celebration.

The currently available MacBook Air model is also very new at less than a year old, which means that while we're expecting brand new laptops to debut on October 18, it could be the much-anticipated MacBook Pro 14-inch and MacBook Pro 16-inch, which would indicate that the new MacBook Air announcement will be moved to 2022.

Since we anticipate these two new MacBook Pro models to contain an unannounced upgraded chipset (likely it's the M1X), it's not likely to be the case that 2022's MacBook Air will contain the same powerful Soc within the same time frame for release.

There have been no official announcements about pricing yet, but we're guessing that an upgrade to the MacBook Air will begin at $999/PS999, similar to the current model.

Other rumors

In addition to Apple silicon technology, the most significant update planned for the next MacBook Air is reportedly a mini-LED, as per multiple reports.
DigiTimes reports that the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, as well as the 16-inch MacBook Pro scheduled for release in 2021, will come with mini LED displays, and the use of mini LED displays will be extended to MacBook Air products by 2022.

Ming-Chi Kuo has reiterated the story in which Apple is planning to upgrade the Macbook Air with a new model with mini-LEDs next year.

The current Apple's top MacBook Air model is available. Air was upgraded in November using Apple's M1 chip. The Air is expected to be even better in 2022 due to the mini-LED tech.
As per Mark Gurman, the new MacBook Air will also bring the return of MagSafe charging for this MacBook Air, just like we've been expecting from the mini LED MacBook Pro (2021).


Major leaps are being made by Apple in their MacBooks. Take for example the new Pro has 3 additional ports.

  • A full-sized HDMI.
  • A USB Type-A
  • A full-sized SD card slot.

And this is only the beginning. Apple has major things planned with Macbook Pro’s and we will always be excited to see what they do bring out.