Apple is reportedly planning to launch a new MacBook Air in 2024 that will be powered by the company's next-generation M3 chip. The new MacBook Air is expected to feature a thinner and lighter design than the current model, as well as a new flat-edge design similar to the 24-inch iMac.
According to Bloomberg, the M3 chip is expected to be manufactured using TSMC's 3nm process, which will make it more powerful and efficient than the M2 chip. The M3 chip is also expected to feature a new unified memory architecture, which will improve performance and power efficiency.
In addition to the new M3 chip, the 2024 MacBook Air is also expected to feature a new 1080p FaceTime HD camera, a larger trackpad, and a MagSafe charging port. The new MacBook Air is also expected to be available in a variety of colors, including silver, space gray, gold, and blue.
Apple has not yet confirmed any details about the 2024 MacBook Air, but the report from Bloomberg is in line with previous reports about the next-generation MacBook Air. The new MacBook Air is expected to be a major upgrade over the current model, and it could be one of the most popular laptops of 2024.
Reported Apple M3 Chip Specs
As we reported in May when rumors of the M3 launch first emerged, the chipset will take mac computing up a level. The M3 chip will reportedly use TSMC's 3-nanometer process, which is more powerful and efficient than the 5-nanometer process of the M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max chips.
The report says that the M3 chip will have up to four dies with up to 10 cores each, for a total of 40 cores. The M3 chip will also support up to 64GB of RAM and up to 16 GPU cores.
The report quotes a source who says they have a Mac mini prototype with the M3 chip. The source says that the Mac mini got over 12,000 points in single-core and over 80,000 points in multi-core tests on Geekbench 5, which are better than the scores of the new M2 chips.
Apple's transition from Intel to its own silicon has been very successful so far, with the M1 chip delivering impressive performance and battery life in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, and iPad Pro.
The M3 chip will be Apple's third iteration of its custom-designed processors for Macs, and it will likely bring another leap in performance and efficiency. Apple is known for its tight integration of hardware and software, and the M3 chip will enable new features and capabilities for macOS and its apps.