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Apple is reportedly planning a 15-inch MacBook Air

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There’s been extensive reporting on Apple’s upcoming MacBook Air redesign, but new information suggests it could come in two sizes. According to Display Supply Chain Consultants’ latest quarterly report (through 9to5Mac and AppleInsider), Apple is working on a 15-inch version of the laptop to sit next to the 13-inch model, which could also get a slightly larger screen.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo followed in the report, saying mass production is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2023. Kuo also says the laptop will be designed to use the same 30W adapter as the MacBook Air, which would put it well below the latest MacBook Pro machines in power consumption. Finally, Kuo notes that this new laptop “may not be called a MacBook Air,” which is more a matter of branding than anything and likely represents speculation for a product so far removed from production.

Bloomberg reported early last year that Apple had considered making a 15-inch MacBook Air in addition to the 13-inch redesign, but ultimately decided not to produce it.

Apple hasn’t offered cheaper laptops in larger screen sizes for a long time. You’d have to go back to the days of the iBook G4 and PowerBook G4, which were discontinued in 2006 with the Intel transition, to find a non-Pro Apple laptop with a screen size over 13 inches — the iBook. G4 had a 14-inch version. A MacBook Air-class device with a larger screen could be a popular option among users who want more screen space but don’t need the performance of a 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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