Apple WWDC 2022 is taking place today, and a lot of opportunities to launch new devices have been made. Now, well-connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gorman has doubled down on his earlier prediction that the 2022 MacBook Air will be officially unveiled this week.
“I think the only way that doesn’t happen is if factory closures in China cause such a hole in the supply and release date that it doesn’t make sense to announce it on Monday,” chirp (Opens in a new tab).
The launch of the new MacBook Air is planned at WWDC. I think the only way for that not to happen is for factory closures in China to have left such a hole in the supply and release date that it doesn’t make sense to announce it on Monday. https://t.co/Swb1xJ1wNS4 June 2022
Suffice it to say that it should be just waiting. Remember that in 2017, Apple was perfectly happy to leave a 52-day gap between the reveal of the iPhone X and the phone that goes on sale in November. And that was with another new piece of hardware – the iPhone 8 – to get 42 days.
However, it seems that those excited about the possibility of the new MacBook Air getting a colorful makeover will be disappointed.
“The often-circulated notion that the new MacBook Air will come in a range of ‘multiple colors’ is probably an exaggeration,” Gorman wrote in a previous tweet (Opens in a new tab). “Now available in grey, silver and gold.”
He added that we might also get his favorite iMac color blue, and that gold would be more “like champagne.”
June 6 updates: In a Bloomberg follow-up report (Opens in a new tab)The new Air will likely come in dark blue and champagne-like gold, as well as gray and silver, Gorman says. He also says to expect MagSafe charging and dual USB-C ports.
Perhaps the much-circulated idea that the new MacBook Air will arrive in a range of “several colours” is an exaggeration. Now available in grey, silver and gold. I wouldn’t expect more from those colors (although the new gold color will be more like champagne) plus my favorite iMac color. pic.twitter.com/vYl56FOikgJune 3, 2022
If Gurman is correct, it appears that the new MacBook Air will not reflect the rainbow colors of the 24-inch iMac, but the more limited palette of the iPhone 13 Pro, which comes in Sierra Blue, Graphite, Gold, and Silver colors. Yes, there is also Alpine Green, but this is a very recent addition and is not part of the original lineup.
The Bloomberg Reporter didn’t add anything else, but we’re hoping for a first sight of the M2 chip, plus slimmed-down bezels, more ports, and a return of MagSafe. However, we don’t expect the display to be upgraded to mini-LED technology. You can find a summary of all the expected changes coming to the following MacBook Air models elsewhere.
Interesting brand evidence recently indicated that Apple is giving the world a peek at its upcoming VR/AR glasses at WWDC. Gorman didn’t mention this in his tweets, but he was somewhat pessimistic last week that it was a proper launch.
“Although Apple’s upcoming mixed reality headset will launch at full throttle – and confirmed by the device’s recent demo to the company’s board of directors – I would be wary of expecting a full presentation to developers and consumers next week,” he said.
Crucially, that doesn’t rule out a first look or a joke, and that’s my current thinking. In order to successfully launch a big new product line, Apple needs a lot of great software from day one – and a captive audience of developers seems to be the best place to start rolling, even if the final product is still several months away.
We’ll find out for sure on June 6 when the event kicks off with a keynote from CEO Tim Cook at 10AM PT, 1PM ET, and 6PM GMT. Here’s how to watch WWDC 2022 live.