Equipped with an M1 upgraded version, the new Macbook Air has a lot of watching focuses

Intel and Apple which embraced ARM, are gradually moving away from each other. Mac series notebook computers from home should be replaced by M series processors. In the future, Mac series desktop computers may also enter the ARM camp-provided that the M1 successor performance It’s really awesome. Apple is currently developing a “thinner and lighter” MacBook Air, which will be released as early as the second half of this year or 2022. The new MBA will include Apple’s MagSafe magnetic bonding charging technology and the next-generation version of the self-developed Mac processor, which is the M1 upgraded version-the name is to be determined.


There are signs that Apple is still considering building a larger MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen to further expand the product line, and there are also processor considerations. At present, MBA is the leader in the ARM camp, and more models are inevitable. The new 13-inch MacBook Air has a pair of USB4 ports for connecting external devices and supports SD card readers.


Although the next generation of MacBook Air will be thinner and lighter, the positioning of this yet-to-be MBA may be high-end, while the earlier M1 chip MacBook Air will be sold at the original parity position, giving consumers more choices. Earlier this month, Tianfeng Securities Guo Mingchi and another whistleblower Mark Gurman released the news that Apple will launch new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros in the third quarter of this year. The release time of the new MBA should be a bit later.

The compatibility of the M1 chip is also a time bomb that has attracted more attention. Many netizens have said that some of Apple’s M1 Mac models are prone to rapid user switching errors. The fault symptom is that the screen saver is automatically activated and the user unable to dismiss. Specifically, when the screen saver appears on the screen, the mouse pointer can still move on it, but everything else does not work properly. The user must close and reopen the lid of the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, or tap the Power/ Touch ID key or Alt-Command-Q key combination to return to the login page.

Earlier today, Apple released the macOS Big Sur 11.2 RC 2 version, mainly to fix some bugs, such as the black screen of M1 processor devices. According to the current Apple rhythm, macOS Big Sur 11.2 is expected to be released this week. After all, they have tested two versions in a row before this, and the main focus is to fix problems. To put it simply, this fix is ​​mainly: when the administrator password is entered, the system preferences may not be unlocked; after disabling the “Desktop and Document Folder” option of iCloud Drive, iCloud Drive may be closed; ProRAW photos may not be saved for editing, etc.


The return of the MagSafe magnetic charging interface can be regarded as happy and worrying for consumers who are now accustomed to the Type-C interface. First of all, let’s talk about the worrisome side. The exclusive charging cable with MagSafe magnetic charging is not as strong as the Type-C cable in versatility, and the third-party products users can choose are relatively limited. Of course, the advantage of MagSafe is that it is convenient to connect. An accidental power failure will not physically damage the computer. The new interface may also bring faster-charging speed.


Another possible change is the Touch Bar, the touch area above the MacBook Pro keyboard. In the current market and consumer feedback, this feature is an innovation with a lower frequency of use and is a genuine taste. Even some developers have developed recreational content such as “raising pets” and “playing games” in order to make the most of this area. Therefore, it is not surprising if Apple decides to castrate them in the future.

In addition, the new MacBook Pro and MBA will have higher contrast and brightness screens, and the overall shape of the new machine has also been improved. It is a bit like the angular shape of the iPad Pro and iPhone 12 series, which is also in line with Apple’s entire design language of the hardware product line. Finally, will Apple’s self-developed 5nm GPU be released with the new notebook? This question is left to you to judge.