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Apple’s upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air will be powered by the M2 chip, rather than the previously anticipated M3 chip, according to a Korean news aggregator. The report claims that Apple’s decision to go with the M2 chip was not due to any production issues at chipmaker TSMC, but was instead influenced by market conditions and inventory adjustment.
A previous report from Korea had suggested that Apple had temporarily halted production of its M2 series chips earlier this year, following a slump in global demand for MacBooks. However, production reportedly resumed in February, albeit at half the level of the previous year.
Last week, an unreleased 15-inch MacBook Air was spotted in App Store developer logs with a processor “on par” with the M2 chip. The MacBook Air was configured with an 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, and 8GB of RAM, along with a display resolution equal to that of the 14-inch MacBook Pro.
While it’s unclear exactly when the 15-inch MacBook Air will be released, it’s expected to be announced at this year’s WWDC event, which begins on June 5. The existing 13-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip was launched in July 2022 after being announced at the previous year’s WWDC.
The M3-powered Mac is expected to be released at a later date and will represent a transition to a 3-nanometer production process from the current 5-nanometer standard. This new process, which is also being used in this year’s iPhone 15 series, promises significantly improved performance and more efficiency.
It’s not entirely clear why Apple opted for the M2 chip for the upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air, but market conditions and inventory adjustments likely played a role. It’s also possible that Apple simply wanted to save the M3 chip for a later release, which would offer a more significant upgrade for customers.
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Regardless of the reason behind the decision, Apple fans can expect a powerful and efficient device with the upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air, which will be equipped with the M2 chip. With the promise of improved performance and more efficiency with the 3-nanometer production process, the eventual release of an M3-powered Mac will undoubtedly be an exciting prospect for many.