Rendered images of a new and redesigned MacBook Air with new colors said to be based on leaked photos of the product have been showcased in a video by a known leaker.
The first run of Macs with custom Apple Silicon retained their old design paradigm and colors to simplify the release process. Apple is expected to redesign future models to bring them in line with the 24-inch iMac with new color choices and off-white bezels around the displays.
When Jon Prosser receives images of unreleased products, he generally doesn't share them directly. Instead, he passes along the leaked images to a rendering artist to produce images based on the leaks. This keeps his original source safe in case of incriminating evidence found in the original photos.
Prosser shared the renders of the redesigned MacBook Air and information surrounding the product on his YouTube channel Front Page Tech.
The redesigned MacBook Air appears to be similar to the current model with slight modifications. Apple doesn't have much space to make this laptop any thinner, but can improve various design elements to make it more modern. The redesigned MacBook Air will be ultra-thin without a wedge-shape, Prosser says, with barely enough thickness to fit the USB-C port.
A slim off-white bezel replaces the black bezel found on the previous MacBook Air models. The muted interior color and off-white bezel keep from throwing off the perceived color accuracy of the display. Prosser's render isn't based on the images he saw, so bezel thickness could change. He did confirm the bezel will be the off-white seen on the 24-inch iMac.
The photos seen by Prosser were disassembled part images, and not the final constructed product. Using these images, the render artist was able to create an approximate representation of the design. The leaker says that the other colors resemble those found in the 24-inch iMac.
Prosser's history with product leaks has been fairly accurate. So far, any rendered image he claims is based on photographic evidence has been hit or miss. He had previously shown off the AirTag and AirPods Max in this manner with near-perfect renders.
Apple said that the transition to Apple Silicon would take about two years in June 2020. The company is unlikely to release redesigned versions of products already using the M1 processor soon, so expect a redesigned MacBook Air after the Apple Silicon transition is complete — fall 2022 at the earliest.
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