Apple’s rumored 15-inch MacBook Air is long overdue

Some of the spiciest news to leave the Apple rumor mill this month tells us the company plans to release a 15-inch MacBook Air. Actually, it might not even be called a MacBook ‘Air,’ but it would at least offer a lighter and cheaper alternative to the 16-inch MacBook Pro for those who would like a big screen on their laptop.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard this rumor, but it seems likely to be true thanks to recent reports by Display Supply Chain Consultant and Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo. Unfortunately, such a device might not arrive until 2023.

I always suggest taking rumors so far in the future with a big grain of salt — predictions could be based on fluid projects, or Apple could simply change its mind — but as far as I’m concerned, a 15-inch MacBook Air is long overdue. In 2022, there’s no reason a larger screen needs to be exclusive to the highest-performing (and most expensive) laptops.

That wasn’t always the case. For most of the time I’ve tested and reviewed laptops (since circa 2014, for those who care) there’s been a clear performance divide between 13-inch and 15-inch laptops. That was especially true among mainstream laptops in the ‘premium’ tier.

13-inch laptops were the ultimate portable PCs, filling countless lecture halls and coffee shops. Those were the laptops you got because you just needed a laptop and would rather it not weigh you down.