New 15.5-inch MacBook Air model coming in 2023

Apple's cheapest MacBook is getting plumped up!

MacBook Air M2
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It's been a frustrating year for MacBook fans. Many expected to see some new models released in October, but instead we only saw the new iPad (10th Gen) and iPad Pro M2 models.

Now, updates to Apple's laptop range look more likely to appear in the new year. Many had expected to see new variants for the MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch models, to see M2 variants of their respective Pro and Ultra chips included.

But another device has just been leaked, and it looks brilliant. The MacBook Air M2 was released earlier this year, but news has leaked of a larger model coming out in 2023. As reported by MacRumours (opens in new tab), respected display supply chain analyst Ross Young announced the news to his Super Followers on Twitter.

The 15.5-inch M2 MacBook Air is expected to largely follow the design and spec cues of the current 13-inch model, but with more screen real estate. The size fills a gap in Apple's overall range too, sitting in between the two MacBook Pro models on offer at the moment.

There is currently a question mark over the chip that will appear in this model. It seems likely that the base model will feature the M2 chip, but rumours have suggested that the M2 Pro chip could be available on some models. That would give the 15.5-inch model a significant boost over the current 13-inch variant, offering a real reason for people to upgrade.

I'm excited by this model. I've been using the older MacBook Air M1 for a few years now, and have yet to find a reason to change tact. But the larger screen size, potentially coupled with a much more powerful processor could be just the combination required for me to make the jump.

If the price is right, I can see many people ending up in the same boat. This model is expected to be released in the spring of 2023, so it wont be too long before we get to  see more details.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at T3.com, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.