Apple's new MacBook Air design might not be so controversial after all

Ever since the new MacBook Pro emerged last month, Apple fans have been wondering which device is next in line for the notch treatment. The controversial design touch made the leap from smartphone to laptop with the new MacBook Pro, and rumours have suggested the Air could be next. But new renders are now suggesting the opposite.

Supposedly based on leaked CAD files, the new MacBook Air renders reveal a thinner and lighter design, available in multiple colours, matching up with previous rumours. But here, there isn't a notch in sight. (In the market for new kit? Check out the best Apple Black Friday deals). 

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Corroborating recent renders by other concept artists, these new visualisations by LeaksApplePro feature a flat-edged design, doing away with the wedge-like shape of the current MacBook Air. And much like the new MacBook Pro, it seems ports are back in fashion, with MagSafe, Thunderbolt and a headphone jack all included. 

We're even seeing pastel colours and white bezels, both strongly reminiscent of the 2021 iMac and its retro palette. But what's absolutely, definitely, unmistakably missing is the notch. For the legions of detractors out there, this can only be a good thing – the notch has long been considered a blight on Apple's supposedly 'all-screen' displays. 

2022 MacBook Air render

A render of the upcoming MacBook Air (Image credit: LeaksApplePro)

But the removal of the notch has come at a cost in these new renders. The white bezels around the display are noticeably larger here, which presumably means the display is slightly smaller. As for which is better, that's up to you – as a creative, would you prefer a slightly smaller screen, or a larger one with the potential distraction of an unsightly notch? 

MacBook Air render

Previous MacBook Air renders have included a notch (Image credit: Jon Prosser)

Of course, we'll have to wait and see what Apple really has up its sleeve for the next MacBook Air, which is rumoured to be arriving next year. From the inclusion of the powerful M1 Pro chip to a brand new name (the 'Air' moniker might finally be on the way out), we've already heard plenty of tantalising tidbits about the new notebook. Check out our MacBook Air 2022 rumours page for everything in one place.

MacBook Pro 16 (2021)

The new MacBook Pro was released last month (Image credit: Apple)

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.