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Ctrl+Alt+Delete: A 15-inch MacBook Air is exactly what Apple is missing

OPINION: Apple has the strongest line-up of laptops on the market right now but there’s an open goal that could make it even better. 

Not only does it have the ultra-sleek MacBook Air with outstanding battery efficiency, but also the MacBook Pro which is arguably the best option for creative professionals, but there’s currently a strange gap in relation to the former.

The latest MacBook Air has a base price of £1249, but if you fancy more power and more exciting features, then you’ll have to spend at least £2149 on the 14-inch MacBook Pro – that’s a huge £900 difference. 

The 13-inch MacBook Pro was supposed to bridge that gap, but I don’t think it succeeded in doing so. With a base price of £1349, it features the same processor as the MacBook Air, but with the added benefit of a fan to keep performance optimal. But with no other notable upgrades, it’s hard to justify picking this laptop over the more affordable MacBook Air. 

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This leaves macOS fans in an odd situation. If you fancy a high-end productivity laptop with a big screen that can go toe to toe with Windows rivals – such as the Dell XPS 15, Huawei MateBook 16s and LG Gram Style – then your best bet is to buy the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Given that that laptop costs a jaw-dropping £2699, it feels like a big waste of money if you aren’t going to make use of the incredible power of M2 Pro or M2 Max chips. This is where a 15-inch MacBook Air could save the day.

Apple has yet to confirm the existence of such a laptop, but serial Apple leaker Mark Gurman claims that we could see a 15-inch version of the MacBook Air arrive as early as this Spring. 

Another well known Apple leaker, Ming-Chi Kuo, has backed up these claims while also predicting that the 15-inch MacBook Air could come in two different flavours: one with an M2 chipset and the other powered by the M2 Pro. 

The 15-inch MacBook Air is also expected to have the same design and featureset of its smaller 13-inch sibling. I am a little disappointed as that probably means that the supresized MacBook Air won’t have a Mini LED display or ProMotion technology, but it’s understandable that Apple would want to reserve those high-end features for the Pro line. 

The current MacBook Air range is already an easy sell but a 15-inch version would be a fantastic option for those who want a basic productivity performance and portable design, but with a larger screen for watching video. 

The more I think about a 15-inch MacBook Air, the more it makes sense. It’s not exactly a revolutionary idea, but it will help to give the Mac range a little more balance. Let’s just hope those rumours are true.

Ctrl+Alt+Delete is our weekly computing-focussed opinion column where we delve deeper into the world of computers, laptops, components, peripherals and more. Find it on Trusted Reviews every Saturday afternoon. 

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