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You may have seen the exclusive M2 MacBook Air CAD files I Tweeted about on November 22 – today, I want to tell you all about them and give you a few exclusive details.
What Are CAD Files?
What you see below is a screenshot of the M2 MacBook Air CAD file. These files are common in a variety of industries and companies, including Apple.
They are used by engineers, designers, production managers, etc. They let everyone in the supply chain know the details of what the product they’re working on will look like.
These are useful files, but they are also extremely dangerous. If someone who should not have them manages to obtain or copy them, all the secrecy of the product design is gone. It turns out I have them, so I decided to share them with you.
If you have a CAD viewer, you can open the files and play with them like a real Apple engineer or Foxconn executive would. If you do not have such a program, you can use one online for free. There are many free options for all devices. The first time I opened it, I used my iPhone – and it worked.
New MacBook Air Design
First, let me tell you about the design. As you can see from the renders, Apple wants to leave the MacBook Air design behind and focus on a more angular device. I do not personally know the reasons behind this, but I believe it translates into more space inside without making the MacBook Air look thicker.
The bezels are also changing. In my opinion, this is not a good thing. Apple is making them white. Personally, I think white bezels look much worse than black bezels. Most people agreed that the 24″ iMac would look much better with the second option, rather than the first.
What I can tell you, based on some information I’ve received from sources who wish to remain anonymous, is that Apple wants to make the differences between Pro and non-Pro devices more apparent. Apple knows that most people don’t like white bezels, or maybe they do, but they prefer black bezels. But it will encourage those people to pay extra for what they really want.
Buyers will be tempted to opt for Pro devices that are much more expensive (and that most people will not take full advantage of). Now we’ll move on to the MacBook Air’s ports.
New MacBook Air Ports
As you can see in the CAD files, we are dealing with two USB-C ports, one on each side, a MagSafe 3 port on the left side, and an audio jack on the right side.
Compared to what we just saw on the redesigned MacBook Pros, that’s not a lot of ports, but we have to keep in mind that on the 2020 M1 MacBook Air we only had two USB-C ports and an audio jack – so the inclusion of MagSafe 3 is welcome.
Based on the CAD files, I do not expect this new computer to have a notch like the MacBook Pro. This is great because no one can hide a white notch. It would look terrible. I am glad Apple isn’t including it this time. As for the screen, I expect it to be a mini-LED display, but without ProMotion. Other leakers have confirmed this as well, so I think it’s a pretty safe bet.
Believe it or not, I think Apple will sell millions of these new devices. They will be colorful and powerful just like the 24″ iMac. As you know, I have made the CAD files available to everyone. So if you want them on your computer, I’ll leave you a link here so you can download them. Thanks so much for reading!
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]