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M3 MacBook Air update expected for March 2024

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Apple's next batch of M3 Mac launches may occur in March with New MacBook Air models, but there could be a long wait until M3-equipped versions of the Mac Studio and Mac Pro surface.

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Apple introduced the M3 versions of the 24-inch iMac, 14-inch MacBook Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro in late October, starting the M3 generation strong with the debut of three chip variants. Now, attention turns to the rest of the range, and when it will all move over to the current chip generation.

In Sunday's "Power On" newsletter for Bloomberg, Mark Gurman believes the next launches will include new MacBook Air models. Codenamed J613 and J615, the updated versions will not have much in the way of changes, except for it being a spec-bump update.

Expected around March, the launches of 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air with M3 will be marketed towards owners of M1 and Intel Macs rather than M2 owners. With the 15-inch MacBook Air M2 out since June, that may be too quick an upgrade cycle for those customers.

The M3 Air could also give Apple an opportunity to phase out the M1 MacBook Air from its catalog, and instead make the M2 version the new low-end model.

The last area of the Mac ecosystem to see an update will be the high-end models, specifically the Mac Studio and Mac Pro. However they "probably won't get upgraded to the end of 2024 at the earliest, if not 2025," writes Gurman.