Apple MacBook Air M3

13″ & 15″ MacBook Air M3 could be released in 2024

Apple 13″ MacBook Air M3 $1599.00? minimum as recommended below
Apple 15″ MacBook Air M3 $1899.00? minimum as recommended below

Do not buy a computer with 8GB memory and a 256GB SSD! Why any musician or creator would buy a new system constrained like this in 2023 is beyond me. If properly configured Apple silicon is too expensive for you, buy used or refurbished.

I’m not going to play with you here, or hem and haw like many YouTubers do. 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD are not enough for musicians and creators. It’s tight now and has a negative future-proofing factor. A 16GB memory upgrade for $200 and a 512GB SSD upgrade for $200 are seriously the minimum of what you need.

My minimum Apple computer recommendation for musicians and creators is 16GB memory and 512GB SSD or more. Any less than this does not make performance or economic sense. You will regret buying an Apple M Series system with 8GB memory and a 256GB SSD.

There has been a great deal of MacBook Air M3 rumor activity. I think it is safe to say it will not be released in 2023 Q2 or Q3. The earliest possible scenario would be 2023 Q4 but most likely in 2024.

We do know Apple is trying to move M Series processor upgrades to an annual rhythm like the A Series processors for iPhones etc. We also know that Apple supplier TSMC’s 3-nanometer process is in production and that Apple has purchased 100% of that capacity.

I think it’s also safe to say there will be 13″ and 15″ models, and that there will be no significant design changes from M2 models.

I think it is also safe to say the performance and efficiency of the M3 will be improved over M1 and M2. However M1/M2 Pro/Max/Ultra systems will still be better choices for higher performance. I wouldn’t delay purchasing M1/M2 higher end iterations for the base processor M3.

M3 Pro/Max/Ultra systems might be a different issue, but those will likely not be available until 2024 as well

Other than these things, there is not much to say for the moment. I will certainly update this page as more information becomes available.

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