We've been waiting for the 2022 MacBook Air for a long time, and there are many rumors and speculations that it will appear at Apple's WWDC event on Monday, but what colors can we expect the updated laptop to appear in?

Product leaks and unofficial renderings have suggested that the updated MacBook Air could come in a range of colorful hues, much like the 2021 iMac that Apple released last year. Now, a reliable source has weighed in, suggesting that won't be the case.

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman (opens in a new tab) on Twitter, we'll be getting the standard space gray, silver, and gold back, along with Gurman's "favorite iMac color," which, according to the image he included in his tweet is blue.

The common idea that the new MacBook Air comes in a range of "multiple colors" is probably exaggerated. Currently, it is available in space gray, silver and gold. I wouldn't expect more of these colors (although the new gold looks more like champagne) other than my favorite iMac color. pic.twitter.com/vYl56FOikgJune 3, 2022

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Gurman also says that the gold version of the 2022 MacBook Air will be tweaked: he says "the new gold will be more like champagne", so do what you want with it. On the current model, the options are space gray, silver, and gold.

So instead of a range of new colors (the 24-inch iMac is currently available in a total of seven), we just get the standard selection plus one extra. Gurman is generally accurate in his Apple predictions, though nothing is certain until Apple says so.

The refreshed 2022 MacBook Air is also expected to feature Apple's next-generation M2 chipset, which should mean improvements in performance and battery life over the previous model released in 2020.

Analysis: A Missed Opportunity?

Most of the time, Apple knows what it's doing when it comes to laptop launches, but after so many months of speculation about a colorful MacBook Air lineup, we can't help but feel a little disappointed that the color schemes don't change. so much.

We've already voiced our thoughts on the possible color upgrade - we'd love to see the purple version appear, thank you very much - and it seems that much of the anticipation around the MacBook Air launching in 2022 stems from hope. the design would be changed a bit.

As we argued last year, the same "breath of fresh air" aesthetic that was applied to the iMac lineup would also work well on Apple's mainstream laptop. "New color options... will help the [MacBook Air 2022] stand out as something new and exciting," we wrote at the time.

And we are not the only ones who think so. Concept artists have been busy (opens in a new tab) imagining what colorful MacBook Air laptops might look like, and the results are impressive. We'll have to wait and see what Apple does, but this could be a missed opportunity.

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