Apple is expected to add a new 12-inch addition to its MacBook Air lineup this year, but the ultraportable notebook won’t be available as early as expected according to new reports from Taiwan citing sources in its supply chain.
While new 11- and 13-inch models are now in production, according to the reports from the Economic Daily News, the 12-inch variant with Retina display won’t be ready for shipping until late in the third quarter. There is a possibility that it will be delayed even further until early 2015.
The new model was expected early in Q3, but according to the report, the next-generation “Broadwell” chip that will power it cannot be produced fast enough by Intel. Don’t be too disappointed, though, because the upgrades expected for the rest of the MacBook Air lineup earlier this year are significant ones.
Sources say we can expect brand new chassis designs — the first since 2010 — as well as new displays and of course, the latest chipsets. These devices will reportedly be available in late August, providing there are no component delays before then.
Apple has already refreshed its MacBook Air lineup this year, but the Cupertino company added only minor bumps in processing speed and a slight price decrease. The last significant update was last summer when the MacBook Air got Intel’s Haswell processors and better battery life.