Rumor: 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air could be delayed until 2015

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Date: Monday, July 21st, 2014, 09:22
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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You may have to wait a little longer for the 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air.

Per AppleInsider and Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, current rumors have it that Apple’s 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air could be delayed until 2015 given processor supply constraints, while the release of the next-generation 11-inch and 13-inch models will be on time as partner suppliers in East Asia are receiving parts for mass production.

The current stories claim a rumored 12-inch MacBook Air may see its release date pushed back to late 2014 or early 2015, while parts for Apple’s refreshed 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air models are now being shipped to partner supplier Quanta ahead of production next month.


Causing the reported delay for the 12-inch model is short supply of Intel’s latest 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, the publication said. Current estimates peg release of the mid-size Air at the end of the third quarter or, more conservatively, in early 2015.

The rumor follows a report from June that also hinted at a delayed release for the 12-inch MacBook Air, saying Quanta would start mass production of the thin-and-light in the third quarter.

In April, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects Apple to launch an “ultra-slim” stripped-down 12-inch Air with a new fan-less design sporting a “click-less” trackpad as well as fewer inputs and outputs.

Quanta is reportedly receiving components like processors, chassis and screens for the 11 and 13-inch models from OEMs for assembly in August. The firm is expected to begin volume shipments at the end of the month ahead of sales in October.

Apple most recently updated its MacBook Air lineup with a minor speed bump in April.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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