Apple to defer new MacBook Air production to 2H18

Apple to defer new MacBook Air production to 2H18”

Apple released the latest version of the MacBook 12-inch nearly a year ago, so there's a good chance we'll see new, updated versions of it in the near future.

There's been more chatter on the laptop grapevine regarding the rumored incoming budget MacBook Air, which apparently now won't arrive in the next couple of months, as previous speculation has indicated, but will be delayed until the second half of this year. However, Digitimes is reporting that Apple has pushed back production of the laptop until the third quarter. This could be related to Intel's announcement on Friday that it's once again delaying volume production of its long-awaited 10nm chips after suffering "yield issues".

"Some MacBook Air supply chain players who have readied full inventories of materials to support second-quarter production will face low capacity utilization before starting to deliver shipments in the third quarter", states the report.

It's unclear exactly what might have caused the change of plans, with unnamed "supply chain partners" suspecting "problems with some key components such as processors", while "some industry observers" believe the Cupertino-based company is simply "adjusting its marketing strategies in accordance with different market conditions".

So, while it seems that Apple is still planning a 2018 MacBook Air refresh, this decision to delay mass production might mean that it won't be here until late in the year. At one point, rumors claimed that Apple was looking at a spring launch for this new laptop, but with May just around the corner, that's seeming increasingly unlikely.

The sources said that Apple has informed supply chain partners that mass production of its new notebook model for 2018 will not kick off until the second half of the year without explaining the rescheduling move.

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