Apple’s next-gen MacBook Air has apparently gotten postponed to the second half of the year, disappointing news for those waiting for the laptop. The 2018 version of the device was supposed to go into production in the second quarter, likely April or May, and get shown off in June at the WWDC 2018.
It looks like this isn’t happening, as the MacBook Air’s production delay could result in it coming out at some point in October 2018. Supply chain sources don’t know why Apple is doing this. It just told its suppliers that mass production of the notebook won’t start until the last 6 months of the year without telling them the reason behind the rescheduling.
A couple of supply chain partners are speculating that the postponement might have come about because of problems with key components like processors. There have been reports that Apple is planning to replace all Intel chips with its own, but this is probably going to happen in 2020.
This year’s MacBook Air will likely stick to the latest Intel SoC, sport a Retina display for the first time, and continue with the same slim design that made it famous. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had previously predicted that the laptop would be more affordable in its 2018 avatar.
His claims were backed up by the Economic Daily News. The site reported that Apple was going to sell the MacBook Air at either $799 or $899, much lower than its current $999 asking price. This is expected to drive up sales, helping the brand regain the market share it lost to Chromebooks.