According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, Apple might push back the release of its rumoured 12-inch MacBook to late 2014 or early 2015. Initial rumours had suggested the launch towards fall 2014. The most probable reason for the hold up is the short supply of Intel’s 14-nanometer Broadwell chips which will be used in the MacBook. According to another rumour, U-series Broadwell chips may not ship until February 2015, hence delaying it even further. There have been numerous instances in the past when Intel’s chips have caused delay in the release of MacBooks.
The new 12-inch MacBook which is thin-and-light and expected to come with a new Retina display is considered to be the successor to MacBook Air. Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI securities said he expects Apple to launch a much thinner, lighter, and completely silent 12-inch MacBook Air with a new fan-less design in Q3.
Production partner Quanta is reportedly receiving components, like processors, chassis and screens from OEMs for assembly of the upcoming 11-inch and 13-inch model in August. It is expected Quanta will begin volume shipments at the end of the month ahead of sales in October.
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