New Macbook Air production reportedly hit by chipset shortage
Likely to enter mass production in Q2 or Q3 2021, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Apple to reportedly start the mass production of its next-generation Macbook Air in 2022. In a note to investors on Monday, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will start mass production of the new Macbook Air in the second or third quarter of 2022.
Kuo previously said that the next Macbook Air will be equipped with a mini-LED display which would be the first in an Apple laptop. The next-generation device is expected to feature design changes and an updated Apple M-series chip.
As noted by Apple insider, Kuo expects Apple to cut nearly 15% of Apple Silicon orders, due to component shortage issues. This might be one of the reasons for the delay in the production timeline of the new Macbook. As the world is slowly getting shifting back from work-from-home after the Covid-19 crisis, the increased demand for portable laptops has slowed down a bit.
In addition to the design changes, the 2022’s Macbook Air could feature a new M-series chipset, probably Apple M2. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the upcoming Macbook Air will feature two USB 4 ports, a MagSafe charging connector. Gurman also says that it will feature a “thinner and lighter” enclosure.
Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch a new Macbook Pro with Apple’s M1X chipset. It is expected to be offered in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes. Mini LED display could be one of the upgrades. The new Macbook Pro is also expected to feature a better front-facing camera and more ports. Apple has not yet announced a launch date for the new Macbook Pro; however, reports suggest that it could be unveiled in October this year.