Previous rumors today said Apple would unveil their new line of MacBook Air models, including a 12-inch option. This report has been countered by a new insider-source report, claiming Apple is struggling with MacBook Air production and will wait until 2015 to launch the new range of notebooks.
The struggle comes from Intel’s slow manufacturer process with the new 14-nanometer Broadwell chips. The next generation chipset is vital to the updated MacBook Air, without a steady manufacturing line, Apple cannot launch.
There has been incentive by Apple in previous years, almost forcing Intel to ramp up production for the MacBook and iMac models. This year, it looks like even with incentives, Intel is incapable of speeding up the process to a fit state.
This year’s supposed MacBook Air model would be thinner than the previous generation, a trend we continue to see on MacBooks. To compensate for the thinner design, Apple will reportedly remove some of the side-ports and make the trackpad click-less.
The Intel Broadwell chip allows Apple to make the MacBook Air fan-less, reducing the size of the device again. Apple has slowly chunked away at all of the unnecessary parts of the MacBook Air, even since it was first released, to make it even thinner and lighter.
Apple’s October 16 event will be held in Apple’s HQ in Cupertino, at a smaller venue than Flint Center. Apple will reportedly live stream the event at 1PM EDT (6PM GMT) on Safari.
The event will focus on Apple’s new iPads, the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini with Retina Display 2. The two new tablets will come with Touch ID sensors, thinner designs and iOS 8. Apple will also update their iMac range, adding a Retina Display and higher performance, alongside OS X Yosemite.