Apple: The new MacBook Air could arrive in stores later than expected

Apple: The new MacBook Air could arrive in stores later than expected


Apple is very likely to unveil a new MacBook Air at tonight's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), but apparently the store launch could be further than expected, due to the shortage of components caused by the closure of factories in China for via del Covid.

This at least is what Mark Gurman says in a Bloomberg report, in which he explains that this could lead to a delayed launch compared to Apple's plans or to the limited availability of the new MacBook Air in stores.

The measures taken by the Chinese government to fight Covid have led to the temporary closure of factories that produce Apple products, including Pegatron and Quanta. Although the restrictions have been partially relaxed, some neighborhoods in Shanghai are still blocked and production is still far from being back at full capacity.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will ship for six to seven million new MacBook Airs by the third quarter of this year if Quanta's production capacity returns to pre-block levels. He also believes that there may be more units shipped from the new MacBook Air than existing ones from the 14- to 16-inch MacBook Pros - as the new model is manufactured by both Quanta and Foxconn, while the MacBook Pro only by Quanta. Apple has suspended new MacBook Pro orders until the end of July due to factory closures and shortages of components.

Both Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo agree that the next MacBook Air won't be available in a huge range of colors, but rather will feature a couple of standard options like space gray and silver, with the addition of a dark blue and a "champagne-like gold". Gurman also thinks the MacBook Air will feature a 13-inch display, two USB-C ports, MagSafe charging capabilities, and Touch ID.

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Apple set to unveil new features for its most popular devices

At its Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off virtually on Monday and runs through Friday, Apple is expected to show off iOS 16, which could reportedly include a revamped notification center and lock screen for iPhones as well as new health features and social features for iMessage. Other rumors point to new TV OS features, which could tie into the smart home; an upgrade to Apple Watch OS that would boost the battery life; and a new MacBook Air.Some industry watchers are also holding out hope that Apple (AAPL) could offer an early look at a platform thought to be called RealityOS. The system could power the mixed reality headset -- a wearable device that's said to be capable of both VR and AR -- which Apple has been rumored to be working on for years.

Apple's event will be livestreamed on its website and the company's YouTube channel. It is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m ET.