According to a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, Apple’s rumoured 12-inch Retina MacBook Air may be delayed until late 2014 or early 2015.
The rumoured 12-inch MacBook Air will reportedly use Intel’s latest 14-nanometer Broadwell chips. The use of these latest chips from Intel is reportedly the cause of the delay. The new 12-inch model was first rumoured to be released towards the end of the fall, however, the date seems to be pushed back until early 2015.
Along with the 12-inch MacBook, Intel’s Broadwell delays are likely having an impact on several of Apple’s planned product releases. The first chips designed for Apple products are not expected to begin shipping until early 2015, and the chips designed for the Retina MacBook Pro and the iMac may not ship until mid-2015, meaning Apple will be unable to launch significant product updates until the chips are ready.
In April, KGI’s security analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that he expects Apple to release a 12-inch model of the MacBook Air with a new fan-less design as well as less input/output ports and a redesigned chassis.
Apple refreshed its MacBook Air lineup in April with a minor CPU speed increase.