Despite Apple’s seeming lack of announcement regarding its touted next-generation MacBook Air, predictions suggest that the device will arrive sometime this month.
In an interview with Forbes, Rhoda Alexander, IHS Markit Technology’s director for tablet and notebook PCs, shared that the company may be planning to release some of the new Mac products imminently.
The analyst added that the Cupertino-based giant apparently started producing the laptop earlier this year, during the second quarter, for the refreshed versions of the 13.3-inch MacBook Air, as well as 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch MacBook Pro laptops. However, if it comes to fruition, Intel’s Kaby Lake chip may not be included in the devices.
What may have added to the plausible projection is another report by Bloomberg. It was previously cited that the updated line includes tweaked MacBook Air devices with multi-functional USB-C port technology. There may also be new iMacs with an option for new graphics chips from AMD.
“The updated line includes tweaked MacBook Air devices with multi-functional USB-C port technology and iMacs with an option for new graphics chips from Advanced Micro Devices,” the report said.
However, there are also rumors that Apple may be waiting for the Intel Kaby Lake processors to arrive in order to have greater improvements in the graphics of the new model. In addition, there is also hearsay that it may be equipped with AMD’s Polaris-based graphics cards which will be an upgrade from the current Intel HD Graphics 6000.
Moreover, it may also offer a Retina display and a trackpad coupled with a better Apple Pencil. The accessory is believed to have a so-called inertial sensor with various modes including rotational controller mode, joystick mode and an air mouse mode. Instead of the usual 11-inch and 13.3-inch variants, the company may also have a much larger display at 15 inches.
Since there is no official statement from Apple yet, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.