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Macbook Air with Retina display 'delayed' by Intel Broadwell chip shortage

12in Macbook likely won't be released until next year
Mon Jul 21 2014, 11:58
Macbook Air 11in 2014

HARDWARE DESIGNER Apple's rumoured 12in Macbook Air with Retina display reportedly has been delayed, and apparently it's all Intel's fault.

That's according to Taiwan's Economic Daily, which reports that the 12in Macbook Air with Retina display will now see a release in 2015, despite Apple's intention to launch the device later this year.

The report claims that this is due to a shortage of Intel's new Broadwell processor, with the 14nm chips said to be facing further delays. If the report is to be believed, the U Series chips destined for use in Apple's Macbooks might not ship until next February. Rumours had originally claimed that Apple's first Retina display Macbook would ship this autumn, with mass production tipped to begin in the third quarter.

However, Intel did say in May that - despite ongoing delays with the chip - Broadwell will be released by the end of 2014. Intel has yet to comment on this latest report, so it's unclear whether it has been hit by further setbacks.

Even so, this apparently doesn't mean that we won't be seeing any new MacBooks this year. Despite Apple having launched a cheaper 11in Macbook Air earlier this year, the Taiwanese report claims that new 11in and 13in models will enter production next month, with a launch expected later in the year.

However, Apple's first Retina display Macbook could be worth waiting for. According to previous speculation, the laptop will be "thinner and lighter" than the company's existing model, with its Retina display boasting 2340x1440 resolution. With an Intel Broadwell chip under the bonnet, the rumoured 12in Macbook Air likely also will boast better battery life than Apple's present laptops, with Intel boasting of "superior energy efficiency".

Apple has yet to comment on the speculation. µ


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