Apple Rumored to Update Current MacBook Air Models with New CPUs Next Week
According to a new report, Apple’s existing designs for the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air will allegedly see a refresh next week, likely with newer and faster Intel processors. The MacBook Air was previously updated in June of 2013 at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The new models may be in the works for next week, potentially dropping on Tuesday according to the folks over at MacGeneration.
The French site suggests that Apple will issue a speed bump with new models and could also offer new storage options. Given the latest chips that are available from Intel, it’s likely that the refresh will amount to a small speed bump compared to current offerings with new CPUs clocked at between 1.4 gigahertz and 1.5 gigahertz. The CPUs would remain with Intel’s “Haswell” architecture, as chips featuring the company’s next-generation “Broadwell” design aren’t schedule to arrive until the second half of 2014. Further potential evidence of an impending refresh would include a number of MacBook Air resellers being currently out of stock of a number of models. Stock-outs through third-party channels are usually an early indicator of new models.
Apparently, not in the queue however is the completely redesigned 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display, which is said to remain in Apple’s pipeline. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities expects the product to debut later this year. Also in the queue for 2014 according to Kuo is a new iMac refresh, potentially with a lower-priced model that could help Apple compete with other all-in-one desktop models from HP and Lenovo. Kuo also believes that a new MacBook Pro with Retina display will arrive later this year.
The previous MacBook Air lineup gained all-day battery life thanks to Intel’s ultra-low-voltage Haswell chips, providing up to 9 hours of uptime on the 11-inch models and a whopping 12 hours on the 13-inch models. Apple also added faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi to its redesigned 2013 models. We’ll have to see what the new models will have in store for us.