Apple might not bring the much-hyped MacBook to its annual developer conference in May. The entry-level MacBook, according to a report from DigiTimes, is set to enter production in the second half of 2018.
Both analysts and suppliers expected Apple to announce the product at WWDC followed by a release this summer, but that doesn’t seem likely anymore.
The new MacBook, which should replace the MacBook Air after more than a decade of service, will have a 12-inch or 13.3-inch display. Its resolution will come in at 2560×1600, meaning you’ll get a high-end viewing experience on a budget. While there aren’t any firm reports backing this up, some speculation is leading people to believe the entry-level model will be sold for $799 or $899.
Production was intended to begin during the spring and summer, but Apple has reportedly delayed doing so until the later in the year. Suppliers, meanwhile, have become concerned about piling up inventory since materials and components won’t be used for months.
There’s been no reason offered as to why production has been delayed, especially since suppliers are seemingly prepared. Perhaps there’s more work to be done on the software. If the next version of macOS is a dramatic upgrade, Apple may want to pair its arrival with a new MacBook.
From a previous report, Apple could be setting its goal for 6 million units to be sold this year.
The postponement of the new MacBook’s release might also be because of processors. With a fresh batch of chips on the way, Apple could wait for Intel to have its latest technology available.
It won’t be like WWDC is light on announcements, though. The developer conference is largely focused on software. While there will be some hardware-related announcements made, Apple should spend most of its time talking about new versions of its operating systems. iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS will get a large amount of attention.