Apple is set to unveil a new MacBook Air at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, but even if it does, you might not be able to pick one up right away. According to a report by BloombergAccording to Mark Gurman, the COVID-19 shutdowns at Chinese factories that make MacBooks could mean a limited supply of new devices or a later release date.
China’s zero COVID policy has caused the temporary closure of factories that manufacture Apple products, including Pegatron and Quanta. Although China has started easing some of the movement restrictions it initially reinstated in March, some areas of Shanghai remain under lockdown.
Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo waits Apple will ship around six to seven million new MacBook Airs before the third quarter of this year if Quanta’s production capacity returns to pre-lockdown levels. He also thinks there could be more shipments of the new MacBook Air compared to existing shipments of the 14- to 16-inch MacBook Pros – the new MacBook Air is expected to ship from both Quanta and Foxconn, while the MacBook Pro is only shipped by Quanta. Apple currently has new MacBook Pro orders on hold until the end of July due to shutdowns and parts shortages.
The new MBA’s 2H22 shipment forecast is 6-7 million units if Quanta’s capacity in Shanghai can return to pre-lockdown level before 3Q22. The delivery for the new MBA made by two EMS (Quanta the 1st and Foxconn the 2nd) should be better than the existing MacBook Pro 14″/16″ (shipped by Quanta only).
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) June 5, 2022
Both Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo agree that the next MacBook Air won’t come in a wide range of colors. It’s more likely to offer a few standard options such as the existing space gray and silver, with the addition of two new colors including a dark blue and a “champagne-like gold”. Gurman also thinks the MacBook Air will come with a 13-inch display, two USB-C ports, MagSafe charging capabilities, and Touch ID. It’s not expected to come with a Touch Bar, and might even feature a notch like the MacBook Pro.
As for a new MacBook Pro, Gurman says Apple originally planned to release a “faster” 13-inch version of the device when the Air launched. However, that date has reportedly been pushed back due to COVID-related lockdowns in China.
The introduction of a new MacBook Air, which will likely ship with an M1 processor, is expected to be a big part of Apple’s fast-approaching WWDC event on Monday – but so is the headphone project. of mixed reality from Apple, even if Apple does not explicitly do so. mention it. As Apple looks to go beyond its existing devices and associated software, WWDC is expected to have an undercurrent dominated by augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
As noted by both Gurman and a report by The New York TimesApple is set to introduce new tools to developers that allow them to integrate mixed reality functionality into their apps ahead of the headset’s planned release in 2023. Gurman notes that Apple is also working on adding AR functionality and VR into its own apps, potentially creating VR versions of FaceTime, Maps, Notes, and Calendar, and a way to view a Mac’s display through the headset.