A series of earthquakes in Japan last month cause a delay for the new MacBook Air claims Taiwanese newspaper.
A new MacBook Air is over due. Apple has not updated the Air in a year. The company released an updated MacBook just recently. The wait for the new MacBook Air might just go beyond the WWDC 2016.
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Taiwanese newspaper Digitimes reports that the Kumamoto earthquakes in April caused a component shortage that delays the new 2016 MacBook Air by 1 to 2 months. The series of earthquakes hit the Kyushu region, known as Silicon Island, producing a quarter of Japan's semiconductor production. Sony is among the companies operating plants in region hit by the Kumamoto earthquakes.
It only takes a supply issue on a single part to delay a whole product. If for instance a camera module is missing, the MacBook Air can't leave the assembly line.
Apple is expected to announce new laptops and hopefully a new iMac (I badly need a faster iMac) at the WWDC 2016 kicking off on June 13 with the keynote.
The MacBook Air has not changed much since its introduction in 2008. The new 2016 MacBook Air might get thinner with the adoption of USB-C and it is for sure getting faster with the adoption of the new Intel Skylake CPUs. Other features rumored for the new MacBook Air include Force Touch and maybe a Retina display option.
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Via Taiwanese Digitimes Newspaper (Paywall).