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Investment firm Morgan Stanley has shared research indicating that Apple supplier Quanta Computer is likely gearing up for the release of new MacBooks. According to MacRumors, Morgan Stanley analyst Erik Woodring stated that Quanta Computer has guided for high single-digit percentage growth in the number of notebooks it will assemble in the second quarter of 2023, compared to the first quarter. Woodring believes that this growth is partly driven by the anticipation of new MacBooks.
Earlier last month, Bloomberg’s reliable Apple insider Mark Gurman revealed in his newsletter that Apple is expected to unveil the long-rumored 15-inch MacBook Air at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next month. Gurman’s report also mentioned that alongside the new MacBook Air, Apple will introduce watchOS 10, which will bring back widgets and make them a central part of the interface. The unveiling at WWDC will also include iOS 17, macOS 14, and the much-anticipated mixed-reality headset.
According to Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the first-generation 15-inch MacBook Air will be powered by the M2 chip. So far, no external design changes have been rumored for the laptop, except for the larger display size.
Last year, Apple introduced the latest 13-inch MacBook Air at WWDC, which featured the M2 chip, a 1080p camera, a MagSafe 3 charging port, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, and a Force Touch trackpad. The pricing for the 13-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,199, and it is available in Midnight, Starlight, Space Gray, and Silver color options.
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However, it remains unclear if any other MacBooks will be unveiled at WWDC this year. Reports suggest that the new 13-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models with the M3 chip are not expected to launch until later this year or next year. Furthermore, the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models were updated just three months ago with the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.
WWDC, which begins on June 5 and runs through June 9, will commence with Apple’s keynote presentation. Apple fans and tech enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the event to see what new products and software updates the company has in store.