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Apple’s supply chain has reportedly begun stockpiling the rumored 15-inch MacBook Air ahead of its expected launch at the company’s annual developer conference, WWDC, which begins on June 5th. This comes from sources in the industry, as reported by DigiTimes.
While the upcoming launch of the 15-inch MacBook Air is generating excitement, insiders believe that overall MacBook shipments may face a single-digit decrease in 2023 due to a “disappointing” first half of the year. According to sources, the “pull-in momentum” for the 15-inch MacBook Air “has not been as strong compared with previous new products.”
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has also predicted that the 15-inch MacBook Air will be unveiled at WWDC. According to respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the device will be powered by the M2 chip with multiple GPU configurations, just like the 13-inch MacBook Air.
Despite the anticipation, there have been no rumors of design changes for the 15-inch MacBook Air beyond its larger display size. The 13-inch model features a notch housing a 1080p camera, a MagSafe 3 charging port, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a scissor-switch keyboard with a Touch ID button, and a Force Touch trackpad.
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While some believe MacBook shipments may recover in the second half of 2023 with the release of new MacBooks featuring 3nm chips, Apple’s chipmaker TSMC has reportedly encountered yield issues with 3nm technology. This means that it remains unclear when Apple’s M3 chip will debut.