We8217;ve been banging on about the possibility of a new MacBook Air for some time, but we think that late 2018 will be the time for a new model.
We8217;d expect a new MacBook Air to now to launch at Apple8217;s September event featuring either Intel8217;s third iteration of its Skylake microarchitecture, known as Whiskey Lake or the previous iteration (Kaby Lake refresh) chips.
- Could the Mac Mini even get an update? Maybe?
It8217;s worth noting that we don8217;t really know whether the MacBook Air name will remain 8211; it8217;s highly possible that Apple could re-form the lower rungs of its notebook offering and simply release a larger MacBook instead of a new Air.
It8217;s Intel8217;s fault that there8217;s a bit of uncertainty about timing; Intel8217;s actually-new next proper generation of processors will debut in mid-to-late 2019 (possibly announced at Computex in June 2019) and has been delayed in favour of refinements to the previous microarchitecture. The problem, says Intel, is yield 8211; the number of saleable chips Intel can produce. With a new microarchitecture, it8217;s harder to make chips to begin with.
The Canon Lake microarchitecture will feature a change to the manufacturing process from 14nm to 10nm and will offer significant efficiency improvements. The delay is problematic for many manufacturers. For Apple8217;s part we8217;re expecting a new Mac Pro in 2019 and surely the plan for that would have been to use Canon Lake 10nm Intel Xeon processors.
Canon Lake also makes it likely that we8217;ll see refreshes of the processors inside all Macs late next year anyway 8211; even if we do get a new MacBook Air replacement this year.