July 19, 2014
Apple might be forced to defer the launch of its rumored 12-inch MacBook on account of delays affecting Intel's Broadwell chips, which the device is expected to be equipped with. That's according to a new report by Taiwan's Economic Daily News. As relayed by MacRumors, the report claims that the new MacBook model's release may be delayed as late as until early next year because Intel's 14-nanometer Broadwell chips themselves have been delayed, reportedly until February 2015. The device was initially reported to enter mass production in the third quarter of this year for a possible launch this fall. Rumors of the device first emerged back in October last year, when a research note from NPD DisplaySearch suggested that Apple was planning on introducing a 12-inch MacBook, specifically a MacBook Air successor featuring a Retina display. At the moment, Apple's lineup for the MacBook Air, which comprises 11-inch and 13-inch models, is yet to receive a Retina display upgrade. A separate report from Economic Daily News claims, though, that the new versions of the MacBook Air's 11-inch and 13-inch models, featuring new processors and other key component upgrades, are expected to go into mass production next month.