Apple enthusiasts awaiting the release of the highly anticipated MacBook Air models equipped with the M3 SoC chipset will have to exercise patience. Despite reports indicating that these laptops have reached the engineering verification testing phase, it appears that their launch in 2023 is now unlikely. The latest information suggests that consumers might have to wait until 2024 to get their hands on the updated MacBook Air.
In his ‘Power On’ newsletter, Mark Gurman reveals that both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air models have indeed entered the engineering verification testing phase. However, this progress is insufficient to pave the way for a 2023 launch. According to the report, the earliest we can expect to see the first M3-equipped MacBook Air models is somewhere between spring and summer of the following year.
The delay in the MacBook Air M3 launch can be attributed to several factors. While Apple has not officially confirmed this, supply issues may have played a significant role. It’s suggested that the high global demand for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max led to increased production of the A17 Pro chipset exclusive to these models. This, in turn, might have left limited capacity for the M3 production.
“Those waiting for a new MacBook Air will likely need to hold on a bit longer. I’m told that the 13-inch and 15-inch M3 models have just reached the EVT stage, or engineering verification test, which would put them on schedule for between spring and summer of next year at the earliest.”
Furthermore, previous reports have indicated that both Samsung and TSMC faced challenges in improving the yields of their respective 3nm technologies. These challenges made a delay in the MacBook Air release almost inevitable. To add to this, Apple is rumored to have reduced its orders for the M3, possibly due to lower demand for iPads and Macs.
The decision to launch the new MacBook Air family in 2024 may have multiple advantages. It would provide TSMC with sufficient time to resolve its yield issues and ensure a smoother production process. Additionally, this extended timeline may encourage consumers to upgrade their devices, boosting shipment numbers.
As of now, the only products remaining on Apple’s launch schedule for this year include the iPad mini 7, iPad Air 6, and a possibility of an updated version of the entry-level iPad. Any changes to the M3 MacBook Air launch timeline will be promptly communicated to our readers.
In conclusion, while the wait for the MacBook Air M3 models may be longer than expected, Apple appears to be strategically positioning the release to ensure a smoother production process and meet the demands of an eager market. Stay tuned for updates on this highly anticipated product release.