Apple is preparing to introduce the new MacBook Air at the annual World Developers Conference (WWDC), but even if that happens, its supply will be limited. According to the report by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, shutting down Chinese plants due to COVID-19 could mean a limited number of new MacBooks or a shift in the release date.
China’s policy of zero COVID-19 proliferation has led to the temporary closure of factories producing Apple products, including Pegatron and Quanta. Although China has begun easing some of the restrictions on movement it first imposed in March, some areas of Shanghai are still quarantined.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to deliver about 6-7 million new MacBook Airs by the third quarter of this year, if Quanta’s production capacity returns to pre-lockdown levels. He also believes that the supply of the new MacBook Air will be greater than the existing 14-16-inch MacBook Pro, as the new model will be available in both Quanta and Foxconn, while the MacBook Pro is produced only at the Quanta plant. Apple has now suspended orders for the new MacBook Pro until the end of July due to factory closures and a lack of parts.
Both Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo agree that the future MacBook Air will not be presented in a wide range of colors. Most likely, it will have several standard options, such as the available space gray and silver, with the addition of two new colors, including navy blue and “champagne-like gold”. Gurman also believes that the MacBook Air will have a 13-inch display, two USB Type-C ports, a new MagSafe charger, and Touch ID. It is expected that it may have a notch in the screen for webcams and microphones, as in the MacBook Pro.
As for the new MacBook Pro, Gurman says that Apple originally planned to release a “faster” 13-inch version of the device around the time of the launch of Air. However, this date was reportedly postponed due to quarantine measures related to COVID-19 in China.