Speculation has bubbled up indicating that Apple could be introducing a refreshed MacBook Air – or a substitute for the ageing laptop – at its press event on Oct 30.
The story as detailed by 9 to 5 Mac is that a school lately ordered an iPad and Apple Pencil together with a MacBook Air, with Apple fulfilling that cargo, all apart from the notebook which the purchaser was notified will be delayed – and is anticipated to ship on Oct 30.
As pointed out, that’s the very same working day Apple is holding a press start in New York, and putting two and two jointly, this appears to indicate that a new device replacing the MacBook Air will be uncovered on the working day – and can then ship to that training sector purchaser.
Of training course, this is much from any guarantee, and it could just be a simple coincidence or momentary inventory blip somewhere in the pipeline.
Nevertheless, with Apple getting been extensive anticipated to do anything on the stale MacBook Air entrance, it is absolutely a believable piece of speculation that a refresh or substitute is in truth coming at the close of Oct.
The latest MacBook Air is a very seriously dated gadget and is absolutely extensive overdue an overhaul on the components entrance. If that comes, it is unlikely to be a minor enhance to the elements, but instead, a far more complete rethink.
Or in truth a far more wallet-pleasant 13-inch Retina MacBook could emerge, correctly creating the MacBook Air redundant and observing it scrapped (rumors along these strains have been swirling given that the quite starting of this 12 months).
Yet another interesting nugget here is that the school ordered the bigger-spec 256GB MacBook Air, and was billed $1,199 (around £930, AU$1,690) with training-associated discounted, suggesting that this could be a ballpark figure for the cost of the new device.
Even though that actually is veering off into speculative territory, it does position far more to the emergence of a 13-inch Retina MacBook at that cost, with a far more price range-pleasant design currently being launched (or re-priced, instead) at the entry-level.
At the very least we’ll know what Apple has up its sleeve on the MacBook entrance quite quickly, as there’s considerably less than a week to wait around for the press event now.