Last year, Apple launched second-generation 13-inch MacBook Air with an M2 chip with the same design language as its predecessor. For 2023, rumor mills claim that the tech giant plans to introduce a larger 15-inch MacBook Air with an M3 chip.
Now, a leaker with a decent track record reports that Apple has abandoned plans to launch 15-inch MacBook Air (2023) with an M3 chip.
Based on the variants in the M1 chip series, Apple is yet to unveil the M2 Ultra chip. After releasing the M2 chip in 2022, the tech company introduced M2 Pro and M2 Max chips in 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro (2023) models.
15-inch MacBook Air with M2 chip to launch in late 2023
Previously, leaker yeux1122 accurately reported that the new M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro models would release in 2023, not late 2022. The same source now says that the new 15-inch MacBook Air will launch with an M2 chip, not an M3 chip in June this year.
According to the report, the tech giant has postponed the release of the M3 chip because of inventory challenges and unfavorable market conditions.
This is Taiwan supply chain source: The new MacBook Air 15-inch model will be equipped with an M2 chip, not an M3, as originally planned.
Apple was not in a hurry due to a combination of factors such as market conditions and inventory adjustment as well as TSMC’s mass production problems .
Corroborating this claim, Bloomberg reported that Apple had ramped up testing of the new 15-inch MacBook Air, which would feature a screen resolution that’s the same as the 13-inch MacBook Air and Apple Silicon performance which would be “on par with M2 Macs.”