Does a shrinking MacBook Air reseller inventory indicate that Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) popular laptop is about to get a major refresh? According to Apple Insider, the 13-inch MacBook Air with 1.8-gigahertz processor and 256-gigabyte solid-state drive is completely sold out at four different authorized Apple resellers. A reduction in product stock for third-party vendors often indicates a hardware production cutback from Apple. A production cutback can in turn be a sign that the Cupertino-based company is preparing to launch a new iteration of a product.
Ever since Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) unveiled its new Haswell line of integrated GPUs, there has been speculation that Apple would utilize this latest generation of integrated graphics processors in its ultra-thin MacBook Air. Intel’s Haswell series of processors are designed to be comparable to discrete chip offerings from Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD). Apple will now be able to get significant processing power from Intel’s latest Haswell series chip without sacrificing the size or low-power consumption benefits that come with an integrated graphics processor.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will unveil a new MacBook Air featuring the upgraded Intel GPUs at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, in June. This would get the ultra-light laptops on retail shelves by the end of that month.
However, if you are looking to purchase the current 13-inch MacBook Air configuration, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is estimating that it will have the product back in stock within 1 to 2 months. MacMall, B&H, and Mac Connection all indicate that the laptop is on order; while J&R currently only has the laptop available at its physical store locations.
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