Thinner MacBooks reportedly launching in Q4 or 2015

The Rumor: The next MacBook Air may have hit a speed bump. The Verdict: The future looks cloudy. Intel’s Broadwell U 2+3 dual-core chips are likely planned for use in the next MacBook Air and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, but V-R Zone reports there have been production delays, meaning units might not ship until February 2015. If you’ve been dying for those Retina MacBook Air rumors to finally come true, you probably will have a few extra months of waiting to do.

Digitimes gives a 15-month window for the new thinner MacBook. But hopefully it’ll be with us by the end of 2014.

Apple is planning to launch an even slimmer MacBook, possibly as soon as the end of 2014, or else the vaguer long-term date of 2015, according to a new report from Digitimes.

The rumor cites Taiwan-based supply chain makers, and claims that production of components has already begun in small volumes. The report also states that the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro is expected to be retired by the end of 2014.

From April to June this year, Apple sold 4.41 million Macs: an increase of 7 percent from the previous quarter, and up 18 percent on year. Of these sales, around 80 percent reportedly came from the MacBook product line.

Although we did see an upgrade of the MacBook product line earlier this year — giving it a speed hike and memory boost — a more major refresh has been in the works for a while.

In particular, there have been rumors of a 12-inch Retina MacBook, which has supposedly been pushed back to Q3 2014 or early 2015, as a result of Intel’s delayed 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are reportedly used in the computers.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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