New MacBook Air imminent?
New MacBook Air models may be right around the corner -- if a reading of retailer tea leaves is correct.
Signs may point to a refresh of Apple's popular MacBook Air. Possibly next month.
That said, Best Buy has stock, but it's the "only reseller on AppleInsider's Mac Price Guide that is currently advertising available inventory," according to the Apple-centric site.
Dwindling inventory at authorized Apple outlets is usually an indication that a product refresh is imminent.
And what, pray tell, will Apple deliver with the next Air? It's pretty much a given that Intel's next-gen Haswell chip -- with improved graphics -- will be on board.
That processor will debut in early June, and Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference will follow soon thereafter.
It's much less certain that Apple will adopt a Retina display for the MBA. Though the addition of a Retina display is seemingly a no-brainer, those displays still entail a lot of extra cost and can wreak havoc on battery life in thin designs.
The thinnest MacBook with a Retina display is the 0.75-inch-thick 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. But it's thick by MBA standards -- partly to accommodate a large battery -- an indication of the challenge of getting these displays into the most svelte designs.
High-resolution display technology is advancing rapidly, however, so Apple could surprise.