2018 MacBook Air Rumored to Feature Intel’s Kaby Lake Processors

MacBook vs. MacBook Air

The end of 2018 is going to be a busy part of the year for Apple, if all these rumors come to fruition.

Rumor has it that Apple is going to refresh the MacBook Air lineup later this year. Those reports suggest the device will (finally) adopt a Retina display, and that it will effectively be upgrading the MacBook Air family. It will still be priced at under $1,000 as well. Now, the Economic Daily News has a report on Monday that says Apple will be adopting the eight-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors for those future laptops.

Those processors were launched before the end of 2017.

The report goes into a bit of depth as to Apple’s rumored reasoning behind the move, suggesting that it is Intel’s own delays with the transition to their Canon Lake processors that is causing Apple to go with the late-2017 processors, which are based on a 14nm process. The Canon Lake chips are based on a 10nm process, and word is that Intel won’t have them ready until the end of 2019.

The current MacBook Air uses a fifth-generation Intel processor under the hood, so it is not a secret that these machines need an upgrade. And customers have been requesting that Apple adopt an Retina display with the MacBook Air lineup for years now, with Apple refusing to go that route for their own reasons.

It is also worth noting that there is still some discrepancy regarding the branding for this future mid-tier laptop. The rumor mill appears to be leaning towards this being a new MacBook Air, but there are some out there that believe Apple is going to call this device a MacBook.

What do you think Apple should call this new laptop?

Our Take

I’ve been running this 2016 MacBook since a few months after its launch, so it’s safe to say that I’m ready for an upgrade. The New MacBook Pro models aren’t something I need, but I’ve definitely got my eyes on whatever new mid-tier laptop Apple has cooking up. Especially if it is a MacBook Air with a Retina display. However, I can’t help but wonder if we’re going to see Apple adopt the third-generation butterfly keyboard on this new MBA. That may give me some pause, unfortunately.

[via EDN]