And why not? The MacBook Air models we know and love, those thin slivers of aluminum with all day Viagra staying power, is feeling and looking a little unloved in recent years. That’s too bad because whatever replaces it will be obsolete before you can buy it.
I love the logic that Ashram Eassa put into his article about how the as-yet-unreleased-and-completely-unknown-and-unshipped MacBook Air with Retina display might already be outdated.
How is it possible that a product that hasn’t shipped is already outdated? If that’s the case, isn’t everything that hasn’t shipped been made outdated by the next new product that also hasn’t shipped yet?
Yep. That’s pretty much it. Eassa and other tech watchers expect the new MacBook Air model to have Intel’s powerful and battery sipping Broadwell CPU to be inside.
Intel says Broadwell’s successor will ship later in 2015 and that CPU will be more powerful and sip less battery juice than Broadwell. So, ipso facto, and alakazam– the unshipped and unannounced MacBook Air with Retina display is made obsolete by yet another unshipped and unannounced new Mac.
Apple keeps a tight schedule with Intel’s new releases, but the past few years have seen our favorite Cupertino, CA tech giant hobbled by the problems various vendors have with their own component schedules. Broadwell is late. Skylake is hot on its heels. If Broadwell had heels. And if Skylake was actually shipping on schedule.
Wait! What? See?
Here’s the problem with the wait and see mentality. If you don’t want an iPhone 6 Plus because the iPhone 6s Plus is just months away, you’ll never buy another smartphone. There’s always something newer, faster, thinner, lighter, better just around the corner, a few months away.
So it is with the MacBook Air. The current line could use a refresh. Intel has a line of refreshing CPUs on the way. So, the logic goes like this. Don’t buy the new MacBook Air because a faster one is just months away. Hmmm. Maybe you should skip that non-shipping Skylake-based CPU Mac because Intel always has something faster just a few months away; also non-shipping.
Following that line of thinking will save you plenty of money, though.