It looks like Macbook Air stock is beginning to sell out at various retailers which is usually the first indicator of an upcoming refresh to a line. The new Macbook Airs are expected to have Intel's new Haswell processors, and possibly be announced at WWDC.
As Macbook Air inventory begins to thin out at various retailers, speculation of refreshes for that line of notebooks is starting to pick up. Apple Insider notes that because Intel’s new Haswell processors are almost ready to launch, and WWDC is just around the corner, it’s not unreasonable to believe that Apple is preparing an upgrade for their Macbook Air line in the near future.
This is usually what happens before a line is refreshed, stores completely sell off their stock of the product and don’t receive any new shipments, as they wait for the new models to arrive. Could this be what’s happening now? A month ago Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI securities said that Apple plans to announce the new models of the Macbook Air that will include the new Haswell processors at their WWDC conference in June, which is less than a month away.
The upgrade would actually be quite significant, because the new processors boast new graphics that promise to offer a 50% improvement over the previous generation; furthermore, the new processor is said to consume less power, which can only have a good impact on the battery life of these notebooks.
WWDC will be on June 10-14, and with possible refreshes to the Air line, as well as an important iOS7 release, and finally a new version of OS X, it’s shaping up to be quite an event.
Source: Apple Insider