Apple’s timing for a 15-inch MacBook Air and new MacBook Pros could be perfect

This 15-inch MacBook Air mock-up is courtesy of NotebookCheck.

Apple is expected to debut a 15-inch MacBook Air this year and will doubtless update the MacBook Pro later in 2022. The company’s timing could be perfect.

But first the bad news: new data from TrendForce reveals that global laptop shipments reached 33.9 million units in the first quarter of 2023—a 13% quarter-over-quarter and 39% year-over-year decline. The research group says this drop is primarily attributed to the continued impact of economic headwinds on consumer market confidence, which has hindered notebook channels as they de-stock. 

The (mostly) good news: TrendForce predicts second quarter laptop shipments to 37.63 million units, an 11% quarter-over-quarter increase but a 17.7% year-over-year decline. However, Apple’s Mac usually bucks the overall personal computer (PC) sales trend, so the Sellers Research Group (that’s me) predicts Mac sales — both laptop and desktop — will increase at least incrementally for this fiscal year.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.