Latest Retina MacBook Air Release Rumors

Tuesday 17th, Feb 2015

Apple is rumored to be releasing a brand new 12-inch MacBook air as early as March or April of this year with an update to existing models launching as early as February 24, 2015. These rumours first surfaced after KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, suggested that Apple was working on a radically new MacBook in the fall of 2013. These rumors then gained ground in the spring of 2014 when a report surfaced indicating the production of a device with an ultra-thin design, redesigned trackpad and the lack of a fan for silent operation.

Key Features

Rumours indicate that the new Retina MacBook will be extremely similar in size to the 11-inch MacBook air. It is said to be 12 inches high by 8.7 inches wide making it a quarter of an inch narrower yet a quarter of an inch taller than the current 11 inch model. Canalys analyst, Daniel Matte, claimed in a blog post that Apple will include an 11.88 inch panel on the laptop with a pixel-resolution of 2,732 x 1,536. Further, the new re-vamped trackpad is rumoured to eliminate the mechanical element of current MacBooks. This rumour can be supported by the fact that, in January 2014, Apple filed a patent application for a buttonless trackpad that incorporates sensors for a tactile touch.

It was thought that Apple would use Intel’s new Core-M chip in the MacBook but despite being used by a number of other manufacturers, including Lenovo’s Yoga 3, it has not as of yet been used by Apple. However, the Core i3, i5 and i7 Broadwell-U chips that were confirmed by Intel to launch early this year could also be of particular interest to Apple based on their low thermal design power. These chips will greatly increase the battery life if used in the new Retina MacBook while allowing the device to have a high resolution display. Another key variation is the rumoured lack of the standard backlit Apple logo, compared to other MacBooks, due to the thinness of the new device. Instead the 12 inch model appears to have an embedded logo, similar to the iPhone and iPad devices

The estimated price of the new product is rumoured to be somewhere between the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro with Retina display. KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, predicted last year that the price of the new Retina MacBook Air device could in fact be lower than the current line up of Mac laptops. Furthermore, according to T-gapp.com, the new 12 inch model is said to cost $1,099.With the Apple iWatch set to launch in April, it is likely that Apple will use this opportunity to announce the launch of its new MacBook Air as well as show off some of the key features during the event.