Rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to launch in Q2, report says

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in Future Apple Hardware edited March 2015
While rumors surrounding Apple's purported 12-inch MacBook Air have died down amid Apple Watch hype, a new report on Wednesday claims partner manufacturers have already started mass production of the device in preparation of a second quarter launch.


Supposed 12-inch MacBook Air display. | Source: iFanR


The new information was thrown in at the tail end of a The Wall Street Journal article regarding production of a rumored 12.9-inch iPad model.

Citing unnamed sources with knowledge of Apple's operations, the publication said the company plans to release the anticipated 12-inch MacBook Air "in large quantities" in the second quarter of 2015. An exact date wasn't mentioned, but with Apple Watch coming in April, Apple could be planning a debut at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference expected to kick off in June.

As for current progress, sources said Apple suppliers have already started mass production of the thin-and-light and are building stock for shipment.

Today's report runs counter to predictions from well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who in January forecast Apple's 12-inch MacBook Air to launch before April. In February, AppleInsider learned that Apple gave its distribution partners the green light to reduce prices on current 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models. The inventory pruning measure is usually applied in the weeks leading up to a new product launch or refresh.

Not much is known about the supposed 12-inch MacBook Air, but rumors point to a high-resolution Retina quality display and ultra-thin form factor. Photos of what was claimed to be a fully assembled display hit the Web in January boasting a "polished" Apple logo, a departure from the glowing version seen on current MacBooks.

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  • Reply 1 of 9
    adrayvenadrayven Posts: 460member
    Rumor of the Rumor says...
  • Reply 2 of 9
    If they fit in a 12.9" screen or bigger, then I buy this. Otherwise, I don't.

    Why would you want to go from a 13.3" screen to a 12" one? I think most people would take the extra screen estate over a Retina display.
  • Reply 3 of 9
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 3,400member
    I just hope they finally get rid of the aluminum bezel around the screen.
  • Reply 4 of 9
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mac_128 View Post



    I just hope they finally get rid of the aluminum bezel around the screen.



    That is actually one of the main reasons I've stuck with my 13" Pro.  

  • Reply 5 of 9
    rebe1rebe1 Posts: 30member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Benjamin Frost View Post



    If they fit in a 12.9" screen or bigger, then I buy this. Otherwise, I don't.



    Why would you want to go from a 13.3" screen to a 12" one? I think most people would take the extra screen estate over a Retina display.



    I'm anxiously awaiting for a 12" Retina MacBook Air to replace my current 2013 13" MacBook Air.  I hate seeing these damn pixels!  

  • Reply 6 of 9
    thrangthrang Posts: 762member
    Once again, how can there be a delay of a product unacknowledged and unannounced by a manufacturer? And AAPL dips on the fake news...

    And further, they have little need to announce a new iPad this soon after the imminent launch of the Watch, and likely other product refreshes. I mean, its not like they need the money...
  • Reply 7 of 9
    rayzrayz Posts: 814member
    Why would you want to go from a 13.3" screen to a 12" one? I think most people would take the extra screen estate over a Retina display.

    I wouldn't, but I wouldn't assume to speak for 'most people' either so I can't say if a smaller high-res screen would work for the majority or not.
  • Reply 8 of 9
    oneaburnsoneaburns Posts: 354member
    This article is all over the place as far as a release date.
  • Reply 9 of 9
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 12,720member
    oneaburns wrote: »
    This article is all over the place as far as a release date.

    I think it is called filler. When you have no real news to report report gibberish! ????????????????
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