It looks like Apple may be planning to release a 12-inch MacBook with an all-new design and high-resolution Retina Display in Mid-2014, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The new MacBook is expected to feature a clamshell form factor even thinner than the current MacBook Air, and may debut at a lower-price point than the current Retina MacBook Pro line due to an improving yield rate. While Kuo stops short of calling the new model a replacement for the current MacBook Air line, his description of the model suggests that it would indeed supplant Apple’s current ultra-slim notebook line.
Kuo’s claims match with a report from NPD DisplaySearch analysts earlier this week claiming that Apple is planning to introduce a new 12-inch MacBook Air next year. That new model was predicted to use a high-resolution 2304 x 1440 display. Both rumors also fall in line with earlier reports that Apple is set to move to IGZO displays for many of its future products, allowing for higher-resolution displays with lower power consumption.
Claims made by Kuo have generally been quite accurate with his predictions over the past several years, including accurately outlining many of the details of Apple’s 2013 launch plans as far back as January. Other accurate predictions have included the introduction of a “third MacBook line” that arrived in the form of Retina MacBook Pro models and the discontinuation of the 17-inch MacBook Pro last year.
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