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Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch Notebook Reportedly Entering Production in Small Quantities

Quanta Computer has begun production on Apple's ultra-slim 12-inch MacBook and will look to ramp up its efforts beginning November, reports Digitimes. Despite these newest efforts however, the report also states that the notebook will not be ready in time for this holiday season.

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Since initial production of 12-inch MacBook Air has not yet reached a satisfactory yield rate, component makers and Quanta are making efforts to hike yield rates for the time being, the sources said. As initial production is in limited volumes, 12-inch MacBook Air may not be able to hit the store shelves in time for Christmas, the sources indicated.
Specifically, component makers are reportedly having issues with the new MacBook Air's ultrathin chassis, which is said to be slimmer than the current 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air. The supply chain sources also add that the 12-inch MacBook Air will come with a touch-enabled Retina display.

Rumors of an ultra-slim 12-inch MacBook from Apple have gained traction throughout the past few months, as reports from Jack March last month indicated that the notebook would launch in multiple color options and feature fanless internals. A fanless machine would also suggest that the machine would adopt an ultra low-power processor, such as the Broadwell-Y Core M processors recently announced by Intel.

However, a touch-enabled Retina display seems less likely for the 12-inch MacBook, as the inclusion of one would greatly increase the cost of the machine. A multi-touch 12-inch MacBook would also likely conflict with Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is said to be launching early next year.

March's report previously indicated Apple appears to be aiming for a mid-2015 launch for its 12-inch notebook. The notebook will reportedly come in silver, gold, and space gray options.



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26 months ago
Stay tuned for the first photo of a bent super-slim MacBook Air.
Rating: 52 Votes
26 months ago
Oh good, slimmer. Everyone keeps asking for slimmer and not more power/battery...

Is it some weird space-time continuum thing going on that means for every percent Jony Ive gets fatter his devices have to get slimmer?
Rating: 48 Votes
26 months ago
Too thin - Need some heft. I want the 17" MBP Back.
Rating: 29 Votes
26 months ago

The supply chain sources also add that the 12-inch MacBook Air will come with a touch-enabled Retina display.

shut up digitimes

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Can I make up more plausible rumors to get it featured on Macrumors? digitimes is completely way off 99% of the time.
Rating: 18 Votes
26 months ago
Touch screen on a laptop? Didn't Apple already dismiss that as a poor interface? :confused:
Rating: 12 Votes
26 months ago
I definitely want some color choice again. A black MacBook Air / Pro would look sick.
Rating: 11 Votes
26 months ago
Apple is going to be the next Samsung, i have all variations with reduced quality.
This bad
Rating: 9 Votes
26 months ago

(...) A multi-touch 12-inch MacBook would also likely conflict with Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro (//www.macrumors.com/2014/09/30/samsung-supplying-ipad-air-2-ipad-pro-panels/), which is said to be launching early next year (//www.macrumors.com/2014/08/26/apple-to-launch-12-9-inch-ipad-in-early-2015/).(...)


Conflict? Sounds more and more like this is about *one* product with all those specs, not two separate ones. Which, to be honest seems like the more natural product progression.

Risk of cannibalization is a short term issue during platform changes and mobility is far more important than raw power for many, coupled with the fact that even an 11" MBA is quite a powerful computer today.
Rating: 8 Votes
26 months ago
Gotta love Apple and their interracial relationship ads. Somebody over there really has a fetish for that ****.

Don't think I've ever once seen a black couple in an Apple ad. It's becoming overtly racist at this point.
Rating: 7 Votes
26 months ago

Touch screen on a laptop? Didn't Apple already dismiss that as a poor interface? :confused:


Indeed. If this turns out to be true then I would say it's the most positive confirmation we've had that Apple is losing it's way (and no I'm not one who bangs on about Apple losing it's way).

If this device turns out to be some kind of iPad Pro hybrid, well I don't currently think I want one but could believe that others might.
Rating: 5 Votes

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