Updated 11-Inch and 13-Inch MacBook Airs Reportedly Coming Next Week

Apple may be planning to update its MacBook Air line next week, according to a new report from MacGeneration [Google Translate]. Citing reliable sources, the website notes that references have been made towards new devices featuring screens of 11-inches and 13-inches, which are the current display sizes for the MacBook Air.

Apple last updated the MacBook Air in June 2013, which featured Intel's energy-efficient Haswell processors, faster PCI Express-based storage, and faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

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If the claims turn out to be true, it is likely that a new MacBook Air at this point in time would feature a small speed bump among few other changes. As outlined by Intel's processor roadmap, Apple could choose to use a number of just-launched processors for an updated entry-level MacBook Air, including the 1.4 GHz i5-4260U, 1.4 GHz i5-4350U, or the 1.5 GHz i5-4360U.

Notably, the 4350U chip has been available since last year, but Apple elected not to use it in the current MacBook Air. It is also unclear as to what processor Apple would integrate into an updated high-end MacBook Air, as leaked roadmaps have still yet to show a direct successor to the current i7-4650U chip.

Multiple reports have also indicated that Apple is working on a brand new 12-inch MacBook Air for later this year. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the notebook is expected to feature a thinner design than the current MacBook Air, and utilize a fan-less cooling system, buttonless trackpad, and higher resolution Retina display.

While it is unclear how a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air would fit into the current lineup, analyst Daniel Matte argued that the laptop will be exactly 11.88'' in diagonal screen size, allowing Apple to offer a Retina Display (2732 x 1536, twice 1366x768) with the exact same PPI as the iPad Air (264 PPI).

Apple is also expected to update its line of Retina MacBook Pros during the third quarter of 2014 alongside the aforementioned 12-inch Retina MacBook Air.

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Top Rated Comments

hwojtek Avatar
101 months ago
Good I didn't order my MBPr yet, but WHERE THE HELL is the new Mini?!
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
psymac Avatar
101 months ago
Good I didn't order my MBPr yet, but WHERE THE HELL is the new Mini?!


Exactly this, I NEED A NEW MINI!
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eddy Munn Avatar
101 months ago
I just got a 2013 MacBook Air.
For once I'm not too upset about new updates, because it is so awesome.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PowerBook-G5 Avatar
101 months ago
Finally a real "Mac Rumor."
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
entropys Avatar
101 months ago
What the MBA really, really needs is 8GB of RAM standard.

It is appalling that a non upgradable machine only ships with 4GB.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WillFisher Avatar
101 months ago
I still love my 2013 MBA and I won't be upgrading for a long while, especially when incremental speed bumps are the update.

But boy am I excited to see these retina airs.
But agreed, my 2011 Mac Mini doesn't like anything I throw at it anymore, give me an updated Mini!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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