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Apple to Reportedly Launch Thinner MacBook by End of 2015

Apple will launch a thinner MacBook near the end of this year or sometime next year, according to a new report from Digitimes. Citing supply chain sources in Taiwan, the report notes that component production has already begun in small volumes. Apple will also reportedly cease production of the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro by the end of 2014.

A report last month claimed that Intel's continued delays of its Broadwell chip may cause Apple to push back the release of its 12-inch MacBook until late this 2014 or early 2015. The 12-inch MacBook is said to include a Retina display and may either be a successor to the MacBook Air or join Apple's current 11-inch and 13-inch models.

A previous report in June stated that Apple would begin production of a 12-inch MacBook Air in the third quarter of this year, with Quanta Computer in charge of assembly. The 12-inch MacBook Air was also described as appearing similar to the 11-inch and 13-inch models, but featuring a Retina display and internal changes to various components.

Other reports throughout the year have also shared information on a 12-inch MacBook Air, with NPD DisplaySearch and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also stating that the new notebook would feature a Retina display. A user on a Chinese forum who previously shared accurate information noted that the 12-inch MacBook Air would incorporate a new cooling system and button-less trackpad design.

If Apple is indeed looking to launch a new MacBook late this year or early next year, the company may unveil the notebook at an October event following the introduction of the iPhone 6 in September.

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68 months ago
Thinner Air?

Is it going to have protruding iSight camera?
Rating: 34 Votes
68 months ago
all i want is 17" retina MBP.
Rating: 29 Votes
68 months ago

What's thinner than Air?

Then name it that.

Jony ive's hairline?
Rating: 25 Votes
68 months ago

Jony ive's hairline?

Yes, I can see it: Introducing the new Macbook Hair!
Rating: 11 Votes
68 months ago

I wish people would stop complaining about Apple going thin. I for one appreciate the work that goes into devices that are easier to use because of their lightness and thinness. I went from a 2008 MacBook Air to a 2013 Macbook Pro Retina and the Macbook Pro is so much heavier, its almost a chore to pickup compared to the MBA. Ok you pay a price for the power of the rMBP, but my next laptop will be an Air I think

Glad you said this. People think the MacBook Pro is 'approaching the thinness of an air' fail to grasp that if you can fit Pro specs in a laptop that thin, the Consumer laptop can be made even thinner, too.
Rating: 10 Votes
68 months ago
A thinner air - really? Wow, its both impressive and sad at the same time. Impressive technically wise but sad since they seem to be so obsessed with thinness. I think a better display, i.e., retina would go a long way instead of slimming the laptop down any further.
Rating: 10 Votes
68 months ago
Will it be as thin as my Credit card?
Rating: 9 Votes
68 months ago
So the current MacBook Pros are already very thin. The MacBook Airs have been rocking the same design for many years, and are thin. Now they want to launch another category?

And it doesn't help that the specs of all them could blend.

I think the priority should be a brand new retina MacBook Air with a new thinner design.

Retina Air 12''
Retina Pro 13''
Retina Air 14''
Retina Pro 15''
Rating: 9 Votes
68 months ago
Rather have thicker one myself.
One that has more ports and options. It’s a shame that I can’t even buy one on the refurb store with an optical drive and ethernet port now.

EDIT: There is one there now!
Rating: 8 Votes
68 months ago

Analysts predict a new Apple laptop that is thinner with a faster processor by the end of 2015. I have other predictions of things that will happen by the end of 2015:

* They will come out with a new iPhone
* They will come out with a new iPad
* They will release a new version of OSX and a new version of iOS
* New Years day will occur, along with two solstices
* It will rain somewhere on Earth

Your move, analysts.
Rating: 7 Votes

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