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.

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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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Top Rated Comments

Hexiii Avatar
90 months ago
Thinner Air?

Is it going to have protruding iSight camera?
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Freida Avatar
90 months ago
all i want is 17" retina MBP.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wikiverse Avatar
90 months ago
What's thinner than Air?

Then name it that.

Jony ive's hairline?
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zipa Avatar
90 months ago
Jony ive's hairline?

Yes, I can see it: Introducing the new Macbook Hair!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thekeyring Avatar
90 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.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maflynn Avatar
90 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.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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