Apple's 12-Inch Retina MacBook Air Shown in Artist's Renditions

In a set of artist renditions, 9to5Mac offers a look at Apple's long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. The renditions and details shared in the report are consistent with previous reports on the machine, although plans do sometimes change during the development process.

As previously described in rumors, the next MacBook Air will have roughly the same footprint as the current 11-inch model, but include a 12-inch display nestled inside narrower bezels. The machine's keyboard will also extend from edge to edge while the speakers move to a set of grilles above the keyboard.

Comparison of 12-inch Retina MacBook Air (left) with current 11-inch MacBook Air (right)

As part of Apple's effort to reduce the thickness of the MacBook Air, the new 12-inch model will do away with nearly all of the ports currently found on the machine, including the usual USB and MagSafe ports. Instead, the machine's sides will include only a headphone jack, a pair of microphones, and a USB Type-C port that appears set to handle both connectivity and charging.

Apple's new Retina MacBook Air is expected to run on new Broadwell Core M to allow for the thin, fanless design and perhaps come in multiple color options similar to the company's iPhone and iPad lineups. The machine has been rumored to be entering production as soon as this month, although it is unclear whether Apple may wait until its Worldwide Developers Conference in June to launch the device or introduce it earlier in the year.

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67 months ago
really don't get removing so many ports...
Rating: 70 Votes
67 months ago
Because 11 is just too small, and 13 is absolutely enormous. :rolleyes:
Rating: 54 Votes
67 months ago
magical thinner battery life!
Rating: 47 Votes
67 months ago
So it will only have one port, and that port will be used for charging. So basically, you can either charge, or you can use USB.
Rating: 39 Votes
67 months ago
Buying dongles for peripherals will be the downfall of this machine
Rating: 28 Votes
67 months ago
LOL, anyone remember this?

And yeah, i bloody hate these "artists renditions"...
Rating: 28 Votes
67 months ago
Now you can put your expensive thunderbolt crap next to you firewire crap.
Rating: 26 Votes
67 months ago
I'm waiting for the model with no ports, no lid, no screen, no keyboard and no internals.
Rating: 24 Votes
67 months ago
And the USB dongle will be sold for a separate $19.99 :roll eyes:

Sorry, but the lack of standard ports is still a big shortcoming, even for the average user. Still, it looks like an interesting machine.
Rating: 22 Votes
67 months ago
The Macbook Air 1 had only one USB port. It was a nightmare.
Rating: 21 Votes

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