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Rumor Suggests 12-Inch Retina MacBook Air Could Launch During March 9 Apple Watch Event

Apple could be planning to introduce the much-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air during its March 9 Apple Watch event, according to one site that claims to have sources within Apple. The Michael Report believes Apple will use the event to debut the ultrathin MacBook, which is rumored to have a Retina display and a redesigned chassis.
Many are expecting Apple talk more about the Apple Watch. However, sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The Michael Report has independently verified this information to be highly credible.
While there have been no concrete rumors from major sites linking the Retina MacBook Air to Apple's March 9 event, previous rumors have indicated that Apple is planning for a spring release. Apple supplier Quanta is said to have begun mass production of the notebook in January, and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted a March launch for the MacBook.

Rendering of the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air created by Martin Hajek

When taking these rumors into account, along with the fact that the MacBook Air is due for an update, the introduction of the Retina MacBook Air at Apple's March 9 event does seem like a possibility. It's also possible Apple will introduce new models of the existing 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air at the event -- the last update was in April and there was a rumor suggesting an update in February was imminent. Core M Broadwell chips believed to be appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook have been available since November, and chips appropriate for the standard MacBook Air began shipping in January.

Along with a Retina display, the 12-inch MacBook Air is rumored to come without a fan assembly for silent operation, made possible by the aforementioned Core M chips, and it may also include a revamped trackpad that does not incorporate a mechanical button. It is said to feature smaller bezels in a Retina MacBook Pro-style black, a keyboard that stretches right to the edges of the machine, and speakers that are located above the keyboard.

The Michael Report has a mixed track record when it comes to rumors. The site accurately predicted some design elements of the iPad Air 2, but its predictions may have been based on dummy models that were circulating around the Internet at the time. The site also shared details on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ahead of their launch, inaccurately calling the iPhone 6 Plus the "iPhone 6L" and suggesting the iPhones would come with quad-core processors and sapphire displays.

More details about what Apple plans to unveil at its Monday, March 9 event may come out through the week. Thus far, many sites have agreed that the focal point of the event will be the Apple Watch, with Apple unveiling new details about the device like its price and its official launch date.

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57 months ago
Hey look it's an actual Mac Rumor! :D :eek:
Rating: 55 Votes
57 months ago
Not interested in the watch but may watch if a new Air will be announced.
Rating: 26 Votes
57 months ago

There should be a 12" and a 14" (or larger) model. An 11" display is too small.

Well, I personally love my 11" MBA.
Rating: 14 Votes
57 months ago
Speakers at top,really thin bezel? I think I already own it. :cool:

Rating: 14 Votes
57 months ago
The March 9th media event has "Spring Forward" as its tagline, so if the Air refreshes are included, it's safe to assume the magnets will be replaced with spring mechanisms, allowing your computer to jump open at the slightest touch.
Rating: 13 Votes
57 months ago
"Spring is in the Air"
Rating: 13 Votes
57 months ago
Need a new Air. Will be stoked with either a 12" or a 13" as long as it's retina.
Rating: 12 Votes
57 months ago

Not interested in the watch but may watch if a new user serviceable Mac Pro tower with internal storage is announced.

I'll save you 2 hours of your life: it won't.
Rating: 9 Votes
57 months ago

Yes!! I have been looking forward to this computer since last summer!
Way more excited about this than the watch personally.

I think it will be:
12" rMBA
13"cMBA <-- possibly updated to retina at somepoint but remain at the same form factor
13+15" rMBP

What do you guys think? I am genuinely interested in y'alls opinions.

I think they're going to introduce this 12" Air with a retina display, the 11" and 13" Air will be [after being offered in parallel to the 12" for a few months] discontinued, then I think Apple will actually offer the Pros in 14" and 16". Three retina machines, 12" Air, 8GB, 512GB SSD max, 14 and 16" Pros with full port allotment, discrete GPUs, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD option (maybe a shift to 16GB max for Air and 32GB max for Pros when the chipset/design/etc. allows for it).

Clear differentiation between the Air and Pro.

That my crazy prediction :)

Rating: 7 Votes
57 months ago

The 11" has that initial "cool factor" where you realize it's so small, thin and light -- but the way Apple has sold the 11" Air to date, it's still "second class" from the perspective of offering as much power as possible. We standardized on only issuing our employees the 13" version, for example, because we wanted the larger screen resolution, faster processor and option for as large an SSD as possible. Lately, we've only gone with the custom build with 8GB of RAM too -- since our users are generally involved in graphics or video editing work.

This is not true. You can get all the same options on the 11".

The 11" has been marketed as the "lesser model", probably because there are more profits on the 13", but in reality when you look at the benchmarks, the 11" is more powerful than the 13". This is because it doesn't have to push as many pixels.

I used to build computers for performance and am currently a software engineer, and I use the 11" i7 8GB 512GB version every day, and it is an absolute little beast. It even has a higher pixel density than the larger unit.

The trade-off is that the 13" can(and does) fit a larger battery and gets 12+ hours of life. I get 8hrs in real world use out of mine which is enough for my day, so this is a non-issue.
Rating: 6 Votes

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