More evidence suggesting Apple will introduce a new 12-inch Macbook Air sporting a retina display has surfaced. The new information comes from a detailed research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, who predicts the new ultra-thin laptop will “redefine notebook user experience,” when the new laptop allegedly comes in late this year.
According to MacRumors, Kuo believes the 12-inch Macbook Air with Retina will be thinner than the current Air, have no internal fan, and sport a buttonless trackpad.
“We expect the unprecedented 12” model will boast both the portability of the 11” model, and productivity of the 13” model,” Kuo says. “The high resolution display will also offer the outstanding visual experience of the Retina MacBook Pro. The offering will likely be lighter and slimmer than the existing MacBook Air to further highlight ease of portability in the cloud computing era. We think the form factor will showcase a much improved clamshell structure, and that it will redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air.”
All of this information corroborates the slew of rumors about a potential 12-inch Macbook Air with Retina display. So far, the information has come out from multiple places, including a Chinese tech forum and Apple’s supply chain.
In addition to the rumored Macbook Air, the report also suggests that Apple may unveil a new “low-priced” iMac later this year. According to the report, the cheaper iMac may hit stores in the middle of the year, as opposed to the new Air, which is expected to launch in late this year.