A new report on DigiTimes claims that Apple will be launching a new 12-inch variant of the MacBook Air next year. Apple reportedly conducted a pilot production run of the new MacBook Air recently and is expected to begin mass production in the first quarter of next year. DigiTimes claims the information comes from sources in the upstream supply chain.
The new MacBook Air with 12-inch display will apparently come with an Intel Broadwell series processor and a new chassis with a slimmer profile than the 11 and 13-inch variants and also lower weight. The MacBook Air is already impressively light for a notebook, so a further reduction in weight will definitely be pretty impressive to say the least. However, Digitimes reports that the slimmer chassis is causing issues for Apple due to low yield rates. Thankfully, their sources mention that the issues are being resolved and Apple is set to begin mass production of the new MacBook Air by the first quarter of 2015. This does line up with the previous reports from earlier this year that claimed that Apple will be launching the 12-inch MacBook Air by the middle of next year.
The new 12-inch Air is expected to be positioned in the high-end segment according to the report, which might mean that the device will be priced at a premium over the regular 11 and 13-inch models of the notebook. Whether or not Apple will fit a Retina display on the new 12-inch Air hasn’t been confirmed by the report, although earlier rumors did claim that Apple was considering a Retina display for the model. Previous rumors also point to a buttonless trackpad, fan-less cooling system and new color options. Few weeks back, A Tech Website claimed that the 12-inch MacBook Air will be offered in the same color options as the new iPhones and the new iPad Air 2 – Space Grey, Gold and Silver. Sounds exciting, right?