Apple rumor claims all-new, 12-inch MacBook Air – CNET

A future MacBook Air may depart from the 11- and 13-inch designs to date.

A future MacBook Air may depart from the 11- and 13-inch designs to date.


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Apple is planning a radical redesign of the MacBook Air “soon,” if a forum post out of China is to be believed.

A key aspect of the redesign would be the elimination of the fan assembly, according to MacRumors, which describes the post as coming from a reliable leaker of future Apple hardware.

A fanless design almost always implies ultrathin and -light. For example, the
iPad Air is a fanless design as are
Android and most Windows
tablets. Even some of the newest, thinnest Windows 2-in-1s are fanless, such as the Intel Haswell processor-based HP Spectre 13 tablet that can double as a laptop.

The post also mentions that the new MacBook Air would have a trackpad sans mechanical button. Microsoft’s Type Cover ultrathin keyboard that goes with Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 has that kind of trackpad.

This latest rumor follows an NPD DisplaySearch report last October that forecast a 12-inch MacBook Air with a Retina-class display. That report said simply that it was due in 2014.

To date, the MacBook Air has come in two sizes: 11.6- and 13.3-inch, both with relatively low-resolution displays.

Whatever Apple ultimately decides, it seems certain that the ultraportable laptop will eventually get a physical makeover. The MacBook Air hasn’t seen a physical redesign or display change since late 2010, when Apple introduced a new chassis and debuted the 11.6-inch Air.

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