New Slim 12" MacBook and MacBook Air Updates Soon

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A new forum post on [Google Translation] has revealed a number of details about Apple's upcoming plans for its MacBook notebooks as well as some details about its iWatch initiative. The author of the post has posted legitimate leaks and photos of un-released MacBook hardware in the past, lending credibility to this new information.

    The poster writes about the upcoming MacBook Pro line as well as a new 12" notebook that has previously been predicted, suggesting the future MacBook could be released without a fan assembly and with a redesigned trackpad. A MacRumors reader provides a summary translation of the post:
    It is not entirely clear where a potential 12" MacBook might fit into Apple's product line. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first predicted in October that Apple would be releasing a 12" slim MacBook with a Retina Display this later year:
    The buttonless trackpad design that the author describes may be related to a recent patent application by Apple, which describes a buttonless trackpad that uses an array of sensors and an actuator to mimic the function and tactile feedback of the current trackpad.

    The author of the post also comments on Apple's much-rumored smart watch, noting that it remains in the prototype stages and is unlikely to see a release soon. That is in line with other rumors, which have targeted a late 2014 release date for the product.

    Article Link: New Slim 12" MacBook and MacBook Air Updates Soon
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  3. macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2013
    In the midst of it
  4. Rm.237, Mar 21, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2014

    macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    Hope that it's widescreen like the 11"! Gotten way too used to it at this point.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2014
    New Zealand
    12"MBP? I would love that.

    However please put in a better GPU in the 12-13" MBP's please Apple:(
  6. macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
    14", edge to edge, non retina, 16:10 screen please.
  7. macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2008
    This article just made my night.

    ...I don't go out much.
  8. macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    A new "slim" Macbook Air?

    It's still not slim enough? :eek:
    I'm all in about thinner and lighter, but when I buy a $999 piece of electronic, I would expect it to be a bit sturdier.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Mar 24, 2010
    Location: a Sun Chung wu xia

    I can wait a few more months to see what this might be. But a rMBA would sure be nice.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2008
    I'm curious about the lack of fan. Is this the ARM-powered MacBook that has been rumored for a while?
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2010
    i would rather have rumours about displays that need updating and perhaps something new. The iWatch seems great but I will not be getting it at least untild 2nd revision. AppleTV suddenly got downplayed and so did iPad Pro. Hmm, would love to get 17"rMBP back :)
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2012
    No mechanical button-like trackpad? That's surprising.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    I have no interest in a 12" MBP. I have a iPad air and would only get a 15" laptop. Don't want something in the middle. Retina+ would be great on the current 15" though. :)
  14. macrumors 68030


    Feb 20, 2004
    Would love a completely noiseless notebook without any moving parts...
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2012
    If this rumor is true, I don't see the point of keeping the 11" and 13" Airs. Sounds like this is a perfect replacement for both... It also simplifies the decision making process for consumers and reduces costs for Apple.
  16. Cougarcat, Mar 21, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2014

    macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    Will want to buy if:
    -$1,100 or less EDU with 256 GB of storage. Might have to wait til rev. 2 for this though. Apple is always stingy on storage.
    -"buttonless" trackpad does indeed have tactile feedback, and it doesn't suck.
    -fanless design doesn't require a weaker gpu. I'd would really like a better gpu option for no more than $100 more, but Apple doesn't seem to like to do that

    Don't care about it's thinness.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2007
    No touchscreen laptop in sight? Not surprised since Apple never wanted to take that route for the most part. But messing with my Asus Q501LA touchscreen laptop on Mavericks (hackintosh), the launchpad is so nice going through the app menu, feels just like an iPad or iPhone.

    edit: I'm just saying, it feels too good swiping through the Launchpad for me to think Apple isn't working on something here. I'm open to being wrong though.

    But, as for real applicable use, who knows...
  18. macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2012
  19. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I told myself I would never buy a 13" laptop again. But this would be very tempting. I absolutely hate fan noise.

    Although it would be a long road to getting apps updated I bet.
  20. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
  21. macrumors member


    Sep 13, 2012
    I skipped out on the MacBook Air the first time for a MacBook Pro, a 12-inch MacBook would definitely be my next computer, no questions about it! :)
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    Awwwwwsome. I'm happy with my rMBP but still interested to see.
    Disappointing about the iWatch though, apple is slow to the plate these days it seems..
  23. macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2005
    My Air is the best computer I've owned (out of many Macs and a couple PCs). People at university still ask me about it, which is surprising considering its the cheapest Macbook and there should be many around. I'm excited to see what Apple has in store for it.

    Hopefully new Mac Minis will be released at the same time!
  24. macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2008
    Houston, Texas
    there will be no distinction between the air and pro

    just have a line of Macbooks of varying sizes, all of which have retina

    drop the pro/air label

    same with the ipad. every new ipad is going to be thinner and lighter, just drop the air name

    go by year, like cars. 2014 12" MacBook … 2014 9.7" iPad, 2014 7.9" iPad (or 10" and 8" for simplicity)

    it's classier and minimalistic
  25. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    Did you catch the news that 10.9.3 has new support for retina displays? I bet we'll see one at WWDC.

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