Apple Predicted to Release Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook with Retina Display in Mid-2014

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  1. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    At first I thought Apple would just drop the secondary branding and make them all just MacBook (like the iMac line). If they went that route, then the base models would have to be pretty modest in terms of specs with the option to outfit them with better specs. But that might get confusing, so I agree that they may be going back to having two lines; MacBook and MacBook Pro.
  2. MauerFan macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2012
  3. sshhoott macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
    Silicon Anode battery please. Then the slimness is welcome.
  4. Xerotech macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
    Apple is eating itself. They're making too many models of things. This is exactly opposite of what Stevy wanted.
  5. fertilized-egg macrumors 68020

    Dec 18, 2009
    Will they keep using the current silver aluminium design language or go with something different? Even if they stay with aluminium, there probably are many areas that could be redesigned.

    Otherwise it could just be a thinner and sleeker version of the current Macbook Air design, like the iMac was last year. However it does feel like Apple could a jump to another design language sooner or later with the Macbooks.

    It'll probably temporary while we go through the Retina transition period. Once the yield, power efficiency and price have stabilized, every non-Retina model will probably be killed off.

    That does make me wonder how long Apple will keep making the classic Macbook Pro. Will it become another iPod classic or the outgoing Mac Pro? It could live through as a zombie product without seeing much update but still see just enough demand to warrant a spot in the shelf.
  6. Marx55 macrumors 68000

    Jan 1, 2005
    "The offering will likely be lighter and slimmer than the existing MacBook Air to further highlight ease of portability in the cloud computing era"

    Just bring a 400 to 600 g 7 to 9-inch Mac (whatever form factor: clamshell, slider or tablet). That IS portability of a full computer (not the iOS toy)!
  7. emseven macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2013
    If the bezel and resolution resembles that of the rMBP, Apple will have built my perfect computer.

    I currently own an 11" MBA and the battery life is just enough without Haswell and I love the form-factor.

    The more you know: the iPad and 11" MBA have the same footprint.
  8. 76ShovelHead macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2010
  9. Xiroteus macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2012
    They are getting to the point where there will be just one line of Macbooks. The thin craze can go a bit far. It's never a bad idea to have a super portable 12" Macbook and by the time you hit 15" don't worry about it to such a degree it affects battery, power etc...

    Since the Macbooks are just about reaching the size of the Air I wonder if they will just have three to four laptops total all with retina.
  10. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    A retina MBA is plausible. But can the gpu handle it? That is the question.
  11. a0me macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    They're probably just fading out 11" models and replacing them with 12".
  12. TheMarc macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2010
    I wish they just made the screen taller (and have a 16:10 ratio like the 13", not a 16:9 one).
  13. Gabichon macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2011
    Only you can set you free.
  14. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    Random nitpicks:

    Never liked the aluminum bezel around the MacBook Air screen. Maybe Apple can switch to a black glass bezel like the MacBook Pro (and all other Apple computer screens.)

    Getting tired of plastic keys. I'd like glass keys, and I'd like the fit and finish to be improved so the backlighting doesn't leak around the edges.

    And maybe it's time to drop the "Air" and call the low-end laptop line "MacBook."
  15. Jensend macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    12" retina air makes sense, especially if it can be made at about the size of the current 11".
    2304x1440 is way too low res, though. Either double the current 11" res, or use the 13" Retina MacBook res.
  16. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    My favorite laptop was the 12" PowerBook, so I like the idea of this.
  17. alexlovesmacs macrumors 6502a

    Apr 23, 2008
    I hope this is true, I need to retire my aging MacBook Pro.
  18. Ryth macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2011
    #43 know this is the Mac Book AIR, not Mac Book PRO Retina.

    Haswell MBPR's will probably be out in in the next month whenever the new MacPro hits. BTW, don't be surprised to possible see the Mac Book Pros show up in black also like the new Mac Pro.
  19. dampfnudel macrumors 68040

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Maybe someday Apple will drop both "Air" and "Pro", just offering a 12" and 15" MacBook with retina display standard. Another possibility could be a MacBook/iPad hybrid with touchscreen which sounds plausible based on the rumor of a larger 12" iPad and now this rumor of a new ultra-slim 12" MacBook.
  20. rixax macrumors member


    Apr 15, 2012
    Yeah a 12 inch would be awesome if it was a 4 core 2.8ghz. Or better yet, a 6 core.
  21. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Would love this if they do it with a glass screen and a nice rigid non-tapered frame like the 13 rMBP. My wife's 11" Air screen feels mushy and scratch prone, like plastic, and the overall construction feels kinda flimsy compared to my 13 retina.
  22. yinz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    This is very exciting news! I'm very intrigued about how this will shift Apple's Macbook line! Would they get rid of the 13" rMBP and the 13" MBA as they would be redundant with the 12" Macbook?

    Maybe it'll be 11" MacBook Air entry model, 12" MacBook with Retina Display, and 15" MacBook Pro

    At this point, the 11" size would be redundant with the 12", but the non-retina and the smaller size would allow Apple to keep the price down. No matter what happens, if the 12" MB is real, then it's exciting!
  23. JayCee842 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2013
    Did you even read the title? :confused:
  24. cclloyd macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
    I hope Apple doesn't end up having too many products again like they did before.
  25. Beta Particle, Oct 12, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013

    Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    Apple really needs to simplify their line-up:

    12" Retina MacBook Air
    13" Retina MacBook Pro
    15" Retina MacBook Pro

    The 12" MBA would have the same physical size as a current 11" model, only with a smaller bezel.
    I don't know why anyone would want a 13" MBA when the 13" Pro exists, other than pricing reasons. That can be fixed by reducing the base spec of the pro.

    The "pro" is not a pro machine these days anyway, perhaps just drop the suffix and have a 12/13/15" MacBook line. I doubt we will see the 17" model return.

    They really need to bump up the resolution of all their displays too. 1280x800 x2 on the 13" and 1440x900 x2 on the 15" is woefully inadequate - it's less workspace than the old pro machines had, and the current Airs have.
    The scaled options are very blurry, and at x1 everything is too small.

    13" PC notebooks have moved to 3200x1800 now (1600x900 x2) which is much more fitting for a display of that size. (though some might prefer 2880x1800 at 13")

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