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

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  1. Pyrrhic Victory macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2012
    This is why Tim Cook the beancounter couldn't hold Jobs' jockstrap. He's obsessed with marketing BS like thinner-smaller-lighter instead of actually improving performance or adding features or, you know, innovating to transform the product into something new. Apple is creating the laptop equivalent of digital camera companies' megapixel race, and they're only competing with themselves. The MacBook Air is thin enough as it is, we don't need computers that are even less modular and less upgradeable and less repairable than they already are. I bet that idiot Ive is in on this as well, the so-called design guru whose work has been nothing short of disastrous ever since he and Cook kicked out Forstall.

    Also this Ming Chi Kuo guy is so full of it, he's been wrong so many times and every time he cops out of it by claiming Apple changed their plans.
  2. MisterPunchy macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2013
    Ooooh, I hope this is true. Time to upgrade my Air, but I'd wait for this if it's really true...
  3. inhalexhale1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2011
    For sure. This guys name pops up every other day with some new prediction, timetable, or whatever that never seems to pan out. Seems strange they would put 3 separate, and long, posts instead of a Ming-Chi Kuo rumor round up like usual. :confused:
  4. Xiroteus macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2012
    Even if there was the tech to make a computer as thin as a book cover does not make it a good idea, for a tablet, maybe. Just not at the expensive of power. Ports will also be needed.

    Does that make sense because the 13" Macbook Pro is almost turning into a Macbook Air.
  5. MisterPunchy macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2013
    Nah. I bet they're gonna have the13" and 15" pro line, and a single Air model, which is this rumored 12", ultra-thin model. I'll be buying that one...
  6. iLilana macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2003
    Alberta, Canada

    11 inch retina... really for me the 11 inch is the perfect size but a retina display would make it perfect.
  7. cocosparrow macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2013
    I'm not exactly impressed though a big Apple fan

    I'm not exactly impressed with Apple releasing an iteration of a smaller 12 inch MacBook Air. In my humble opinion, they haven't spent enough resources on the development of professional portable machines. I completely understand the consumer market which has: made Apple considerably richer, share-holders proud and the blog-asphere roaring.

    Without sounding hyper-critical, I am a very big Apple fan but there are too many incrementally small changes to keep the media machine alive. I would rather wait longer periods before an Apple product refresh and have the changes truly radical. When companies make large fanfares about small changes that's when "Jumping-the-shark" seems uncomfortably close.

    Apple shouldn't update the MacBook Pro until they can include radical changes such as:

    MacBook Pro 11,3 early 2015

    Carbon Fibre exterior - unibody Aluminum shell with user serviceable / upgrade form factor
    Slot-Loading Dual-Layer Blue Ray multi-burner (yes physical media backups are essential)
    2X - Thunderbolt 2.0
    1X - Uni Dongle (Thunderbolt to: FireWire 800, 400, Gigabit Ethernet, SM card reader)
    1X - USB 3.0
    3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (4Ghz option)
    16GB 2Ghz memory
    1TB flash storage
    Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 770M
    with 3GB GDDR5 - NVIDIA SLI® Enabled

    Broadcom 802.11ac - Bluetooth 4.0

    Built-in battery with True-Life. (4 hours) of realistic professional use, in the field not economy mode.

    This aggregate of specifications isn't too presumptuous as Alien Ware currently sells a product near this build.

    -] cocosparrow
  8. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    We are getting back to that because there is a rumor about the Airs getting thinner and the 13 and 11 will be replaced by just one 12 ? C'mon...


    Look at the current 13" rMBP. It is fantastic !


    Or how about:
    12" Retina MacBook Air
    14" Retina MacBook Pro
    16" Retina MacBook Pro

    Would make more sense to me.
  9. pearvsapple macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2012
    Forget that. Where's our transformable tablet?
  10. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    How much of this is being developed by Apple?
  11. HurryKayne, Oct 13, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013

    HurryKayne macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2010
    As well with the 13 (Air,perhaps even pro if Air got quad someday?)
    12 and 13 could not stay together.
    Seems a 12" MacBook "coming back " concept to me.
    So in the 2014 we will hear about IOS 8 and Syrah ,
    A8 (quad?) and and 12 inches ipad?
    What if the next 12 inches Air would be
    an Hybrid machine with a detachable display which consists
    in a Ipad ..ehm ,wide?
    I will buy for sure,as i use a lot Ios for mobile tasks i complete on
    my desk later even more if next MacBook Pro will lost the discrete Gpu in.
  12. Jensend macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    HAHAHAHAHA that's a good one. Apple, the company that is phasing out all built-in optical drives by the end of this year, introducing a computer with an optical drive a year and a half from now.
  13. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    Whenever I see "KGI Securities anaylst Ming-Chi Kuo", I get excited because it's likely an accurate prediction. :D
  14. hova macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Not sure if this has been speculated already so here is what i think.
    In terms of footprint they can't reduce the bezel on the 11 inch MBA because the Keyboard (which apple is obsessed with being full size) can't be made any smaller without being smaller than even on the 15 inch MBP. So less than full-size.

    We already know that Apple will bring Retina to the MBA and the 13 inch has rather large bezels and footprint compared to the 13" rMBP.
    So if they can't also reduce the bezels on the 11"MBA they have to do something else... like making the screen bigger but still reducing the bezels without reducing the footprint...
  15. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2011
    This is NOT possible.

    A 12" 2304 x 1440 retina resolution is, in fact, the equivalent to 1152 x 720 in actual work space (screen real state). That is LESS than the current 11", and it will be extremely uncomfortable to work with.
  16. teejaysplace macrumors member

    May 24, 2006
    The aluminum bezel is there because it adds less size/weight than the glass versions, which is an important consideration in the Air. What Apple needs to do is shrink its size so that, no matter what the color, all the bezels are far less intrusive.


    People have been clamoring for a 15" MB Air for awhile. So, it might be feasible for Apple to offer a single redesign of the MBA in 12", replacing the two smaller models simultaneously, then add a 15" Air if the market looked promising. I'm not sure how sales have been, but in my life I've only ever seen one 11" MBA in the wild — the screen is simply too small to be functional. They could also likely then do away with the Non-retina MacBooks, which I'm sure they'd prefer to do. To me, a lineup of 12", 15" and 13", 15" makes a lot of sense.
  17. praterkeith macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2005
    Montgomery, AL
    My old 12" PowerBook was my favorite computer I've ever owned. My c2d Macbook will get replaced if these rumors are true.
  18. Viking2 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Thats what i want I would then either buy one 12" + 16" or just buy the 14".
    But please give me true 8 hours battery with no thrills.
  19. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    I basically agree with you. Particularly because once you boost up the options on a 13" MBA the price difference between that ant the rMBP are negligiable. I don't need the processing power in the rMBP but it doesn't make much sense to forgo the screen and build quality of the rMBP when trying to decide between these two units.
    The stock MBP screen resolution is, as you say, atrocious. I can't believe that at least the high-res options on those lines is not made standard.
    I'd welcome a consolidation of the lineups.

    What?! A slot-loading drive? A 1TB SSD option? A 4 hour battery?

    Never going to happen. Will cost $1200. Yes a decline of 50% battery life 1.5 years into the future. :rolleyes:
  20. TrollToddington macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    I think it is equally likely an inaccurate prediction. Basically, what this guy Kuo actually does is to read the articles on MacRumors like this article and begin throwing roumors at us. Creating a roumor based on other roumors makes your roumor an even less likely believable.

    The 1440p retina macbook is a dead horse. Effective 720p vertical resolution is even less practical than the now-present 11" Air 768p resolution. It might be kind of useful for text editing but nothing besides it. That resolution is even lower than the iPad biggie's. One doesn't need to wear glasses to see that such a product will flop big time. Not to mention they will use the retina screen for an excuse to raise the price.

    As usual, we always vote with our wallets.
  21. Klae17 macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2011
    More like 12,13,15.
  22. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    I want a powerfull Retina Macbook Pro line with 13" , 15" and a 17" model, the option to upgrade, reasonable lightness and thinness (like the current rmbp) and a large array of ports (3 thunderbolt, 3 usb)
    If someone wants portability, then buy the mba or an ipad! I already use my ipad mini for daily tasks and its basically weightless and fits in my coatpocket.
    I think everybody wants this and everybody is served well. so Am I really asking for too much?
  23. booyahbooyah macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011

    Question -- what do you folks think of Apple doing a $700 plastic macbook?
  24. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    The Retina MacBook Pros already have a reduced bezel size compared to the MacBook Air though, so 14/16" models would be larger than the current models. (not going to happen)

    I don't know that you could shrink down the footprint of the current 11" Air to make it any smaller than it already is, which is why it makes sense to move to a 12" display by shrinking the bezel.

    So you're still really looking at an 11/13/15" range as far as physical size is concerned, but upgrading the 11" screen to 12" while keeping the rest of the body the same size.

    They already went from 1440x900 on the 13" Air to 1280x800 x2 on the Retina MacBook Pro. I wouldn't put it past them.

    It'll still be a 16:10 display though, and not 4:3. Which is a shame, I actually think 4:3 works better at small sizes.

    I think it's unlikely - the iPad has replaced the MacBooks as their cheap "computer" option now.
  25. gpat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    They should just make a 13" Macbook Air, and a 15" Macbook Pro. 12" for the first one should be fine too.

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