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

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. firmansolutions macrumors member


    May 31, 2010
    Yes please

    Happy for the platform to keep evolving. The ultra light weight is crucial.

    I use the 13" MBA, so less bezel, more pixels and a smaller form factor is a smart move.

    The killer thing they really need to do is increase the maximum RAM for the MacBook Air or its successor. 16gb or more please.
  2. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    My thoughts as well.
  3. alexgowers macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2012
    Exciting but Haswell retinas have to come out soon so this is going to be an odd product step especially as the new air has just come out but i suppose next year could be time for retirement of the air brand as all macbook laptops are now super thin there is no need for the moniker anymore.

    I think the future line up will be as follows or even just three of the following

    10 inch macbook
    12 inch macbook
    13/14 inch macbookpro
    15/16 inch macbookpro

    With current mac models they all have room for a larger screen in the same or smaller body, and it would be lovely to see a simpler line up of their offerings.
  4. Northgrove, Oct 13, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013

    Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010
    I agree. It's especially ridiculous with the iMac. I think many would be happier with a beefier graphics card (at least a desktop-class one) for high-end applications and the room for it to breathe than making a 27" display thin. It's always going to sit on a desktop! It's kind of strange that Apple isn't coming up with a reasonable, silent cooling system, a size that's OK, in order to fit a desktop card into this case. It's as if they're bringing the mobile mindset to the iMac for no good reason, both as for design and hardware. How much more room do a desktop card need anyway? They manage to cool a Geforce 650M in 18 millimeters! Or maybe underclock a fast card?

    Good designers like Apple should be able to make even a little thicker iMac pretty, in case that's the worry here. :p I think the new iMac Bulge™ isn't that hot anyway.
  5. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    i am still waiting for apple to get the "hybrid" right. one side a full blown mba running os x and if u flip the screen it turns to iOS 7 with a touch screen ^^
  6. Soordhin macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Berlin, Germany
    If true that would be a sure buy for me. I have to replace my 2010 11' MBA anyway and a new 12' rMBA would be a great replacement. The bezel on the current MBA is pretty large and i'm sure without any change in form factor that a 12' display would fit even now.

    Anyway, looking forward to it, and if true apple is earning quite a lot of money within the next 12 months from me (Mac Pro, iPad mini if it comes with a retina display and the company buys me an iPad 5 and now a new MBA).
  7. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
    Did you actually read the article?
  8. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    Do you guys not want thinner, lighter laptops? :confused:

    Making the iMac thinner is one thing but I sure do want my actual portable devices to be as thin, light, and useful as possible.
  9. nikaru macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2009
    The current MBA design is what? 5 years old or 6?
    There is definetly a new design coming out and 12 inch seems like a nice spot for ultraportable and thin notebook, and with retina display and slim bezel it will be just fenomenal.

    And it wont be suprise if we see entire new MBP line, all retina in 13, 15 and 17 inch. I think all will come next year with IGZO displays, fingerprint login and static cooling.
  10. sound macrumors member


    Jan 14, 2003
    no thanks

    another pretty useless toy, what about bringing back the 17" MBP with Retina Display? :D
  11. rainbowsofwhite macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
    Ming-Chi Kuo doesn't know $#!+.
    She predicted that the MacBook Pro would be released in Sept for goodness sake.
    I'm so over the Ming-Chi Kuo crap. :mad:
  12. Bubba Satori Suspended

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008

    Yeah, a poor, small company with a few employees shouldn't tray to make than a couple of products.
  13. FelixDerKater macrumors 68030


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    Send in the 15" MacBook Air, and you can swipe my Amex, Apple.
  14. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    Maybe this is the retina panel that everybody thought was meant for a 12" iPad?
  15. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    My 12" PowerBook is still one of my favourite Macs of all time. I for one would welcome the 2014 version of such a device.

    [Don't get me wrong, I would also welcome a return of the 17" too, but 'Power Users' need to understand they are by far and away the minority.]

    A new 12" rMBA in essentially the 11" form factor seems like gold to me. I can see these selling gangbusters.

    And remember, these are Mac rumours too!
  16. Aye macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2013
    This news if true is magical, whoa, OMG and awesome worthy!
  17. mrbyu macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    The current design debuted in 2010, so it's 3 years old. I also think that the bezel could be thinner (not that it bothers me at all, but the extra space could be used to squeeze in a larger display), but besides that I think the current MBA is still the most beautiful MacBook ever made. But yes, time passes, and I think Sir Jony Ive don't want to just sit back for the rest of his life and stick with these grey unibody designs (started by the very first MBA in 2008) forever. Not that they don't look fantastic, but time goes on, and sometimes something new comes.

    As for the fingerprint sensor, the most elegant thing would be if they could turn the whole trackpad into a giant fingerprint sensor. I guess it might be too expensive, I don't know, but that's something that would be superb.
  18. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    While it sounds plausible, here's why it might NOT happen: the GPU provided by Intel with its CPU chipset may not be powerful enough to drive a high-resolution Retina Display.

    That is unless Apple provided design input on the the 2014 Broadwell chip architecture so the Intel GPU that comes with Broadwell-based laptops/touchscreen tablets is powerful enough to drive a Retina Display 11" to 13" panel without slow performance issues.
  19. Xiroteus, Oct 13, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013

    Xiroteus macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2012
    Normally I would have an issue with needing adapters for a standard such as USB. Since it would be small it likely would not be that much of an issue as long as the speed is maintained.

    This is an issue I had for awhile myself, I wanted the option of a blu-ray drive with retina. However I have since changed the way I go about things that I have not used my optical drive in about two months (based on when I got this new laptop) I also hated the idea of having an external drive, yet now I don't think it's such a problem, if I am to rarely use the optical drive the space would be better for more storage etc... and one external drive could be used for as many systems as I owned.

    The biggest issue of external is people want an all in one device, even more so with a desktop (now those should still have an optical drive option)

    Because some are so thin already focusing on making it more powerful vs thinner would be better. a 1/10 of an inch thinner it's going to make a huge difference. However if it still has good power and really light and thin I could think it's cool. There will be a limit to how thin gadgets can get even if they could make them as thin as paper would not mean it's a good idea.
  20. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    I don't really care about thinness (my 13" MBP is just fine) but if this is the path to a retina MB around $1000, then so be it.
  21. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    i like my MBP with a 1TB drive to hold all my data

    no MBA for me
  22. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    Apple is amazing. Consumers and sophisticated business users don't care about raw performance they just want thinner and lighter products like the new ultra-slim MacBook with Retina. This is why Apple is the best, they see a market gap for a high-quality product and they focus, focus, focus on delivering the most incredible solution that drives people wild with insatiable lust, passion and desire.
  23. The Bad Guy macrumors 65816

    The Bad Guy

    Oct 2, 2007
    Hahaha....yeah, my Facebbok wil look sick on this machine.

    Never mind my Lightroom library, iTunes library and porn collection not fitting on the drive, but as long as it's super thin right?
  24. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    This is all about simplifying and differentiating the MacBook Air line in the context of the shift to Retina displays in all Macs.

    A 13" Retina MacBook Air in its current form would be too close to a 13" Retina MacBook Pro.

    By eliminating the current 11" and 13" MacBook Airs and replacing them with this 12" MacBook (Air or whatever it's called) Apple can offer a thin and light sub-Pro laptop at a lower price point because they only have to make one size.

    The main problem is that if this display in the rumor turns out to be the actual display it will have a lower native resolution than the current 11" MacBook Air. The current 11" MacBook Air has a 16:9 ratio display that barely has enough vertical resolution. This 12" laptop would have even less.

    The resolution of this display is going to have to be higher. I love my 11" MBA but wouldn't touch this 12" thing if it has such a low resolution display.

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