Photos of 12-Inch MacBook Air Display Show Black Glass Cover, Polished Apple Logo

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Just days after a report claiming Apple supplier Quanta Computer has begun ramping up production of the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, Chinese site iFanr shares some photos [Google Translate] of what it says is the display assembly for the machine (via SlashGear).

    The photos depict the claimed display and metal shell from the upcoming 12-inch machine alongside both a 13-inch MacBook Pro and a 9.7-inch iPad, with its sizing appearing to measure up to previously reported dimensions. The display does, however, have two noticeable differences from current MacBook Air. First, instead of a backlit Apple logo on the back of the display assembly as is typically seen on Apple's notebooks, there is a polished metal logo more like those seen on iPads, with iFanr speculating the change could be tied to the device's thinness.

    Additionally, the display lacks the grey bezels current MacBook Air models have, instead opting for an apparently all-glass edge-to-edge cover for the display as seen on Retina MacBook Pro models. Paired with black bezels underneath, it is difficult to see where the display ends and the bezels begin unless the screen is turned on. Earlier renderings of the 12-inch MacBook Air based on information from within Apple had shown gray bezels similar to those seen on the current MacBook Air.

    Claimed 12-inch MacBook Air display assembly with 13" MacBook Pro
    The 12-inch MacBook Air will reportedly have roughly the same footprint as the 11-inch MacBook Air, relying on smaller bezels to compensate for a larger display size. The comparison photos shown by iFanr demonstrate the significantly smaller footprint for the 12-inch machine compared to a 13-inch MacBook Pro

    Claimed 12-inch MacBook Air display assembly with 9.7-inch iPad
    The next-generation MacBook Air is expected to feature a high-resolution display (perhaps classified as Retina) and new Broadwell Core M processors that will enable a thin, fanless design. Other reports have claimed the 12-inch MacBook Air will do away with nearly all the ports typically found on Apple's line of MacBooks, offering only a headphone jack, a pair of microphones, and a USB Type-C port that may handle both charging and external connectivity.

    Article Link: Photos of 12-Inch MacBook Air Display Show Black Glass Cover, Polished Apple Logo
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
    so....i guess no more illuminating logo on the back?
  3. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
  4. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
  5. Menopause macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
    That just breaks my heart.
  6. macintologist, Jan 22, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2015

    macintologist macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
  7. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    looks like a great size for portability and usage.
  8. ruud macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2004
  9. DougTheImpaler macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2006
    Central Illinois
    Would it have killed them to take photos of the ports??????
  10. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    They only have this one part, the display.
  11. RoastingPig macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
    this better not weigh more than the current macbook air because that would be stupid
  12. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    It literally might have. Literally.

    Anyway, this is likely legit, and looking like good good response to Dell's stunning new XPS 13. I got to play with one and it's just in a league of its own right now in the ultraportable space. This new 12" MBA will have to be something pretty special to compete (OS aside).
  13. mgb1120 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    How can you ditch the light up Apple logo? That's almost iconic when you see a apple notebook, that sucks if true, not very innovative on ditching the light up Apple
  14. flash84x macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2011
    Strange way of saying No SD card slot.
  15. leesam macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
  16. thaifood macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    I reckon the 12" retina screens are for this and not an iPad Pro. Don't think an iPad pro even exists.
  17. HughJigo macrumors member


    Aug 29, 2007
  18. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Hmmm, such a strange product.

    11.6in MBA, 13.3in MBA, rMBP, 15in rMBP

    So throw in a 12in rMBA with less functionality (ports) than the MBA? Are they just going to nix the current MBAs? I'm so confused. Who's the target demographic?
  19. billystlyes macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2004
  20. nezr macrumors regular


    Feb 19, 2010
    Vancouver, BC
    It's just the screen part. Doesn't have the bottom half
  21. tmarks11 macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2010
    The MBA11 doesn't have an SD card slot. This machine is the same size as a MBA11, except thinner.

    Besides, SD card slots are so yesterday. Everyone lives on the cloud today....

    ...except for me, since I am stuck with 2 MB/sec DSL way out in the country....

    ...except for me on an airplane or a ferry...
  22. Mr Fusion macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
    I'm still using my 2011 13" MBA it's the best laptop I've ever owned. This 12" Air will be its replacement IF the keyboard is stretched edge to edge like the display. I've tried typing on the 11" MBA keyboard and the keys are way too crammed together. It's frustrating. I'll also have to see the 12" display in person and see if it's too small, again the 11" is far too small this 13" is just right. I'm also leery of buying revision A Apple products...

    I'm hoping for the best! :)
  23. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I rather have Mac Pro black like this:

  24. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I would imagine the ultimate goal is to ditch the current MBAs, but just like the with the MBPs, they'll continue to sell the older models for some time and gradually shift people over as pricing and required technology comes into line.

    With the MBP getting thinner and lighter in the move to Retina, it makes sense to give the Air "more Air".
  25. 4jasontv macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2011
    How would doing something the same be innovative?

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