The most recent supply chain speculation adds to claims that Apple is intending to release a new MacBook Air along with a high-resolution Retina display later this year, bringing the same pixel-packing power currently seen in the company’s MacBook Pro lineup.
The most recent claims come from the common Taiwan-based supply chain sources at DigiTimes, which chimed in yet again this week with anticipations that Apple will release a MacBook Air with Retina display in the second half of 2014. It should be mentioned that the publication is popular for being the source of different Apple-related speculation, several of which turn out to be wrong.
The report comes on the heels of a separate rumor that said Apple is intending to release a 12-inch fan-less MacBook with a 12-inch Retina display. Given that the present MacBook Air designs sport display dimensions of 11.6 and 13.3 inches, it is feasible that this new, ultrathin model could be a successor to both, simplifying the MacBook Air lineup with a single Retina display design.
Apple took a similar strategy in 2012, when the company decided to stop its 17-inch MacBook Pro. That model was replaced by a 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, and Apple finally improved its “Retina Pro” notebook lineup along with a 13-inch model a couple of months later.