Apple working hard on 12-inch fanless MacBook Air: Report

Apple is reportedly thinking about a new, 12-inch MacBook Air which would be even thinner and more lightweight than the present model. In addition to being fanless, the new ultraportable is also said to do away with the mechanical click button trackpad common from present MacBooks, instead making use of touch-to-tap.

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It has been claimed in the Chinese forum WeiPhone, via a reliable source, that Apple has a few serious hardware improvements to the MacBook Air series for later in 2014. Exact technical information on the notebook are not clear. Apple submitted a patent for a non-mechanical trackpad back in January, using haptic feedback to give the same experience of a click, but without the changing parts.

As for the lack of a fan, that is not something seen on Apple notebooks before now, though of course the iPad is fanless. Which OS the laptop will run is unspecified: one probability is iOS, which would allow Apple to use its own A8 processor as in the iPad Air, or additionally it could stick with Intel’s x86 Core series, as in the present MacBook Air. However, last year KGI expert Ming-Chi Kuo recommended he too had heard about a notebook quite similar to the new speculation.

Billed as an “ultra-slim clamshell form factor” at the time, his sources said Apple would be using Intel silicon and adding a Retina display in the ultraportable.

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