MacBook Air 2014

A new report from a hit-and-miss Taiwanese source claims that Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook Air will enter mass production in the third quarter of 2014. The notebook will position itself between the current 11-inch and 13-inch models in the MacBook Air lineup, strengthening Apple’s position in the small-to-medium, ultra-thin notebook market. But that’s not all…

DigiTimes has the scoop (via MacRumors):

“Quanta Computer will be responsible for the assembly of the 12-inch device, said the sources, adding that so far, they have not heard any changes coming to the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air products.”

According to upstream supply chain sources, Apple could be making this move to establish a clear difference between the MacBook Air and iPad. The 11-inch MacBook Air is believed to be cannibalized in sales because of the similarly-sized iPad, so Apple may eventually discontinue that notebook in favor of the 12-inch model. There was no timeframe provided for those plans.

iPad Air 2 dummy (NowhereElse 001)

It was originally believed that Apple might release a 12-inch iPad in the second half of this year, also sourced out through Quanta Computer, although those plans have reportedly been delayed. In its place, the 12-inch MacBook Air will have some internal layout changes, but otherwise it will have a similar unibody aluminum chassis and overall design as other MacBooks.

It is believed that the 12-inch MacBook Air could also have a Retina display, consistent with rumors that we have heard over the past several months. Apple most recently updated the MacBook Air lineup in April with faster Haswell processors and a $100 price drop on each model. MacBook Airs have an average refresh cycle of between 10 to 11 months, so we are unlikely to see new models just yet.

Would a 12-inch MacBook Air be the perfect size notebook for you?

  • BugsBunnay87

    I’m just having a hard time seeing a 12 in ipad. current model ipad size seem just about right, to me at least.

    • al7oot

      I agree with you. The current iPad size is perfect

    • Kurt

      iPad Air is too small. I always wanted a larger iPad since 2010

      • BugsBunnay87

        Exactly why do you need a bigger ipad for anyways? Playing mobile games? Angry birds? Everything else can be done via pc or laptop if bigger is necessary. I don’t suppose anyone wanting a bigger ipad wants it for that yo app.

      • Kurt

        “Need”? I clearly said want. But I use two ipads while working.a larger ipad would be beneficial to me. So its kinda a need to have a larger ipad.and would make internet,gaming,email more enjoyable. Look at reviews of the 12 galaxy note. People love it. You might also?

      • BugsBunnay87

        Pardon my need and want confusion, but I think I see things differently. I like the ios pocket size. Anything larger might as well slap a windows or mac os in it. Checked reviews on the galaxy note, not bad, but also not for me. I’m geared towards the surface pro 3 if anything. Finally has an i7 processor. Nice.

  • asdlb4

    So torn. Really need a MacBook Air now, but really want to wait to see what Apple has up its sleeve

  • Andres

    I domt think the difference would be noticeable from the current 11 inch model. If this is real and customers do purchases it it would be for updated internals and the retina display.

  • Matt

    ..meh

  • Hmm, wonder if it’ll be released with the new Broadwell chip…

  • @sexyhamthing

    I use a custom built gaming pc (woo) when im at home, it’d be nice if apple would bring back the 17″ macbook for when im out and about :P… as long as it fits in a backpack

  • Mike

    What is it meant by “average refresh cycle” near the bottom?

    • Kieran.Lillis

      The average time it takes for Apple to release a new model of the Macbook Air. For example, iPhones have an average refresh cycle of exactly 12 months (1 year) because every September a new model is released.

      • Mike

        Oh I see. Thanks for the clarification!

  • 13 inch Air is pretty perfect in portability and as well as in battery backup…

  • rasiquiz

    I just don’t get it. Who would be like:”The 11″ is too small but the 13″ is too big, what do I do??!?!”. I just don’t see why you would ever need a 12″ when you have both 11″ and 13″?

    • Kurt

      If the rumor is true,I bet they will start selling only one macbook air

  • Just why though? Just get the 13 inch MacBook Air.