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Monday, Re/code’s well-informed John Paczkowski poured cold water on rumors calling for a Retina MacBook Air introduction at Apple’s upcoming media event this Thursday. The Cupertino company is not going to unveil a new MacBook Air model with a twelve-inch Retina display at the event, Paczkowski has learned from plugged-in sources.

“Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that the company’s latest reimagining of the ultralight laptop won’t be shown off at its Thursday event,” he said. As Paczkowski previously reported, the forthcoming press conference — which Apple teased under the ‘It’s been way too long’ tagline — should be about new iPads, OS X Yosemite and “a new hi-res iMac”.

Of course, this isn’t saying there isn’t a brand new Retina Air model in the pipeline, quite the contrary.

For instance, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that a new MacBook Air model with “a higher resolution” screen should enter production in December.

WSJ’s report shot down a recent story by DigiTimes which claimed Apple’s supplier Quanta Computer would kick off the notebook’s production in small volumes in October.

I found it interesting that Paczkowski would frame the eventual Retina Air introduction as Apple’s “latest reimagining” of the ultralight laptop. The wording suggests the rumored computer should be more than just a speed bump and a Retina screen to go along with it.

According to multiple rumors, in addition to a twelve-inch screen (the current Air lineup is available in 11 and 13-inch varieties), the notebook will feature an even thinner appearance than the current models and a fanless design due to Intel’s latest ultra low-power processor family.

From my vantage point, the Retina display is going to make the Air the perfect notebook. I’ve been using various MacBook Air models for work and play in the past five years and couldn’t be happier with the machine.

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The benefits of SSD can’t be overstated and Apple’s vertical integration really shows in the Air’s unmatched industrial design, rigid and light Unibody construction and the perfect fusion of hardware and software.

Its glass multitouch trackpad is by far the best trackpad on any computer as the other guys don’t even come close. What really blows my mind is the fact I’ve yet to find tasks that my 2014 Air model couldn’t handle.

It scrolls buttery smooth through thousands of photos in iPhoto, I can have dozens of tabs open in Safari without any noticeable slowdown, games look business on it, it plays full HD iTunes movies without missing a frame and I can edit 1080p video on a 27-inch Thunderbolt Display hooked up to my Air, in real-time.

Have you used the Air before and if so, were your impressed with it?


  • Anmol Malhotra

    Maybe because of Broadwell ?

    • Vince Reedy

      I’m sure that’s part of it. No sense in putting it out without a processor refresh as well when they should be ready just shortly after. I would much rather wait for Broadwell.

    • Ian Leon

      maybe because its just impossible

  • lakinen69

    Yeah, I’m waiting for the Retina Air, but I think that the 13 inch would be the better solution than the 12 inch. Don’t know why that make it so small, because, 13 inch is way better if you wish to do some work on it, not just Facebook and stuff, for that, you have iPad and other tablets… I sure hope that there will be a 13 inch retina Air model one day…

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  • Rares

    “Also, don’t expect a new iPod Touch on Thursday. We’ve already reinvented that. It’s called the iPhone 6 on AT&T.”

    • Eric Wang

      Why AT&T?

      • George

        i guess it’s a dig at at&t because it gets bad signal? which is bs because at&t is awesome.

  • sosarozay300

    what about the macbook pro 13 inch ? whens the new one coming

  • Ian Leon

    i would only like an air with retina if it didn’t compromise the weight or the battery life

  • “Have you used the Air before and if so, were your impressed with it?”

    I used one of my friend’s MacBook Air back when I had a Surface Pro 1, battery life was amazing (he’d live it on unplugged without any worries of the battery), and the trackpad was way much better. Compared to a Pro 3’s trackpad though (which another friend of mine has), it’s nothing wowing,

    Having got a Pro 2 now, I’m just missing on the MacBook Air’s trackpad in my daily machine…