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Our favorite rendering artist, Martin Hajek, has created a gorgeous batch of renderings based on the mockups and information from 9to5Mac’s scoop regarding Apple’s rumored one-port 12-inch Air.

The images give a closer look at some of the rumored features of the purported notebook that’ve been making rounds, such as distinct iPhone-like finishes in Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

I’ve included the gorgeous renderings for your enjoyment right below.

Feast your eyes on the images and then join us in comments.

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The last rendering is of particular interest.

It’s Hajek’s take on a recent rumor out of Taiwan calling for switching to laser cutting and advanced embedded technologies to make the logo emblazoned on all of Apple’s 2015 products 3D-like and shine at the edges.

If 9to5Mac’s sources are to be trusted, the forthcoming machine should be a radical departure from existing design. In addition to narrower and thinner appearance, the new Air is said to sport an edge-to-edge keyboard with the reduced overall footprint of the individual keys.

There are four new speaker grilles doubling as ventilation ports but most importantly, the notebook is thought to incorporate a single USB 3.1 Type-C port that should replace the previous USB ports, Lightning, MagSafe and an SD card slot.

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Not only does USB 3.1 Type-C carry a lot more power than any MagSafe connector, up to hundred watts of power, but moves chunks of data a lot faster: you’re looking at transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, or twice the 5Gbps available on USB 3.0.

Still, half the respondents who voted in our yesterday’s poll are overly concerned about Apple’s decision to engineer a one-port notebook, saying it harkens back to the days of the original MacBook Air which was widely criticized for having just one USB port.

If you like Hajek’s renderings, he has more on his blog — just hit the source link below.

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  • Neko Code

    These concepts and designs are always ugly.
    Better to wait and see.

    • Jason Baroni

      Agree with you! Though iPhone 6 concepts were the real iPhone 6 lol

      • Eric Castro

        they were based on real parts from photos that turned out to be the real deal. these designs are based on nothing, just words.

    • XZavier

      This is ugly to you???

      • BoardDWorld

        They are starting to look far too E-PC’ish. It looks odd how the Screen comes off much narrower than the keys. And I don’t know that super thin is in.

  • Jason Baroni

    Apple would never ship a gold screen. If the Mac gets gold, the bezels of the screen will be white.

    • XZavier

      Are the bezels not white in these pictures?

      • sdhn

        not in the gold.

      • XZavier

        what exactly are you looking when you say bezel? Because I see white bezel around the screen as clear as day with the gold picture…

      • sdhn

        the bezel is the outside frame of the screen (which is gold, on the gold). the keyboard is white and that bar is white yes but the rest is gold

      • XZavier

        OHHH….. your talking about that part that is apart of the screen, but does not display anything, that is between the actually shown stuff on screen and the frame?

      • sdhn

        well the bezel is that metal part yes (between the black and white line). if you look at the gold iPads and gold iPhones, the bezel of the screen is white. If anything the render got it backwards (the very outside frame should be white). the original comment is saying the current gold part should be white (in line with their other products)

      • XZavier

        So this?

      • Jeffrey

        Noooo no no no no! The ‘not this?’ is what he means. The ‘this?’ can’t be changed, it’s always black.

      • XZavier

        The “This?” is supposed to be on the gold part, the “Not this?” is white though…

      • Jeffrey

        Ahhh that makes more sense… The ‘This?’ is officially called the bezel. I think he meant the ‘This?’.

      • XZavier

        okay so what he means is the gold part that has the camera is supposed to be white to?

      • Jeffrey

        Yes I think that’s what he means. I think he thinks the bezel is supposed to be white glass just like the iPhone.

      • XZavier

        Okay glad we cleared all this up lol

      • Jeffrey

        Hahah:P

  • Jonathan

    Hmm… not bad. Forgot to add the thinner bezel into the render, though,

    • Jeffrey

      No I think it’s a bit thinner then the current Airs. The bezel won’t be very thin, at least that’s my guess since it’s very hard to make thin bezels for laptop screens.

      • Jonathan

        If I may refer you:
        www . engadget . com/2015/01/06/dell-xps-13-xps-15-inspiron-15-5000-series-7000-series/

      • Jeffrey

        I know it’s possible, of course, but it requires special (screen) technology which current Macbooks don’t have…

  • disqus_Vfugd8qFJV

    So…according to this concept/speculation, they had to modify the keyboard to make the thing smaller but didn’t bother to reduce the screen bezel?

    • Jeffrey

      They reduced the screen bezel a little bit compared to the current Airs. i think Apple won’t reduce the screen bezels an awful lot.

  • I like the idea of a grapphite Macbook

  • The Fluffy Alpaca

    I would buy that Space Grey model straight away!

  • Mohammed Khaled

    I like the gold and spacegrey concept. I would buy gold ofc. But since they are concepts I should say the 4 speaker grill is less premium and more like just another laptop. I hate the idea of only 1 port though.

  • Sokrates

    I would like to see the new Dell XPS bezels!

  • Eric Castro

    I honestly don’t get how these renderings get so much buzz in the media and how people can lack so much common sense to actually believe this is a design Apple would pursuit. Just look at that power button, it breaks all possible usability concepts. Then there’s the horrible disproportioned and oddly aligned bezel which makes absolute sense. Apple is known among other things, for making truly eye pleasing hardware designs. This is clearly not theirs.

    • XZavier

      The only probably with “… making truly eye pleasing hardware designs” is that not everyone has the same “eye.”

    • Bugs Bunnay

      if you don’t get it then you don’t have to. all you gotta do is say “dat space grey looks sexy” and you’ll fit right in.

  • TJ

    People need to get with the times instead of moaning about the lack of ports. I fully expected any new MacBook design to drop all of the ports that we use today. Take a look back several years to when the MBA was announced with the lack of optical drive, everyone moaned at that, but today it’s the norm. The same can be said for ports on computers five years down the line. Many of us use an iPad and get by perfectly fine without ports, this just brings that philosophy to mainstream computing. Everything’s going wireless and that will be the future, move with it.

    • XZavier

      One thing that pops in my head immediately is the fact that you can’t use any discs if they drop “all of the ports.” I could be wrong, but I do not think that apple would do that, maybe have one port like in this concept, even though I believe that would be a dumb idea, but I don’t think they would just drop all ports.

      • TJ

        discs? Macs have already dropped optical drives, everything has moved to digital. A MacBook built for the future wouldn’t adopt legacy technologies.

      • XZavier

        external disc drives exist… So if Apple did get rid of all ports, what then?

        Fresh restores for iOS, charging, anything that is not wireless (powerpoint presenters, speakers, etc.), and more. What do we do about all of those?

      • TJ

        Everything will be wireless eventually. Apple build products for the future not what people need and want today. Look at the original MacBook Air as an example with no optical drive, today you don’t have a Mac with an optical drive. The same will be true for ports a few years down the line, you won’t need them. It’s also about changing habits and the way you’ve become used to using technology, it becomes outdated and you have to move with times and go with the new way of doing things.

        You can easily wipe your iOS device and clean install today without iTunes, you can charge from a wall outlet, you can do presentations wirelessly today and connect to speakers. In the short term if you don’t want a Mac without ports you won’t have to buy one, but it’ll slowly become standard I’m sure over time. But that’s technology and change.

      • XZavier

        Everything will be wireless eventually… I do sort of agree with this. Data can be transferred wirelessly today to, so maybe eventually that will be the case to for a fresh install. But the type of fresh install you talk about is not what I mean, I mean for jailbroken people. Because if you fresh install it puts you in a boot loop, which can’t be avoided so you have to fresh restore from iTunes on mac. The charging thing is correct, I wish apple would just add wireless charging already… They already have it for the Apple watch… And true I won’t have to buy one, you may be right that might eventually become standard, and probably will, but it will be a while, imo.

    • therealjjohnson

      Yeah but with no ports? Where do I connect my iPhone or iPad ?

      • XZavier

        You don’t need to connect them now…

      • therealjjohnson

        I charge my iPhone with my MacBook all the time. How about you?

      • XZavier

        I do to, but I don’t need my computer for that, I have a usb wall outlet, a car charger, a wall charger, a mophie case, and a portable charger.

      • therealjjohnson

        It’s impractical to be expected to be connected to a wall everywhere you go. Technology is supposed to make your life easier…not more difficult because you want he device to be smaller. So the terabyte drives people have will be useless now? All the data you’ve accumulated over the years not being able to connected easily to your computer? I can think of way more cons than I can pros.

      • XZavier

        The wall was only 2 of the 5 options. Terabyte drive? The backups would be a problem, but you also don’t need a usb for that either.

      • Dan

        Totally agree. Unfortunately, some people are blind and will accept anything that has the right logo on it. Apple knows this, and so they do what they want. They skimp on features and people say they are the wave of the future. Imo, I found it ridiculous when the optical drive was removed, and now, only one usb port??

      • therealjjohnson

        I also do clean installs of iOS version via the MacBook vs OTA. Because a small set of people think it’s ok doesn’t mean the millions of people that use use devices no longer want them to interact with their computer. It’s a big difference from removing an optical drive to removing the ability to connect devices.

      • XZavier

        The fresh installs thing did not occur to me, but if you look at my response above (to TJ), then you will see that I think apple will not remove the usb port, but there is no need for it for iPads or iPhones except for fresh installs.

      • TJ

        You don’t need to connect your iPhone or iPad as they work as standalone devices now and don’t require a connection to iTunes. You can still connect to iTunes via wi-fi if you need to transfer anything over.

      • Al Fresco

        wireless transmission rates are still slower than moving music to my iPhone via a lightning cable.
        64 or 128 GB of tunes over wifi is slower than I can do OTA

      • XZavier

        Anyway all this back and forth that we are doing is pointless, because I believe Apple should keep at least one usb port.

    • DogeCoin

      Except the fact that people who would like to do actual work need ports.

  • Rupinder

    In my opinion, the black one looks gorgeous!

    • XZavier

      I agree! 😀

    • Matt

      Thought the same thig!

  • Matt

    Always fun to look at martin’s renderings even from past concepts, they’re impressively Pleasing the eye.
    The guy is a pure talent no doubt

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I like the gold alot

  • Brian Voll

    I’d ditch my rMBP for the space grey Air.

    • James G

      Maybe if the Air was also retina….

  • Matt Taylor

    The gold with white keyboard is stunning… Wow.

  • Chocolatewe

    That black one looked so sexy

  • Jeffrey

    Dat Space Gray do!

    • Chocolatewe

      we commented the same thing ahaha

      • Jeffrey

        Hahah yeah kinda!:P Looks damn fine!

  • Jeffrey

    I’m very very curious how the real one will loo compared to this concept!

    • James G

      Pretty close, actually.

      • Jeffrey

        Yeah reasonably close…

  • James G

    I really wish they’d put out a dark tone laptop like the old MacBooks from 8+ years ago or so. I realize they are prone to smudging…but it just looks so SLEEK!

  • Bugs Bunnay

    by mind control.

  • davidgr1991

    I think they don’t want you to use USB flash Drives or External Hard Drives or anything like, They want you to star using the iCloud system, they want to control what you can use and you can’t. it’s easy for those who pay attention