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Chinese website iFanr on Friday posted a series of claimed photographs said to depict a display for Apple’s rumored MacBook Air redesign featuring a twelve-inch Retina screen display assembly with black glass cover and a polished Apple logo.

Earlier in the month, Taiwanese trade publication learned that Apple supplier Quanta Computer had begun ramping up production of the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air ahead of launch sometime in the first quarter of 2015.

The claimed photographs at the top and right below depict the alleged twelve-inch MacBook Air display against Apple’s existing 13-inch Air.

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And here’s a side-by-side comparison versus the iPad Air 2. If genuine, the forthcoming notebook will be just slightly thicker than Apple’s latest full-size tablet, which is just 6.1mm deep.

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Here’s another shot comparing it to the iPad Air 2.

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And again, a nice size comparison with the 13-inch MacBook Air.

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One takeaway here is the shift to an iPad-like logo emblazonment on the back, representing a major departure from a backlit logo on Apple’s existing notebooks. iFanr thinks the change could be due to the notebook’s ultra-thin appearance.

If true, this new method of applying the logo does not match up with a recent supply chain rumor alleging that Apple’s 2015 devices will switch to using laser cutting and advanced embedded technologies to make the logo on products “3D-like and shine at the edges”.

The report adds that the 12-inch MacBook Air should feature a Retina screen with a resolution of 2,304-by-1,440 pixels and run Intel’s latest Broadwell processors which debuted at CES 2015, making possible a fanless design.

The image below suggests that the device will drop the thick grey bezels in favor of edge-to-edge screen design with the thin black bezels as seen on Retina MacBook Pro models.

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Thanks to the thinner bezels, the twelve-inch machine is said to achieve a similar footprint like the 11-inch MacBook Air, despite a larger display size.

The spy shots don’t show the complete chassis so that’s why you don’t see that rumored USB 3.1 Type-C port said to replace standard USB ports, the SD Card slot, Thunderbolt I/O and the MagSafe power connector.

What do you think of these images?

Source: iFanr [Google Translate] via SlashGear

  • iPhoneWINS

    HMMM.. is the specs are up to current MBP levels i might switch… MY MBP 13 inch retina is great and slim but i want slimmer and lighter for sure

    • Phillipe Phú Tran

      I’m sure they will match with the MBP 13 Retina specs. Using new Intel HD GPU of course.

      • iPhoneWINS

        that would be great

      • BoardDWorld

        That would depend on their chosen price point. I imagine specs will be below the MBP, perhaps considerably.

  • Jason Baroni

    Black bezels: YESSSSSSS

  • Sokrates

    I’m getting it!

  • Tronjheim79

    Aww. The Apple logo no longer glows.

  • Jonathan

    If this has the high-end specs of the Macbook Pro Retina, with 8 GB of RAM, etc, I’ll buy this!

    • tragic

      MBP? My 2014 MBP has i7 dual core 16GB RAM. No way in hell the air is gonna have that

      • Chocolatewe

        true tragic man

      • Jonathan

        I’d be happy with i5, 8 GB RAM.

    • JayDee917

      Let’s be realistic now. It’s called the Air instead of the Pro because it’s smaller, lighter but also less powerful.

  • Gary LE

    So the 13″ air will still be available? But ofcourse refreshed right?