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Images of what appear to be the specifications of a 13-inch MacBook Air refresh have surfaced on the forums of Chinese website Feng.com.

The seemingly genuine screenshots suggest a minor hardware bump based on Intel’s latest Broadwell processors with more powerful Intel HD 6000 graphics, and a slightly bigger battery as well.

Although the source did not provide info related to the 11-inch MacBook Air model, Apple is likely to upgrade that machine with new Intel chips alongside the 13 incher.

In addition, a questionable report has suggested that a twelve-inch Air with a Retina screen is up for an announcement at Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event next Monday, thought to focus mostly (but not exclusively?) on the Apple Watch.

First up, the existing 13-inch MacBook Air.

Provided the screenshots are genuine, the computer will have a new low-power 1.6GHz Intel Broadwell Core chip (model i5-5250U) with integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000.

By comparison, the current model runs a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 chip with Intel HD Graphics 5000. The forum poster mentions customers will be able to upgrade the machine to either a 1.6GHz Core-i5 processor or a 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-5650U chip.

The system is running a custom version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with a build number of 14C2043 that hasn’t been released yet. The 4GB of RAM is the same as on current models. The serial number can’t be verified with Apple, which is expected given the computer hasn’t been released yet.

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The new Intel HD Graphics 6000 with 1.5 gigabytes of video memory shared from the main RAM powers this computer’s non-Retina display.

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Apple’s System Information app identifies the machine as ‘MacBookAir7,2’. My mid-2013 13-inch MacBook Air has a model identifier of ‘MacBookAir6,2’. For those wondering, both 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air models were last updated on April 29, 2014 with upgraded processors and reduced prices.

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Again, the refreshed notebook appears to have the same 13-inch 1,440-by-900 pixel resolution screen as the current model, reinforcing the notion that a Retina upgrade is reserved for the rumored twelve-inch model.

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Although the battery is very similar to the one inside the existing 13-incher, it’s a tad larger 7422mAh package.

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The machine has 256 gigabytes of high-speed flash storage. Current models come in 128 and 256GB flavors. Maybe Apple will add a new 512GB SKU? For what it’s worth, the forum poster said upgrades with a 512GB SSD and 8GB of RAM will be offered.

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Which brings me to Apple’s unannounced one-port MacBook Air with a Retina screen. There have been indications that Apple may formally announce the notebook at its “Spring Forward” media event next month.

This is questionable though not impossible.

While the press conference is believed to revolve around taking a much closer look at the Apple Watch ahead of its official April debut, neither the invite graphics nor conventional wisdom exclude other possible announcements.

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A shaky story by The Michael Report, citing “sources familiar with the matter within Apple,” says Apple plans to unveil the Retina Air at the March 9 event.

“The Michael Report has independently verified this information to be highly credible,” reads the story. And if previous rumors are an indication, the computer is being assembled by Quanta Computer, one of Apple’s contract fabricators.

The Retina Air allegedly entered mass production in January and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks it’s slated to launch this month.

12″ MacBook Air concept above by 3D artist Martin Hajek.

Source: Feng.com forums (Google Translate), The Michael Report

  • Al Fresco

    Been waiting on this retina air for a while. Hopefully this is true.

  • George

    Why are there prostitution ads on this blog

    • Andres

      How can you be on this blog and have an Android

      • George

        Idk why is the sky blue?

      • Matt

        I see absolutely nothing wrong with that. I come on this blog on my PC everyday…

      • RubberDuckZilla

        For whatever reason some Apple users think they are better than others. loll I’ve been an Apple guy for some time now and have noticed that over the years. But I digress.

    • Vince Reedy

      Quit looking up porn

      • George

        If its specifically targeting me then that’s the wrong person in that ad.

    • JulianZH

      cause they need revenue to keep this site up?

    • ravinigga

      I think Google watchingYou And offer ads to You to help. 🙂

    • Most of the time ads are populated by ‘your’ recent searches… soo…

      • George

        But I’m into dudes

      • Obviously the system isn’t perfect.

    • RandomAwesomeGuy

      If you do not look up pornography, then you probably have a ad virus. The “virus” replaces ads with high profit ads to benefit the scammer.

    • Steven Code

      Well we know what you’re into.

  • Andres

    Not next month. Next Week*

  • Andres

    I just want a 2015 refreshed MacBook Pro. Is that too much to ask for?

  • Vince Reedy

    Didn’t think they would have an 11, 12 and 13″ Air. I thought for sure they were ditching those for the new 12″ if it does exist. I guess that means the 12 is going to cost much more than the 11 and 13?

    • HenriHelvetica

      my prediction:

      11″ gets the axe
      13″ non-retina MacBook Pro gets the axe.

      Reason?

      Apple will force 13″ non-retina MacBook Pro fan to either 13″ rMBP or 13″ MBA. The lap w/ optical is now dead.
      Apple will bring the 12″ rMBA, killing the useless 11″. There will no longer be a non retina unit @ Apple.
      Don’t think the 12″ rMBA will be anymore more than the 13″ MBA is now. the diff between the 13″ currently isn’t much at all.
      fingers x’ed.

  • iPhoneWINS

    very weak machine

  • Matt

    1440×900?
    -__-
    Ehh, but then again I won’t be getting an Air anyway. Still kind of lame.

  • Rupinder

    YASSSSSS

  • Dante Arellano

    Macbook air is important the Apple watch fuckk no thanks

  • pauleebe

    All of these images could have been easily photoshopped.

  • Haha, still not even 1080p display in 2015? Making it more and more overpriced…starting to believe my speculations og this will being like a base model to force people to cough up more cash and upgrade to the more appealing model with more ports and a none-90s display, similar to what they did with the iPod touch 4.5 and iPhone 5c. Will wait for the actual product before believing any of these leaks…

    • Cameron

      me thinks the problem here is that apple is using the unconventional 16:10 aspect ratio screen which therefore makes 1920 x 1200, 13″ screens non existent or hard to come by. Personally, i prefer the 16:10 ratio although i cant live without < 1080p. Im sure this is just an option for those who choose not to get the 12" retina.

  • latest MBPs are just a little havier than MBAs, but more powerful, so when I’ll buy a new laptop, it will be also a MBP.