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.
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.
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.