As we get settled into 2015, we’re also eagerly looking ahead to see what Apple plans to do with its MacBook Air line, and rumors and leaks have been a Apple fan’s delight.
According to DigiTimes, production of the 12-inch MacBook Air is now underway, with a release time frame within the first quarter of this year, which means we should see the new MacBook launch before the end of March if the rumor is true.
DigiTimes also says that the new MacBook Air is expected to come with a 12-inch Retina display and will likely replace the existing 11-inch MacBook Air, suggesting that the new 12-inch model will be the new entry-level MacBook Air, while the 13-inch MacBook Air will continue to sell in Apple Stores.
It should be said that this rumors should be taken with a big grain of salt, as DigiTimes doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to Apple rumors, but the 12-inch MacBook Air has been leaked enough that it’s clear that it’s all but confirmed.
Of course, there are some details that we don’t know about yet, even through rumors, including the price point, but if Apple does indeed replace the 11-inch model with the new 12-inch MacBook Air, it could be fairly inexpensive.
Just last week, a huge leak revealed details about the new MacBook Air, showing us what it would look like, along with new features, including less ports and a new USB Type-C connection that would be able to handle pretty much any connector, including the power cable to charge the MacBook Air.
Last month, there were a handful of rumors about the new MacBook Air, including reports that the new laptop would come with Intel’s new Broadwell line of processors, which were announced at CES last week and should offer a bit of a performance boost, as well as one heck of a battery life boost.
These new Broadwell Core M processors are designed to run at a ridiculously-low 4.5 watts, which if you don’t know a lot about how much power processors use, 4.5 watts is just crazy low. Thus, these new chips are destined for the next-generation fanless MacBook Air.
Likewise, these new chips run at lower frequencies, which means they’re a little slower than what most mid-tier processors run at, but the trade-off is way better battery life.
The switch to the new USB Type-C standard is an interesting move, and it could mostly be because of the thinner design of the 2015 MacBook Air, although it’s also killing two birds with one stone because Apple will now be able to use the latest and greatest USB standard. Furthermore, the new USB port could also come with DisplayPort functionality, allowing users to plug in displays through the USB port. This could cut down on the amount of ports needed on the new laptop, but this is still very much a rumor and isn’t close to even being confirmed yet.
As for some other small details that we’ve heard in the past, the keyboard design will leave “almost no space on the side”, effectively giving users a large keyboard without sacrificing overall laptop size. Plus, it’s said that the speaker location will be “above the keyboard and visible,” which is different than current MacBook Pros, which have the speakers situated on the sides, while the current MacBook Airs have the speakers situated below the keyboard.