Apple is rumored to be holding an event later this month, according to a new report.
French site iGen says that Apple is planning to host an event on February 24 to reveal the 2015 12-inch MacBook Air, as well as discuss further details about the upcoming Apple Watch and possibly provide us with an official release date for the wearable.
2015 MacBook Air rumors have been swirling over the last month or so, but they’ve given us an idea on what we could see out of the new notebook when it’s eventually released, and past release rumors go along nicely with this new report from today.
UPDATE: According to 9to5Mac, Apple actually won’t be hosting an event in February. It’s not quite known when Apple would hold an event, but March would be more likely.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, it’s expected that Apple will launch its rumored 12-inch MacBook Air at some point during Q1 2015, and this falls right into the late-February or early-March timeline.
This early 2015 timeline also goes along with an earlier report that said that the new MacBook Air entered into production earlier in January with a release timeline of Q1 2015 as well. It was also said then 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.
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.
Several weeks ago, 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.
However, a recent report suggested that Apple could ditch Intel in favor of its own in-house processor, perhaps the A10X. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple’s A-series processor will reach a level of performances that’s comparable to Intel’s Atom and Core i3 lines within the next couple of years. Kuo says that using in-house processors for MacBooks will allow Apple to have more control over the release cycle for its laptops.
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.
iGen has been very reputable with past Apple rumors and has a pretty good track record, although this report comes from a second-hand source, so we’re still taking this with a rather large grain of salt for now.