GADGET DESIGNER Apple reportedly is planning a 12in Macbook with a Retina display for release in mid-2014.
So says KGI Securities anaylst Ming-Chi Kuo, at least, who told 9to5Mac that Apple likely will introduce a 12in Macbook laptop next year.
This laptop apparently will be much thinner and lighter than Apple's present Macbook Air lineup, with the analyst touting the incoming laptop as a possible replacement for Apple's current skinny laptop offering. The new model reportedly will also feature a high-resolution 2340x1440 display, with rumours suggesting that it will also debut Apple's move to IGZO screen technology, and is likely to switch out Apple's own A8 processor for an Intel chip.
Kuo said, "We expect the unprecedented 12in model will boast both the portability of the 11” model, and productivity of the 13in model. The high resolution display will also offer the outstanding visual experience of the Retina Macbook Pro. The offering will likely be lighter and slimmer than the existing MacBook Air to further highlight ease of portability in the cloud computing era.
"We think the form factor will showcase a much improved clamshell structure, and that it will redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air."
She added that the upcoming Macbook will likely be priced lower than Apple's present laptop.
Kuo also predicted that Apple will release a cheaper iMac next year, which again will be cheaper than Apple's present desktop lineup. This, according to Kuo, will boost iMac sales by "10 to 20 percent" when it makes its debut in the third or fourth quarter.
A new iPad for next year is also expected, likely following the iPad 5's launch later this month, which will feature a "30 to 40 percent higher PPI" than the firm's existing tablet line.
While Apple is unlikely to comment on the speculation, Kuo has a good track record with Apple rumour stories. µ