GADGET MAKER Apple is rumoured to be on the verge of releasing a 12in model in its Macbook line.
Chinese website Weiphone reported that the new 12in Macbook will break with convention by having no mechanical mouse buttons and no fan, thus reducing its width considerably.
The new Macbook model reportedly will also be thinner and lighter than both of its 11in and 13in Macbook Air cousins.
These stories corroborate speculation from a reliable industry analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI, who spoke earlier this year about a clamshell device with a Retina display and an ultra-slim design, as reported at Macrumors.
The Weiphone post also mentioned impending updates for the Macbook Air range, with updates to the Macbook Pro to follow in September, and an iWatch that is still at the prototype stage. This means the latter is unlikely to appear ahead of the first wearable products based on Google's Android Wear software platform, announced last week.
If these stories prove to be more than mere speculation, they will put Apple in a state of high alert and bad humour similar to that experienced by Microsoft recently. Only last week, a Microsoft employee was found to have leaked updates to the latest version of the troubled Windows 8.1 operating system update. The deed was discovered after Microsoft caused an uproar by examining his Hotmail account to trace the suspect.
We hope any new Macbook device merges Apple's existing Macbook models, combining the portability of the 11in Macbook with the performance of the 13in model, all stuffed into an even thinner body. µ