Apple to launch a new 12-inch MacBook Air and a sixth-gen iPad

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Rumors, leaks, and forums about Apple’s plans of launching an all new 12-inch MacBook Air is roaming around the web, more specifically from Chinese forum WeiPhone, which mentions that Apple is planning to ‘refresh’ sometime ?soon.

However, a well-connected insider Ming-Chi Kuo firmly said that this 12-inch MacBook with a high-resolution display, and a new 9.7-inch sixth-generation iPad with an even higher pixel count will be both out in the market this year.

Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities and who has been known to have a ‘strong track record of accurately revealing Apple’s future product plans’ revealed that among a number of major new products Apple has for this year, the new 12-inch MacBook will boast the slim portability of the 11-inch MacBook Air with the same high resolution screen as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Late last year, Kuo disclosed that the new MacBook is expected to “redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air.” Also, rumors revealed that included in the several new changes that the all new 12-inch MacBook Air would feature is a buttonless trackpad. “The new MacBook would also have a trackpad without mechanical button,” the MacRumor has revealed and others presume that this would be an all gestures and tapping work like on an iPhone and iPad.

Aside from the trackpad, the all new design 12-inch MacBook Air is said to come out without a fan, though it was not clear how Apple would do it. Speculations were circulating like perhaps, “Apple is planning cooling through natural airflow to keep the machine from overheating and keeps productivity flowing.”

Furthermore, along with the rumors of 12-inch Apple MacBook Air, Kuo also revealed in Apple Insider, ?the sixth-generation iPad is expected to launch in late 2014, and will pack in as much as 40 percent more pixels than the current iPad’s Retina display.? Kuo added that he is expecting that Parade Technology to ?benefit from an abundance of embedded DisplayPort (eDP) technology in the company’s 2014 lineup since said eDP standardizes display interface allowing graphics processors to interface with display panels.


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