Apple could surprise us with 12-inch MacBook Air next week

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The new MacBook Air has more graphics power than it appears at first. Photo: Apple
Apple might surprise us with new MacBooks. Photo: Apple

The Apple Watch is expected to be the main attraction at next week’s “Spring Forward” event, but according to a new report, the long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air could make a surprise appearance at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The sketchy rumor comes from the Michael Report, which claims its sources inside Apple say the company’s long-awaited update to the MacBook Air will be announced March 9.

“Sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The Michael Report has independently verified this information to be highly credible.”

Obviously, we can’t verify the accuracy of the report. The Michael Report unearthed full details of the iPad Air 2 before the product’s announcement in October of last year, however, the publication also whiffed on some iPhone 6 launch details, including the name of the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Nexus 6.

We’re not really expecting any hardware other than the Apple Watch at next week’s event, but Cupertino could surprise us. The last time the MacBook Air line was upgraded was April 2014, which was just a small spec bump, so it’s due for an update.

Hardware leaks of the 12-inch MacBook Air have been scarce, although multiple reports have confirmed that Apple is working on the device. The new Retina MacBook Air will supposedly feature a fan-less design made possible by Intel’s next-gen Broadwell processors. It’s also rumored that the new device will only have one USB-C port and a headphone jack.

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  • Logan

    What would the reasoning be for a 12 inch Air? I don’t think the market is big enough for Apple to make that. They already have the 11″ and 13″. I just dont think they would want to create that for something so similar.

    • steveminion

      12 inches MBAir can replace the 11 “and 13” and has a Retina…

      • mrtondo

        Well the 11 and 12 should also have Retina.

      • Tallest Skil

        But why?

      • sonoftroy

        It is more cost effective to make one product covering 1 need than 2 products covering 1 need.

      • Tallest Skil

        What if the need is a laptop smaller than… what am I saying, I prefer the one laptop solution.

      • sonoftroy

        Like Henry Ford once said, “You can have any colour as long as it’s black.”

        In any case, what you ‘need’ is a laptop. What you ‘want’ is a smaller one. There is a difference.

      • Tallest Skil

        I’d prefer a new 17”, really.

      • Tallest Skil

        I’d prefer a 17”.

    • Coatsey

      Because the new 12 inch will be thinner and due to the smaller bezel almost the same size as the 11 inch. Do people wnt a 11 inch screen or a 12 inch screen which is almost as small as they current 11. No brainier so that is why.

  • Daniel Chamorro

    Wow, that would be SO radical and revolutionary….

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    • jimmyjangle

      …is anyone even suggesting that?

    • font9a

      People *do* need to buy new computers from time to time. It’s not like Apple *has* to make every new tool a *must-have* upgrade. But when people are ready for a new computer a 12″ MacBook Air with Retina Display would be a pretty delicious choice (if it actually exists.)

    • Steve Synan

      “Everything from Apple must be SO radical and revolutionary!”

  • Shaun

    Hope this is true. I’m looking to upgrade and have been waiting for the new 12″ MBA as it makes an ideal laptop for travelling.

  • T_Will

    I doubt they will make any other physical product announcements to steal the Apple Watch thunder.

    • I don’t think they’ll dedicate an entire event to a product that everyone knows is going to be a niche product for the rich.

  • thatboy

    What is the point in having a smaller MacBook Air when you have an iPad Air? I would understand a bigger one, 15 or 17 inch (yes please!!) but not a 12 inch…

  • Greg Obrien

    MBAs typically come later, around july. Wanting to hype the iwatch as much as possible, Apple will most certainly show off a ios update, the photos app, health kit, home kit and applepay; in other other words… the iecosystem. Apple has been rumored to be working on a new music format, however i dont think we’ll see that.

  • ayamas

    Apple should make 13′ laptop with 15′ screen size and price less than 1k for high spec