MacBook Air Refresh To Introduce New 15-Inch Model In Early 2012 [Rumor]



While rumors surrounding a 15-inch MacBook Air have been circulating for a number of months now, we had no idea when Apple might be gearing up to launch the new device. Sources “from the upstream supply chain” are now reporting, however, that the 15-inch ultraportable will arrive during the first quarter of 2012 as part of a completely refreshed MacBook Air family.

DigiTimes reports that Apple will retain the new 11.6-inch model, which has become incredibly popular among Mac users, and its larger 13.3-inch sibling, and that a new 15-inch model will be introducing to the family. What’s more, sources claim that pilot production has already started:

Apple reportedly is set to launch its new MacBook Air series notebooks with panel sizes of 11.6-inch, 13.3-inch and 15-inch in the first quarter of 2012 and will directly compete against ultrabooks from PC brand vendors, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

The sources noted that related upstream players have already started pilot production of the MacBook Air models and will add a 15-inch model into the product line to expand its reach in the ultra-thin notebook market.

“Sources from retail channels” believe that Apple will soon start discounting its existing MacBook Air notebooks in a bid to maintain their popularity before the new models make their debut.

This seems to be the first report that specifically labels the new device a 15-inch MacBook Air, with previous reports speculating that the device may actually be a new slimline MacBook Pro.

[via MacRumors]

  • 69Voltage

    I hope this is true. Too small of a display is the reason I haven’t purchased the Air yet.

  • techgeek01

    overheating issues?  How would they be able to stick a laptop cpu and gpu into this without massive overheating issues? Last I checked, the high-end mbp 15 and 17 had overheating issues and those haven’t been resolved yet.

    if you want portability, wouldn’t you want a 13 inch over a 15 inch?

  • Naif AL-Juhani

    Good news, what i wanted ever since i saw the Macbook Air, but i hope they release it as a Macbook Pro with the this slimness design. Also, i would like to have the option of trading my old macbook pro, and buying a new version of Apple’s MacBooks for a good price, but i doubt if i would see that service at Apple, but no one knows maybe. Because i was lucky to buy a macbook pro in 2010, but what i wanted feature-wise came out in 2011 lol. Anyway, to keep things short, i hope they have a trade-in service that i could pay a little extra depending on the condition of my laptop to get the next thing from Apple, similarly to what happens with iphones and phone carriers each year, that would be awesome :)

  • Adriana Jones

    There’s a lot of buzz about this product. Computers are getting so thin these days and the tablet market seems to be picking up quite considerably. If I’m not getting a tablet, I’m going to need a laptop table to go with this so I can work mobile. Here’s what I’m thinking of

  • TylerHoj

    If Apple prices this “15” MacBook Air” right, there’s going to be an insane demand for this product. I’d buy one in a heart beat. Personally, a thin 17” would still be best suited for me, but I’ll try not to get ahead of myself here.