12″ Retina MacBook Air Coming Next Year Along with 12.9″ iPad?
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a new 12-inch MacBook Air with “a higher resolution display” will enter mass production at the end of the year, suggesting a release sometime in early 2015.
Additionally, Apple has reportedly delayed production plans for a larger screen 12.9″ iPad until later next year, according to the same Wall Street Journal report. That delay is apparently due to “overwhelming demand” for the bigger screen iPhones, particularly the iPhone 6 Plus.
In August, Bloomberg reported that Apple would debut a 12.9″ iPad sometime in “early 2015”. The new WSJ report seems to suggest that an expected release timeframe for the so-called ‘iPad Pro’ has been pushed off slightly, though Apple could always change their plans.
Featuring a different screen size, a new MacBook Air with a 12″ Retina display would presumably arrive in a redesigned enclosure, with some fringe rumors suggesting such a Mac would be offered in the same three-color options of silver, gold, and dark grey that grace the metallic iPhones. It’s currently unknown whether such a 12″ MacBook Air would compliment the existing 11″ and 13″ models in the lineup, or replace them.
Apple has scheduled an event for October 16 where updated iPads and new Retina display iMacs are expected to debut. OS X Yosemite, which is currently versioned as Golden Master 2.0, is also presumed to launch publicly on that day. Given the production timeline outlined by WSJ, neither the 12.9″ iPad or 12″ Retina MacBook Air are expected to be announced next week, but Apple could certainly surprise everyone.