New reports now indicate that Apple will start mass producing the rumoured 12in MacBook Air during the third quarter of 2014.
According to Digitimes, Quanta Computer is reportedly responsible for the assembly of the new product, which will fall right in between the current 11in and 13in MacBook Air machines. However, the sources cited in the report have offered no information on the fate of the 11in and 13in machines.
Digitimess' sources said that apart from a few internal changes in the machine, the 12in MacBook Air will look similar to its predecessors and won't have any dynamic visual changes.
The 12-inch MacBook Air features some design changes such as the battery and the internal layout, while its industrial design will be similar to its existing counterparts using an unibody aluminum chassis, the sources detailed. Some market watchers expect the machine to feature a Retina display.
If accurate, this information is an indication that the company intends to launch the product during early 2015, since Apple usually enters mass production of a product only three months prior to its launch.
For instance, over the last few years, Apple has always unveiled a new iPhone during September. Yesterday, reports came out saying that the company has just started mass producing its iPhone 6. Tie these two pieces of information together, and you would come across a noticeable pattern.
However, today's information is in contrast to previous rumours, which pointed out that the 12" MacBook Air will be announced between Q3 and Q4 2014, so approximately September/October of this year. They also indicated that the next version of the MacBook Air will feature a slimmer body with a fan-less design.