MacBook Air 2014 12 inch

Over the last few months, there have been rumours of Apple working on a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. Adding to these rumours were reports which said that the product's release would be delayed because Intel was running late on its next generation of new processors.

However, a new report from BGR says that the 12in Retina MacBook Air might just make it to store shelves this Christmas with Intel confirming that systems with its new line of processors will be available in stores during this year's holiday season.

"The first systems based on the Intel Core M processor will be on shelves for the holiday selling season followed by broader OEM availability in the first half of 2015," the company wrote in a press release.

While Intel did not specifically mention Apple in the list of companies that would make the "first systems," it is worth noting that the MacBook maker has always had preferential access to Intel chips in previous years.

According to BGR, the company revealed several "key points" for the upcoming Intel Core M processors, revealing that "the combination of the new microarchitecture and manufacturing process will usher in a wave of innovation in new form factors, experiences and systems that are thinner and run silent and cool."

Furthermore, "Intel architects and chip designers have achieved greater than two times reduction in the thermal design point when compared to a previous generation of processor while providing similar performance and improved battery life."

In more simple words, future MacBook models could use Intel's Broadwell chips and fan-less designs apart from increased battery life and sleeker form factors.