Updated 08:49 AM EST, Mon, Dec 06, 2021

MacBook Air Retina Release Date, Specs & Updates: New Laptop to Kill 11-Inch Version? Reportedly Out in Two Months

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Those with their eyes set on Apple's MacBook Air Retina could finally see the laptop in two months -- if current reports hold truth.

According to Digitimes, sources have indicated that Taiwan-based ODM Quanta Computer has already started "volume production" of the highly-anticipated MacBook. The launch date is expected in the first quarter of 2015, which means any time until March would be a viable period for the laptop's arrival.

The anonymous insiders went on to reveal that Quanta has hired more workers in order to speed up the MacBook's production. Allegedly, the upcoming laptop will replace its 11-inch version, while the 13-inch model is set to stay. As you may already know, the latter does not come with a Retina screen.

The new MacBook Air is expected to sport a high-resolution Retina display, fanless architecture and Intel's new Broadwell Core M processor, which was revealed in last week's Consumer Electronics Show, Apple Insider noted. The outlet also took note of Apple's earlier resort to a minor speed boost for its MacBook Air line, following the delays of Intel's Broadwell processors. Such move has allowed the Cupertino giant to raise the products' value, having the current 11-inch model start at a lower price of $899.

Meanwhile, MacRumors reported that the laptop may feature a headphone jack, microphones and a USB Type-C port. The port will reportedly bring connectivity and charging abilities.

Previously, we've noted that the laptop is rumored to pack a new trackpad design, 2732 x 1536 pixel resolution, 264ppi and three color options: gold, silver and space gray.

MacBook Air Retina: A longstanding rumor

Speculations about the MacBook Air Retina has been around for nearly two years already. According to Macworld, whispers from February 2013 suggested that a "revamped MacBook Air with Retina Display" would come in Q3 2013.

A March 2013 report was also cited by the outlet, again claiming that the laptop would arrive in the same year.

As far as everybody is concerned, no Retina Display in a MacBook Air has presented itself in 2013 and 2014. But with the announcement of Intel's Broadwell chips, the big day may arrive soon.

The laptop could retail between $1,199 and $1,399, Digital Trends predicted in an earlier report.

Are you excited about the new MacBook Air? Will it reasonably replace the 11-inch model? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

For more information on the current MacBook Air, head over here. To compare Mac models, click this.

Watch MyTechMethods' take on the MacBook Air Retina below.

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