A new version of the MacBook Air is coming tomorrow, according to various sources. The newest of Apple’s thin laptop has been making its way to stores, but won’t be on sale until tomorrow. The newest version is said to house a new processor, which could push the battery life of the Air over the top.
Apple rumors are always making the rounds and a new one has turned up today. This new rumor claims that Apple is set to release updated MacBook Air notebooks next week. This rumor goes along with rumors that surfaced earlier this month suggesting a big change was coming to the MacBook Air line.
Over the weekend, tips surfaced claiming a 12-inch fanless MacBook Air is in the works, of which it would be thinner and smaller than the currently available options. Following this, word has surfaced through DigiTimes that Apple plans to release a Retina version of the MacBook Air this year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has piqued fan interest and rumors once again with a characteristically vague but enticing mention of "big plans" for 2014. The mention came by way of an employee newsletter he sent to the entire Apple workforce. It was nestled near the end of a long list of accomplishments both from a product standpoint and from a corporate citizenship perspective.
Tomorrow morning an Apple event is set to take off bringing on a set of new devices starting, first and foremost, in the iPad arena. The 5th generation iPad is tipped to appear alongside the 2nd generation iPad mini, both of them ready to work with iOS 7 right out of the box. The desktop and mobile laptop environments are also tipped to be getting an update with the MacBook Pro lineup receiving 4th generation Intel Core technology (Haswell) alongside a final push for the Mac Pro 2013 to stores.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has forecast that Apple will release three major changes to products sometime in 2014. These include a new MacBook, a cheaper iMac, and a sharper iPad. Kuo's analysis is based on past patterns by Apple, statements by Tim Cook, and other information.
Sharp has begun sampling the first ever 15.6-inch 4K2K displays for notebooks, using the company's IGZO technology and delivering a whopping 2,840 x 2,160 resolution that some suspect will turn up in the 2014 MacBook Pro. The new panels, Sharp says, run at 282 ppi compared to the current mass-produced maximum of around 235 ppi from a 3,200 x 1,800 display.
Apple is said to in development on a larger model iPad. This isn't the first time such reports have surfaced, and in this case it looks like the details are calling for a 12-inch iPad. But with that in mind, other reports have suggested Apple was working on a 13-inch model. As with early rumors the details tend to vary, but aside from the specific size, this latest report is coming by way of the Chinese language United Daily News and states that Apple is working with Quanta Computer.
It's a frankenstein monster of efforts, this computing rig appearing this afternoon, one that connects a MacBook Air to graphics it has no business running on its own - but certainly has the ability to roll with, it would seem. This amalgamation of bits and pieces starts with a Thunderbolt to Express Card adapter, moving on then to an ExpressCard to PCI-Express adapter, then connecting in the end to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 graphics card. This beast then - after all that - brings what very much appears to be a high-end gaming experience to the Apple notebook.