Apple’s long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is shaping up to be a big step forward for the popular laptop. Some new details have just been published by 9to5Mac.
According to the site’s sources inside Apple, the new laptop will feature a major redesign that is significantly thinner than previous models. As pictured in the rendering, the new keyboard will also span the entire length of the machine. The keys will apparently be spaced closer together.
But some of the biggest changes focus on the number of ports on the redesigned Air. Here’s more from the site:
The upcoming 12-inch Air has the fewest amount of ports ever on an Apple computer, as can be seen in the rendition above. On the left side is a standard headphone jack and dual-microphones for input and noise-canceling. On the right side is solely the new USB Type-C port. Yes, Apple is currently planning to ditch standard USB ports, the SD Card slot, and even its Thunderbolt and MagSafe charging standards on this new notebook. We must note that Apple tests several designs of upcoming products, so Apple may choose to ultimately release a new Air that does include the legacy components, though there is very little space on the edges for them.
That’s a major shift, but something not unheard of from Apple. Interestingly, the Type-C connector can apparently be used to power computers. It’s also reversible.
While the report has a number of new tidbits about the design of the MacBook Air, the release timeframe is still unknown. It could possibly hit the market around WWDC in June, and be available in Space Gray just like iOS devices.
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