Apple will finally launch a MacBook Air with a Retina display, according to a new report. Sources who are “familiar with the matter” told the Wall Street Journal that Apple suppliers were mass producing a 12” MacBook Air with higher-resolution. Reportedly, production began earlier this year. Apple suppliers are planning to ship large quantities of the new Air sometime during the next quarter. No specific launch date has been confirmed.
The addition of a Retina display isn’t exactly a new concept for Apple. Its MacBook Pro already offers Retina displays with resolutions of 2,560×1,600 and 2,880×1,800 for its 13.3” and 15” models respectively. Resolutions for current Air models are unimpressive at 1,366×768 for the 11” version and 1,440×900 for the 13” model. Rumors have been floating around for quite some time about Apple adopting a higher-resolution display for its Air models.
If the rumors are true, the MacBook Pro might give us some clues as to what we can expect with a higher-resolution Air. According to Apple, MacBook Pros have 4x the number of pixels of a standard display, allowing for incredible detail. They also tout that the display offers deeper blacks, higher contrast, a wider viewing angle and reduced glare.
Many Windows PC vendors are already offering ultrabooks with super high-resolution displays, and many of these devices are priced lower than the MacBook Air. For Apple, adding Retina displays to its Air models could lure in more buyers.
If the Wall Street Journal’s sources are correct, this would also mean that Apple is introducing a new 12” model to the Air line-up. This is unusual for Apple as the company typically offers two screen sizes with each product. The introduction of a 12” model may mean the end for the 11” or 13” Air.
Apple has yet to confirm or deny the rumors, but the company will host a launch event on March 9. Apple is expected to reveal the Apple Watch, but according to reports, other products are also on the company’s launch agenda.