Apple is reportedly planning a sort of MacBook Air/iPad hybrid alongside the company’s more typical MacBook Air and MacBook Pro refreshes. The rumor originates out of WeiPhone from a forum poster that has provided accurate information in the past, lending credibility to the report. The supposed device is said to sport a 12-inch Retina display and come with some key differences compared with Apple devices currently out right now.
According to the forum poster’s sources, the device will reportedly feature a redesigned trackpad without a mechanical button, and instead feature tactile feedback to simulate a click. It’s unclear if Apple will vary the size of the trackpad at all, but in a 12-inch form factor, chances are it’ll closely mirror what’s available on the 11-inch MacBook Air since the two are so close in size.
In addition to the new trackpad, and perhaps the biggest part of the new device, will be the lack of a fan, suggesting the form factor will be a lot like current iPad devices. The 12-inch notebook could still run OS X, meaning we’ll finally see Apple’s fabled “iPad Pro” device hit the market. Last year, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted Apple would release such a device with Retina display and market the device as its most portable notebook yet. No proposed timeline is mentioned in the report, so it could be awhile before anything even turns up.
The poster also mentions Apple developing an iWatch, though the device is still allegedly in the prototype stages, meaning an announcement is still a ways off. Not only will Apple potentially introduce a big new redesign to its iPhone, but it could release a new 12-inch device, other notebook refreshes and a wearable all before the year is up. It’s almost the end of March and Apple hasn’t held a single announcement, so perhaps all the big guns will be let out during the second half of this year