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Retina MacBook Air to Launch This Year, Says Report

by Sean P. Aune | March 26, 2014March 26, 2014 9:30 am PST

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It appears that Apple may finally be bringing its popular MacBook Air line of laptops into the Retina age.

According to “supply chain sources” speaking with DigiTimes, Apple may finally be updating the MacBook Air to include a Retina display. Some sources feel that MacBook Air shipments are actually going to drop off this year to around 10 million units, but other sources are saying that those suppliers aren’t taking into account the updates that we could see before the end of the year.

However, other Taiwan-based supply chain makers hold the opinion that 2014 MacBook shipments estimates may not be accurate because Apple will launch new models in the second half of 2014. Apple will reportedly launch a MacBook Air with Retina display, the makers said.

There have been a lot of rumors circulating over the past few months that Apple will be changing up the MacBook product lines, the most notable being that Apple will kill off the non-Retina 13-inch model. Additionally, the assumption has been for some time now that the Air line would end up going Retina simply to have a universal look across the product lines.

Apple is gearing up to release new MacBook models in 2014 including a MacBook Air with Retina Display, according to a new report from DigiTimes citing supply chain sources. The story notes that while some Taiwan-based supply chain makers are expecting MacBook shipments in 2014 to fall to 10 million units, others are projecting higher numbers with the belief that Apple’s will refresh of its notebook line later this year and release a Retina MacBook Air.

It has been close to 10 months since the Air line was updated, and Apple typically refreshes them once a year, so we should be hearing something in the not too distant future. Will it involve a Retina screen? We’ll just have to wait and see.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...