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New 12-inch MacBook Air Details Surface, May Sport Fanless Design

by Todd Haselton | September 22, 2014September 22, 2014 9:00 am PST

Macbook Air 2014 vs Macbook Air 2013 - 11-inch

We recently covered a report that suggested Apple has plans to introduce a thinner 12-inch MacBook Air sometime in the middle of next year. The author of that story, Jack March, suggested that he has learned Apple plans to launch gold, silver and gray models of its new thin and light notebook. Now March is back with new details from the same source.

He suggests that Apple is making a number of changes in its new 12-inch MacBook Air. Apparently the device will ditch the MagSafe connector for something different: maybe a totally different design or perhaps something newer. Is it possible the company has created a similar design to the MagSafe used in the Apple Watch, which uses wireless charging? We’re not sure, but we hope that’s the direction we’re heading.

Additionally, Apple will reportedly include the new USB Type C standard, which allows you to plug in a USB cable from any direction; it doesn’t matter if the cable is up or down, which is similar to how the Lightning cable operates on Apple’s iOS products.

March says that Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook Air will feature a fanless design, which means it probably operates on one of Intel’s latest generation Broadwell processors, which are capable of delivering that sort of performance. Apparently Apple is revamping the keyboard layout so there’s very little space on the borders, and that this design carries over to a display with very little bezels, too. The speakers are also reportedly moved to just below the screen.

We don’t know how accurate this report is right now but it’s likely Apple has plans to refresh its MacBook Air in the future with at least a Retina display, and we certainly wouldn’t be shocked if it changes some of the other industrial design elements, either.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...