According to sources from Taiwan-based supply chain makers, the DigiTimes reports Apple will have a new Retina Display equipped MacBook Air ready to ship by the second half of 2014.
News of a new MacBook Air first broke the same source suggested that MacBook shipments would for this year would drop by 15-percent. Compared to last year the supply chain makers expected the 12 million units sold in 2013 would drop to 10 million or even bottom out to 9.9 million units this season.
Early in the year MacBook shipments through January and February have been holding steady, but in March Apple has significantly decreased orders.
The Taiwan-based supply chain makers shared their opinion that these new shipment predictions are simply not accurate because they don't account for a new MacBook Air model.
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Rumors of Retina Display finally making its way over to Apple's thinnest and lightest laptop have been swirling around since last February. But such a model never showed up at WWDC last summer.
In other 12-inch news, the same report points to a new large 12-inch iPad also slated for the second half of 2014. Quanta Computer is also cited OEM manufacturer for the bigger iPad. Last December we also heard Apple was in the midst of testing a 12.9-inch tablet complete with 2K and 4K screens.
With both products coming out for the second half of 2014, it would put release dates right after the Worldwide Developer Conference in the summer, where Apple has classically announced new laptops and other products. Stay tuned for more, this year could shape up to be an exciting one with Apple.
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