Rumor: Apple to launch 12-inch Retina MacBook in 2014

While we wait for Apple to officially launch "Mavericks," its latest OS X update, the company is supposed to be working on some new Mac hardware products for launch in 2014. That's the word from reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who sent out a research note today with the claim about Apple's future hardware plans.

9to5Mac.com reports that, according to Kuo, Apple is working on a 12-inch MacBook with a Retina display for a launch in the second or third quarter of 2014. His note claims that the laptop will be thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air; he says the laptop will feature a new clamshell design and will have an Intel processor. The notebook could also cost less than current Apple laptops. Kuo claims that the 12-inch MacBook  could "redefine laptop computing" as the MacBook Air did several years ago.

Kuo's research note also says that Apple will release a new iMac in 2014 that will be cheaper than the current version, which apparently didn't ship as many units as Apple expected. He also claims the sixth-generation iPad will have a higher resolution display but keep the 9.7-inch screen.

Source: 9to5Mac.com | Image via Apple

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