Rumored 12in Macbook Air with Retina Display may not ship this year

Ever since Apple launched their Macbook Pro line with a Retina Display, consumers have been pondering when it's younger brother would acquire this new high resolution display. Even with the recently updated hardware, the Macbook Air has not seen as many substantial upgrades that the Macbook Pro has. Most recently, a report from the Taiwanese website, Economic Daily, suggests that Apple was supposed to release a new Macbook Air model that is said to feature the Retina Display in Q3 of 2014, but it has been delayed.

Although there has been no information given regarding any sort of hardware refresh from Apple, the report explains that the delay was caused by a shortage of Intel's new Broadwell chips, which are supposed to be included in the new models. While there may be a shortage of chips, the report adds that the updated 11 and 13 inch models without Retina Display are still on track for release in late-2014.

While there is already a strong demand for the MacBook Air, a refresh that features the high resolution display will likely big a huge draw for the company as their MacBook Airs are considered to be an industry benchmark and by adding a Retina display, it becomes even more attractive to buyers.

Source: Economic Daily | Image via Apple

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Wrong about no on wanting touch. I'm in the market for a laptop and I looked at Apple,
but because they don't have to touch I've crossed them off my list.

Clamdigger63 said,
Wrong about no on wanting touch. I'm in the market for a laptop and I looked at Apple,
but because they don't have to touch I've crossed them off my list.

I've had a touch screen laptop almost 2 years, and it is good for some things like zooming in and out, but not all things, specially precision ones.

I would like to know when Apple are going to "innovate" touch on their laptops? They would be the first company to have touch on their laptop. Well, that's not 100% true, they wouldn't be first. OK they'd be last, but this is Apple. So it would be innovative and it would be Apple and they can say they're first. Millions of billions of people would believe them. Touch on their Rectal Display would be awesome.

Contrary to popular internet belief, touch on laptops is not in high demand. The Surface got it right with its hybrid system. However, a full fledge laptop with touch is not ergonomic and the novelty wears off after a few days. Furthermore, the trackpad on Apple laptops are smooth like butter. I'd rather use that excellent trackpad versus smudging my retina screen.

@JHBrown: Right on the money. I cant even think about using a touchscreen laptop let alone monitor on my desktop.

My surface I love the touch screen but dont find myself using it when in "laptop" mode. Also the Apple Trackpad is perfect and like you said using that would be better than the touch screen

Sikh said,
@JHBrown: Right on the money. I cant even think about using a touchscreen laptop let alone monitor on my desktop.

My surface I love the touch screen but dont find myself using it when in "laptop" mode. Also the Apple Trackpad is perfect and like you said using that would be better than the touch screen

Touch was only needed cause nearly all PC laptops have useless touchpads. My macbook air is literally the first computer ive not needed a mouse with.

That says more about your computer skills rather than the trackpad.

Anyhow, Steve Jobs once said touch surfaces don't want to be vertical signaling that it would never come to laptops and iMac. But of course things may change in time.

not really pretty much all trackpads ive ever used are junk on windows, the only ones which stand out are samsung ones, lenovo, hp, sony, are junk. I have a HP DV6 that is literally unusuable without a mouse. Either they are not senstive enough/and or the track pad itself is too small.

AtriusNY said,
That says more about your computer skills rather than the trackpad.

Anyhow, Steve Jobs once said touch surfaces don't want to be vertical signaling that it would never come to laptops and iMac. But of course things may change in time.

Lol. Kids.