The iPhone 6 has been officially announced. The veil has been eventually lifted on the Apple Watch. Pre-orders for the jumbo-sized iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now live in ten countries across the world – and selling out fast. It’s been a busy week for Apple on all things relating to the iPhone and iOS, and it looks like the MacBook and OS X segments are about to get busy too. Remember those rumors pertaining to an ultra-slim 12-inch MacBook that surfaced earlier on this year? Well, they’re back, but this time suggesting that the revolutionary MacBook could make an official appearance in mid-2015.

It’s easy to get caught up in the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 circus that’s currently going on in Cupertino, and the rest of the world for that matter, but let’s not foget the popularity of the MacBook. This year’s rumors suggested that Apple were looking to release a new version of its notebook built into an ultra-slim external shell, complete with a stunning Retina display and a unique buttonless trackpad for navigation. In addition to those features, it was also suggested that the new portable computer would ship without a processor cooling fan. Apple is yet to confirm the existence of such a machine, but a number of new sources are moving to confirm that it does indeed exist.

MacBook-Air

Original estimations for the ultra-slim MacBook predicted that it could have attempted to penetrate the market in June / August of this year. However, that boat has clearly sailed away. Sources familiar with the product are reporting that delays with Intel’s next-generation Broadwell processors have seen the launch put back to the middle of next year. On a more interesting note, it’s also been suggested that Apple is ready to break tradition by offering the new MacBook in the same Silver, Gold and Space Gray colors that make up the iPhone aesthetics.

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It’ll be extremely interesting to follow developments with this product line and to actually see if the purported color options will be offered as a permanent part of the range going forward, or if as we suspect, will be offered on a short-term basis as part of a limited time “special edition” offer.

It seems pretty nailed on that the ultra-slim MacBook is coming; the only real uncertainty is when?

(via: MacRumors)

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