As per a report, a MacBook Air with Retina display is currently in the works, with a projected release bracket of Q3 2013. In recent times, the only rumors we’ve heard pertaining to the MacBook Air was that it would be getting a refresh around June, with no notable changes from the previous generations, but this report throws everything up into the air once more.
As soon as the MacBook Pro got the Retina treatment, attention naturally turned to the MacBook Air. Hitherto, the Cupertino company has neglected the ultra-thin, tapered-edged notebook in favor of the higher-end flavor of its revered notebook series, and although we haven’t heard a great deal with regards to a MacBook Air with Retina display, EMSOne seems pretty confident it’ll be arriving in the coming months.
One has to wonder, given how bloated and heavy the iPad became following the implementation of the crisp Retina display, whether Apple will manage to maintain the thin, light form factor which gives the Air its name. As a user of the MacBook Air, one of the main reasons I purchased it was because of the phenomenal amount of power packed into such a light frame, and although I am a massive fan of high-res displays, I would not sacrifice the current form factor for a sharper display.
A repeat of the iPad 3 and more recently, the fourth-gen iPad is unlikely to be on the cards this time around however, since we’ve already seen just how the design team at Apple can pack beefed-up specs into an even smaller package. The current MacBook Pro with Retina display – while not as thin and light as the Air – is still a stroke of engineering genius, and until I saw it in the shops and held it with my own hands, I could not quite believe what I was looking at during last year’s WWDC.
Tim Cook’s company will need to pull of some similar magic if it is to keep the popular notebook as svelte as possible, and with the rumor mill now reignited, those who’d perhaps previously resigned themselves to a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display have renewed hope once more.