Analyst: Apple will release Ultra-Slim 12-inch Retina MacBook in 2014

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has quite an exciting prediction for 2014. He says Apple will release a MacBook with a 12-inch Retina display that, despite its features, will be thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air.

Kuo adds that the 12-inch Retina MacBook will be priced lower than the current line of Retina MacBook Pros due to improved yield rates. From his note:

We expect the unprecedented 12” model will boast both the portability of the 11” model, and productivity of the 13” model. The high resolution display will also offer the outstanding visual experience of the Retina MacBook Pro. The offering will likely be lighter and slimmer than the existing MacBook Air to further highlight ease of portability in the cloud computing era. We think the form factor will showcase a much improved clamshell structure, and that it will redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air.

Kuo’s report matches DisplaySearch’s report from earlier this week, which said that “Apple is planning to revamp nearly all of the displays in its products over the next year.” The report pegged the resolution at 2304 x 1440 pixels.

While higher resolution displays typically necessitate a larger battery, Apple’s move to IGZO displays in the future will help it keep the battery size the same without impacting battery life.

It’s not clear if the 12-inch Retina MacBook will be a replacement for the MacBook Air, and where exactly it will fit in the MacBook product lineup. Thin and light are the two main selling points of the MacBook Air, so it’s possible that Apple chooses to replace the existing 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air lineup with this new 12-inch Retina MacBook. But for that the company would have to ensure that the entry-level pricing is around $1000, so that buyers still have an option at that price point.

[via MacRumors]