In early 2015, Apple celebrated the start of the year by producing a 12-inch MacBook Air with a high-definition display and retina scan, according to the Wall Street Journal. It is expected that Apple will be shipping out “large quantities” of this new laptop, which is set to occur sometime in the second quarter of 2015 – The actual launch date is yet to be discussed. Rumors about the new MacBook Air came swirling out last year, thanks to Daniel Matte, an analyst from Canalys. Matte is confident that the new Retina MacBook air will come with a 12-inch Retina display, as well as a resolution of 2732 x 1536.
Matte’s prediction actually makes perfect sense, since the new MacBook Air’s resolution is similar to the 264ppi count present in the iPad Air. This means that Apple has the ability to produce a bigger panel easily. The resolution of the new MacBook Air is four times the current MacBook Air’s resolution of 1536 x 1366, not posing any problems when it comes to scaling up apps. At the moment, it is still unclear whether the 12-inch Retina MacBook air will take over the 11-inch and 13-inch models. But since both models have been renewed with better Intel processors, it is highly expected that one of them will stay on the market, but with a lower price.
The pricier MacBook Pro already comes with its own Retina display, which comes with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (13-inch version), or 2880 x 1800 pixels (15-inch version). The current MacBook Air comes with a resolution of 1366 x 768 (11-inch version), or 1440 x 900 (13-inch version). There are rumors that Apple is planning to adopt the high-resolution display for the new MacBook Air, whose last display update was in 2013. Apple promises that their new MacBook Air has a Retina display that’s four times amount of the usual standard display, allowing for ‘incredible detail’. This new Retina display will give out a bigger contrast, lesser glare, deeper blacks, and a wide viewing angle. Every app that came with the newest version of the Mac OS X already supports the new resolution.
It may also seem like Apple wants to be at par with its main competitors. A lot of Windows PC sellers want their notebooks to have a bigger resolution display, as well as a price tag lower than the MacBook Air. When a Retina display is included, it could assist Apple in attracting more potential buyers.