Mark Gurman is the 18 year-old high school student and part-time Apple tracker at 9to5Mac who had a prodigious series of successful predictions leading up to this week’s Apple WWDC. His sources indicate that Apple will be unveiling Retina display versions of the MacBook Air in the near term:
Apple also working on MacBook Airs and iMacs with Retina Displays Mark Gurman via 9to5Mac
According to sources, the MacBook Retina Display that will debut at WWDC will not stay exclusive to Apple’s Pro notebook, but it will come down to the MacBook Air family as well.
Apple’s new MacBook Air will not see major changes across the entire computer like the next-generation MacBook Pro, but this update will truly be all about the Retina Display. The current MacBook Air form-factor is less than two years old. Just like the new iPad added components such as an A5X processor and 5MP camera to support the headlining 2048 x 1536 Retina Display, the new MacBook Air’s other enhanced components will be built-around the presentation of its gorgeous new screen.
Apple is preparing both new 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models. These new Airs lack notable design changes, but feature fast and power-efficient Ivy Bridge processors and improved graphics engines to support the Retina Display, according to supply chain sources. The new Airs will also use improved Apple internal battery technology in order to support the battery life required by high-pixel-density screens such as the Retina Display, according to sources familiar with prototype versions of the super-thin notebook’s internal components.
I was considering buying a new 11” MacBook Air — mine is from late 2010 — but now I will wait. It would really make a big difference when using such a small screen.