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Leaked 12-Inch MacBook Air Design Details Revealed in New Mockups [Images]

Leaked 12-Inch MacBook Air Design Details Revealed in New Mockups [Images]

Posted January 6, 2015 at 8:47pm by iClarified
New details about Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air have been leaked by 9to5Mac alongside mockups that depict what the compact notebook will look like.

The 12-inch MacBook Air will be considerably smaller than the current 13-inch version, yet also slightly narrower than the 11-inch model. The new 12-inch version is approximately a quarter-of-an-inch narrower than the 11-inch version, yet it is also a quarter-of-an-inch taller in order to accommodate the slightly larger display. In order to fit the larger screen into a footprint about the size of the current 11-inch model, the bezels on the display have been reduced on all sides.

Leaked 12-Inch MacBook Air Design Details Revealed in New Mockups [Images]


According to sources inside Apple that have used the prototype computer, the entire notebook has been revamped from the keyboard to the trackpad and speakers. The keyboard sits nearly edge-to-edge across the width of the MacBook. The keys have been redesigned so they sit closer together and to keep the keyboard as narrow as possible, Apple has relocated some of the function keys across the top and tweaked the arrow keys. The trackpad is about the same size as an 11-inch MacBook Air but slightly taller, almost touching the bottom of the keyboard and the bottom of the frame.

Leaked 12-Inch MacBook Air Design Details Revealed in New Mockups [Images]

In line with past rumors, the trackpad no longer has the same click that Apple's other trackpads feature. This is likely to reduce the thickness of the device. The overall design of the notebook is said to feature a teardrop-like, tapered design that gets thinner from the top to the bottom. Above the keyboard are four speaker grills that are also used as ventilation holes.

Leaked 12-Inch MacBook Air Design Details Revealed in New Mockups [Images]


It's said that the device is so thin that Apple employees refer to it as the MacBook Stealth. Unfortunately, the notebook's small fingerprint means less ports. On the left is a headphone jack and dual microphones. On the right is just the USB Type-C port. Apparently, Apple is even considering ditching Thunderbolt for the new laptop. USB Type-C can be used to power computers and drive displays making a MagSafe plug unnecessary. Hopefully, Apple will create a hub of some sort that could be used to attach multiple devices to the laptop.

Leaked 12-Inch MacBook Air Design Details Revealed in New Mockups [Images]

It's still unclear when Apple will debut this new notebook; however, some reports have been suggesting mid-2015. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, or RSS for updates.

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Great!
Great! - January 8, 2015 at 3:34am
Force press coming to a Mac touchpad like it did for the Apple watch
tommyy
tommyy - January 7, 2015 at 2:43pm
no power cord. might be wireless charging.
Vang
Vang - January 6, 2015 at 10:45pm
Keep the ideas flowing. Cause we all know Apple is just taking ideas at this point. Billions will be milked before the next move. Oh I forgot to mention. That will require a charging redesign adaptor. The saga goes on...............
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - January 6, 2015 at 10:47pm
At this point only in general. We didn't ask for Apple pay and that was included in the 6 and 6 plus. Basically Apple chooses what makes their perfect notebook better.
Ken
Ken - January 7, 2015 at 2:38am
Taking ideas from where? You must be confused with the likes of Samsung.
Snowbie
Snowbie - January 6, 2015 at 9:22pm
Without a touchscreen, this sucks... unfortunately. This is the form factor they should have introduced 2 years ago. -Long time user of a Macbook Air 13" and now a Surface Pro 3 user. The Surface is FAR more useful.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro - January 6, 2015 at 10:12pm
I agree with you. Im a Galaxy Note Pro 12.2-ich user - much more useful than the ipad and Im sure the Macbook Air. This Air looks pathetic - reminds me of 2002 !!!
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - January 6, 2015 at 10:38pm
Apple shouldn't have introduced this gimmick. The way Microsoft made the surface is the only hype about it but Apple doing it would just make this sound unreasonable just like the way Microsoft tried to push itself ahead with this. Why separate it? How is it a laptop if it needs the stand to hold it and if it's not built like a laptop? What's the point of touchscreen on computers? Why do I need a computer screen to rotate more than it needs to? My point is this breaks the fourth wall of laptop logic. Many companies build computers like Apple. I am fine the way I am, the reviews are enough to say how perfect I am.
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - January 6, 2015 at 10:42pm
"Mind blown" "best laptop ever made." "Takes battery to a whole new places it's never been."
TechnoGeek
TechnoGeek - January 7, 2015 at 1:11am
@ Samsung Galaxy Note Pro: Do you realize that an IPad can do much more than your Samsung and a MacBook will make the Galaxy look silly. I'm talking out of experience. That Galaxy will look like device from the Palm Pilot days if you compare it to an Apple device.. I'm serious... You should really get a demo.
Ken
Ken - January 7, 2015 at 2:39am
Lol 2002, yeah right.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro - January 7, 2015 at 10:19am
@TechnoGeek : Ive had every single iPad ever made and using Apple products for 14 years. As a designer, artist and Apple technician I tell you that the iPad is very limited. Yes it has more APPS and thats about it. The 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro has much much more - stereo speakers, additional MicroSD card slot for more memory, bigger screen, S-Pen (Wacom technology - best stylus ever used), Plug into USB3 port on my mac and just transfer files - no syncing and iTunes needed, Dual USB flash stick support, remote to Samsung TV's, Customisable OS, etc. Ive had the iPad and the Styluses you get are pathetic - Yes ive had the Bamboo, Aronis, Bluetooth ones you name it, Ive had them. There is NO BETTER stylus than the S-Pen. You should give the Pro a test. Im not saying the iPad is not good BUT compared to the Note pro believe me it doesnt match.
Galaxy Note Pro
Galaxy Note Pro - January 7, 2015 at 10:35am
@TechnoGeek : I forgot to mention. The GNP battery life out lasts the iPad by far yet it has a bigger screen. Ive watched a full HD movie and it only uses 3% battery life, with full screen brightness, wireless enabled and connected, bluetooth enabled and LTE enabled. Try watching a bluray movie on your iPad and tell me how much battery life it sucks up. Oh and it also syncs perfectly with iCloud and all its services. Add NOVA LAUNCHER and it even resembles the iPad look. And the stylus fits right into the tablet - so you always have it with you, no need to worry where you left it.
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - January 7, 2015 at 11:51am
the Galaxy tab may look like it does everything but when jailbroken, that's saying a lot for whatever iPads can really do. As far as effect go and functionality, it has parallax, transparency on home screen, web, handoff to transfer apps wherever, it can be used as a second monitor for a Mac, Apple Pay for the newest quickest payment method ever done, thinnest and less reflecting tablet ever done on a full sized tablet, dual mics, even more power efficient than before so mine lasts a bit over 2 days on a single charge no matter what I do with it, use home kit accessories that really helped me cut my electric bill, simple sluggish free performance, and best of all, use the remote app on my Apple TV that moves more than any remote that comes with it or the roku.
hamood_d10
hamood_d10 - January 6, 2015 at 8:57pm
since the design that steve jobs did nothing is changed only thiner and bigger, from iphone 4-6 nothing change from iphone 1-4 yes big change, from macbook to macbook pro 2009 big change, Apple we love you but we want more
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - January 6, 2015 at 9:03pm
This article only mentions the design thereby it's only the beginning of the new products. Iphone 6 came out and didn't just looked bigger. You'll get more when more leaks comes out.
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - January 6, 2015 at 8:54pm
Wouldn't this mean making room for the back for the ports.
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