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12-inch MacBook Air launch may happen sooner than you think

Published Jan 13th, 2015 5:00PM EST

Apple may soon launch the brand new 12-inch MacBook Air version, a slimmer, redesigned version of Apple’s iconic laptop model, with Digitimes saying that Taiwan-based Quanta Computer has already started volume production of the new version.

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Apple is set to launch the 12-inch MacBook Air model at some point in the first quarter of 2015, the site’s unnamed source said, with the redesigned laptop expected to replace the existing 11-inch MacBook Air. Meanwhile, the 13-inch MacBook Air will still be present in Apple’s MacBook Air lineup.

In addition to the 12-inch MacBook Air, Quanta is also supposed to manufacture the Apple Watch, with the device also expected to hit stores soon.

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook Air has been recently detailed in reports, and should mark an important redesign of Apple’s Air laptop family. The device is supposed to be much slimmer than current models, as Apple is set to ditch internal fans by making use of the significantly more efficient Intel Core M chip. Furthermore, the 12-inch MacBook Air is also supposed to ditch a variety of ports, and only feature a USB Type-C port and a headphone jack.

Actual images of the laptop aren’t available yet, though various sketches based on existing rumors have been published online.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.