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New MacBook Airs could launch tomorrow, bigger updates later this year

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:47PM EST
2014 MacBook Air Design and Size
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Apple will reportedly launch new MacBook Air soon that will be even thinner and lighter than their predecessors, German publication MobileGeeks has apparently learned from sources within Apple’s supply chain. The publication says Apple has hired watchmakers for the development of thinner MacBook Airs, needing their experience with highly complex and extremely small components.

The 2014 11.6-inch MacBook Air will reportedly be more similar to a classic 10.1-inch netbook. MobileGeeks says that the frame around the screen will be narrower, while the profile of the MacBook air will further lose a few millimeters – the current 11.6-inch machine is 0.3mm thick at its slimmest edge and measures 1.7cm at the display hinged edge.

It’s not clear whether the 13.3-inch MacBook Air model will receive similar cosmetic changes, but current 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Air models are similar when it comes to design, a feature Apple will likely keep in place in the future.

The publication further speculates that one of the technologies that would help Apple release even more compact models would be the use of flexible batteries – one such battery is described in the video below, starting at the 0:45 mark.

While these new models may or may not be in the works, a separate report from reliable Apple reporter Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac says new MacBook Air models that are far less significant updates could be released as soon as Tuesday.

UPDATE: 9to5Mac has published specs for the new MacBook Air models expected to debut tomorrow. A screenshot follows below and the rest of the details can be found in their post.

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 brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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