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12-inch 2304x1440 MacBook for 2014 Tipped by Analyst

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Does Apple have a few tricks up its sleeve for 2014?

If you've been thinking about getting a MacBook Air, you might do well to hang on a little bit longer for your new laptop. Apple is apparently planning to introduce a whole new model to its 2014 line of notebooks. 9to5Mac cites KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo as saying that in mid-2014, Apple might release a 12-inch MacBook with a new design that is thinner than the current MacBook Air and has a high-res Retina display.  This lines up with previous reports from NPD that discussed a 12-inch MacBook with a 2304 x 1440 display.

According to Kuo, there's also the possibility of a new, cheaper iMac due in Q2 or Q3 next year and a sixth-generation iPad with a 9.7-inch display (the same as the current generation), and a PPI that is 30- to 40-percent higher than the current Retina iPad.

There is still no word on when we can expect Apple to update its MacBook line with Intel's Haswell processors. Intel introduced Haswell in June of this year, and we've seen numerous PC makers update their lines to include the new chips. Unfortunately, those looking to upgrade their MacBooks have been left waiting. We'll keep you posted on any developments on that front. 

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    patrick47018 , October 14, 2013 4:08 PM
    Dat' PPI
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    squeeks , October 14, 2013 4:24 PM
    Macbook Air has haswell...
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    expl0itfinder , October 14, 2013 4:35 PM
    Actually, Macbook Air has neither Broadwell nor Haswell:

    "There is still no word on when we can expect Apple to update its MacBook line with Intel's Haswell processors. Intel introduced Haswell in June of this year, and we've seen numerous PC makers update their lines to include the new chips. Unfortunately, those looking to upgrade their MacBooks have been left waiting."
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    nevilence , October 14, 2013 4:44 PM
    I dont overly like Macs, not for any reason beyond never using them, and the leap from windows to mac seems huge at times, but damn their displays are amazing
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    TomsSound , October 14, 2013 4:45 PM
    expl0itfinder.... Although I can sort of see how you can come to that conclusion based on the way the article was worded...

    The fact is the Mac Book Air does have Haswell based processors.
    http://www.apple.com/macbook-air/performance.html
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    wolley74 , October 14, 2013 5:26 PM
    why do you need that high of a DPI on a laptop, it'll be at least 18" from your face, not to mention the extra strain on the GPU to drive it and the battery to power it
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    wolley74 , October 14, 2013 5:31 PM
    why do you need that high of a DPI on a laptop, it'll be at least 18" from your face, not to mention the extra strain on the GPU to drive it and the battery to power it
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    DirectXtreme , October 14, 2013 5:39 PM
    @wolley74 displays with high PPIs are extremely useful for graphics work and reading and gaming without having to rely on dubiously-implemented anti-aliasing methods. I wish my desktop monitor had a PPI like my iPhone does. I sit about 1.5' away from my monitor and can easily notice jaggies in games and programs. Unfortunately, it will be about a year before a 4K monitor is released in the size range that I desire (22" - 24"). Yes there is the IBM T220/T221, but those can't be driven at 60 Hz.
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    smeezekitty , October 14, 2013 8:00 PM
    They have all these small high resolution displays on portable devices yet why aren't there any desktop monitors that support 1920x1080 at less then 21.5 inches?
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    1zacster , October 14, 2013 10:38 PM
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    Left PCs behind years ago along with PC gaming. Been rocking a monstrosity of a laptop ever since but I think it's time to go the MacBook air/tablet route now. As long as it can drive a decent sized external monitor that's the way I'm going. The last desktop left my household 4 years ago. We have tablets and laptops with a home server.


    I would like to see your "gaming" laptop beat my nvidia surround system...that cost me half the price ($1000)
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    smeezekitty , October 14, 2013 10:46 PM
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    MacBook air/tablet route now.

    Just don't expect it do run games decently ... or run a big compile job ... or do pretty much any heavy task LOL
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    damianrobertjones , October 15, 2013 1:59 AM
    So...2304 x 1440.

    I do wish that EVERY article stated that the mac won't actually RUN at the full 2304 x 1440 but instead a crazy high DPI thing going on.
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    expl0itfinder , October 15, 2013 3:52 AM
    My mistake, not exactly a huge Mac guy. I mistook the information in the article. It makes it seem like they are not shipping with Haswell.
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    GoldenI , October 15, 2013 4:13 AM
    Macbooks are nice, but I refuse to pay a large price just for the aesthetics. There are many laptops out there that are very, very nice looking... yet they could completely demolish the Macbook in terms of hardware.
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    nbelote , October 15, 2013 4:15 AM
    "Actually, Macbook Air has neither Broadwell nor Haswell"

    Actually, you're wrong. The MBA does have Haswell:
    http://store.apple.com/us/buy-mac/macbook-air

    Otherwise, where does that HD Graphics 5000 come from?
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    expl0itfinder , October 15, 2013 6:43 AM
    Thank you, I see that now.