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.