I've been waiting for a more affordable Retina MacBook for ages, and it sounds like I might finally get my wish soon. According to AppleInsider, a 12" MacBook with a high-density display is on schedule for next year.
The site quotes KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whom it calls a "well-connected insider," as saying the upcoming 12" MacBook will have an "ultra-slim clamshell form factor" as well as a display "on par" with that of existing MacBook Pro Retina systems. I assume this means the pixel density will be similar, and the resolution will be lower. (For reference, the 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display has a 2560x1600 resolution and a 227 PPI density.)
According to AppleInsider, Kuo also expects the 12" MacBook system to be powered by a "traditional Intel CPU." The rumor mill had been forecasting the arrival of Macs based on Apple's own A-series processor for some time, but it sounds like the supposed 12" machine won't be one of them. Frankly, I don't mind. Being able to dual-boot Windows and OS X is always handy, and an ARM-based processor would make that difficult, if not impossible.
In related news, AppleInsider says a sixth-gen iPad will come out late next year with "as much as 40 percent more pixels" than the current model. Moar pixels in a tablet that already has a high-PPI screen isn't as exciting a prospect, though, at least in my view.
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