MacBook Air refresh to debut next week, still no Retina for now

By Alexandra Burlacu | Apr 25, 2014 07:51 AM EDT

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Apple rumors are always flying high and a new report now claims we may see updated MacBook Air laptops as soon as next week.

Just recently the rumor mill started buzzing earlier this month about a big change that was purportedly in the cards for the next MacBook Air line. Reports were indicating that Apple planned to radically update its MacBook Air lineup this year, most notably readying a thinner, lighter, 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to launch in 2014.

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Those rumors suggested that the new Air models with Retina displays will not arrive until later this year, but new information now claims that Apple may introduce new MacBook Air models as soon as this week. It remains unclear, however, whether these will be Retina models.

A new report from French publication MacGeneration (via Cult of Mac) cites reliable sources as saying that Apple will update its 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air models next week. These sources said the upcoming updated models will not sport Retina displays, however.

Instead, the refreshed models to debut next week are expected to offer slight upgrades in terms of specifications, but without bringing any major changes to the table.

Apple's "Resolutionary" Retina displays are something that many MacBook Air fans have been asking for, but Retina MacBook Air models are not expected to debut until this year's WWDC even scheduled to take place on June 2-6 in San Francisco.

In conclusion, if reports so far are to be believed, Apple will release revamped MacBook Air models next week, but only with slight bumps in the spec department, i.e. a minor upgrade. A new Retina MacBook Air that would bring more notable changes to the table would make its debut at the WWDC 2014 or some other Apple event, while the much-rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display may arrive later this year.

Keep in mind, however, that it's all based on rumors and speculation at this point, as Apple has not confirmed nor announced anything for now. Until we have some official word from the company, it is highly advisable to take all leaks, rumors, and speculation with a hefty grain of salt.



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