Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released predictions about Apple’s future laptop plans. Most notably he is forecasting that a 12-inch MacBook with a retina display will be announced in mid-2014, and that it will have a redesigned clamshell that is thinner and lighter than the current MacBook Airs.
This is still definitely in rumor territory, especially because the debut could be a year away, but the prediction matches a report released earlier this week by NPD DisplaySearch that indicated a 12-inch MacBook Air debuting in the same timeframe with a 2304 x 1440 display.
This will make a lot of Apple fanbois happy. I suspect it will actually happen. The trend is always towards lighter, more powerful, more capable machines. Moore’s Law still rules, and will continue to do so for a good while yet. I further suspect, though, that Apple is suprisingly late to the party here. By the time this is released, that level of screen resolution will be ho-hum, and there will be much lighter, cheaper machines on the market.