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In an attempt to offer unique functionality compared to various ultra-books that this year will address the markets of media tablets as well as ultra-thin notebooks, Apple plans to install high-resolution retina-class displays onto its MacBook Air laptops later this year.

Apple MacBook Air thin-and-light notebooks historically used Apple’s most advanced technologies to provide end-users decent performance and pleasant experience amid ultra-slim form-factor and ultra-light weight. However, Apple first used the retina-class screen technology for notebooks on professional MacBook Pro line last year, leaving its consumer laptops with screens on par with those offered by competitors. This year, Apple will finally bring its retina technology to MacBook Air.

According to a number of media reports (1, 2, 3), which cite similar sources among supplier of components, Apple intends to introduce a new generation of MacBook Air thin-and-light notebooks with high-resolution retina-class displays in the third quarter of the year. It is projected that both 11” and 13” versions of the laptops will receive new screens, but the details about resolution, brightness and other details are unclear.

Even though technically installing considerably improved displays into Apple MacBook Air products is hardly a really big deal since the MacBook Pro’s retina display modules with screen itself, protection glass, backlight and other components is already pretty slim, it will still be a challenge to create an MBA with retina. Since screens with high resolutions demand higher amount of power, Apple will need to use new generation of batteries that fulfill power demands and do not make the ultra-thin laptops thicker.

For the new MacBook Air laptops Apple is likely to be interested to use Intel Corp.’s next-generation Core i-series 4000-family “Haswell” microprocessors since they consume lower amount of power than existing Core i5 “Ivy Bridge” 3000-series chips and provide higher performance in graphics intensive applications. Still, it is unclear whether Intel will be on track with low-power versions of Haswell in Q3 2013.

Apple did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Apple, macbook, MacBook Air, Haswell, Intel, Core, 32nm

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So yesterday. BTW Tim Cook, you can use AMD to fit the purpose - because you know, Intel is directly competing with you on the same product line with ultrabooks.
0 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 02/20/13 05:29:36 AM]
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AMD does not have any low power consumption models that equal the same performance as an i5 Sandy Bridge. AMD processors still use too much power to be used in ultrabooks. Yes, AMD graphics is better than Intel HD 4000.

AMD is just lucky to have customers like Sony and Microsoft using APU in the next generation of game consoles.

Apple makes Macintosh that requires a CPU. Apple picked Intel for their CPU supplier. Apple and Intel is not in competition of CPU. Apple makes Mac OS X that runs on 80x86 that does not relate to Intel as a competitor. Mac OS X is a competitor to Windows. Intel is supplying what Apple wants. You can see that because of Apple pushy attitude towards Ultrabooks, Intel is providing low power consumption processors with high performance. This was not Intel's plan for their processors in the past. Later Ultrabooks became Intel's plan for regular PC that runs Windows.
1 0 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 02/20/13 02:23:47 PM]
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I think you might want to re-examine your opinion. My wide reading points to increased competitiveness between Intel and Apple in the same space (OS is a secondary choice for most consumers - as long as they can surf the net and open Word and Excel files). Now, would you prefer an Intel Ultrabook and an Intel TV STB, or the same from Apple? Watch when Apple substitute x86 for 64-bit ARM in their laptops - look to 2016. Of course, they could save all the bother and go with a non-threatening company in AMD who is just a fabless SoC designer of excellent chips. Kabini would do the job nicely ("... the 28nm quad-core SoC will be available in a 15-watt, quad-core version, said to be comparable to Intel's Ivy Bridge Core i3-3217U <circa June 2012>. This will offer a 50 percent performance improvement compared with the existing Brazos 2.0 chips, while enabling over 10 hours of battery life"...) to play mp3, movies and post to Facebook, and even do a little gaming - a market Apple hasn't tried to corner yet... think, Cook, think.
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 02/20/13 08:49:45 PM]
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...Apple will finally bring its retina technology to MacBook Air.


Or, what everyone else just calls very high-resolution displays.
1 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 02/20/13 12:22:53 PM]
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