Apple Rumoured To Be Producing New 11.6-Inch MacBook Air

Apple has commissioned laptop maker Quanta to manufacture 400,000 to 500,000 11.6 inch MacBook Air laptops.

The laptops are rumoured to ship in December.

According to tech news site AppleInsider, the company has revamped the ultra-light MacBook and given it a sleeker design.

The new MacBook Air will ship with a LED Backlit screen, which is about two inches smaller than the existing 13.3 inch MacBook Air.

AppleInsider reports that the company began experimenting with a lighter partial carbon fibre enclosure, which is capable of shedding the laptops by more than a hundred grams.

The company, which updated the MacBook Air line over a year ago, is looking to offer a lighter and more sleeker variant, targeted at business users.

With the success of the iPad and the iPhone 4, Apple might be looking to revive the dwindling MacBook Air sales by introducing a new design.

Quanta is expected to ship 13-13.2 million notebooks in the third quarter, 3.5 per cent less than what it had shipped in the second quarter.