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Apple Could Release 14-inch MacBook Air

Apple may produce a 14-inch MacBook Air according to sources within the upstream component supply chain in Asia.

Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai from Digitimes (opens in new tab) claim that the company may start mass production of the device in the near future with the Asian market - particularly China - in its sights.

The sources noted that 14-inch models are popular in Asia where they make up to 40 per cent of the market share compared to around 25 per cent elsewhere with a 15-inch models being the most popular

Apple produces two MacBook Air models, a 11.6-inch model and a 13.3-inch model. Therefore one could argue that a 14-inch model would complement, rather than replace, the existing 13.3-inch model.

Indeed, the model released could be the first version of the new MacBook Pro which is tipped to replace the existing range of Apple devices.

The current 13.3-inch MacBook Air has a screen resolution of 1440 by 900 pixels, the same as the 15-inch MacBook Pro while the 13.3-inch model reaches only 1280 by 800 pixels.

The MacBook Pro range are not due an upgrade for the next four months or so given. Last year saw two MacBook Pro refreshes one in February and the other one in October.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.