As an Apple enthusiast—and a person in need of a laptop upgrade—I was thrilled to hear the company dropped the price of its popular MacBook Air line. Which begs the question asked by tech writer Larry Magid: What’s next?
Apple-centric blog 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple is working on a far more radical re-design of its Mac line which could include a 12-inch model with a Retina display that could be “as portable as current 11-inch MacBook Air and productive as 13-inch MacBook Air.” And, according to the source they quote, it could be “lower cost than current Apple notebooks.” 9To5Mac is also speculating about a new lower-cost iMac and a new full-sized iPad.
While speculation can lead to some fantastical ideas—financial analysts, too, are notorious for broadcasting their predictions about Apple product launches—it’s also just that: thin air (no pun intended). Tech blogs have spent the past few years proffering the predicted the launch date of the iPhone 6 (which has yet to manifest), though hungry eyes have long been feasting on this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), an annual event hosted by Apple in its sixth year that brings together engineers and developers, and often serves as the space where new products and features are unveiled—or not.
For the time being, consumers can enjoy cheaper, faster MacBook Airs, and patiently await updates with the rest of the masses.