Along with the iWatch and iPhone 6, Apple is reportedly also planning to launch a 12-inch Retina Macbook as well as a 4K Mac desktop later this year according to a report by 9to5mac. Apple is said to be planning an October event soon after the final release of the company’s latest version of OS X, Yosemite, earlier in the month.
The smaller 12-inch MacBook is said to feature Apple’s high-resolution Retina Display technology as well as a thinner and lighter aluminum body. It is unsure whether the new MacBook will be branded as a smaller version of the MacBook Pro or a new MacBook Air but according to the report Apple is claiming that the new laptop will be a “significant step forward in the laptop industry.”
As for the new desktops, the report states that Apple is planning to either launch a new iMac with a 4K resolution screen or a standalone Thunderbolt Display but is unclear whether Apple plans to market the new desktop as a “Retina” display because, according to the report, “the technology for true pixel-doubling of the current 27-inch iMac and Thunderbolt Display’s 2560 x 1440 resolution is not ready for market.”
The report also mentioned that Apple is planning to leverage the new hardware as a selling point for the new OS X Yosemite as it features a new aesthetic design that the company says is made for high-resolution displays. “Those interface elements appear especially optimized on higher-resolution screens, so it makes sense for us to debut new Retina Macs around the time of Yosemite’s release,” a source said.
Also scheduled for a big reveal in October is Apple’s first wearable device, the iWatch, but it is unknown whether Apple will reveal all the devices in the same event or have separate keynotes for their Mac line and their new wearable device.
Lastly, while the new computers are currently scheduled to ship around lateQ3 or early Q4 of 2014 it is possible that they could be pushed back as far as early 2015 due to “constraints to Intel chipsets” as well as conflicts with other devices that are in the 2014 calendar.