Photos of what is alleged to be part of Apple’s anticipated 12-inch MacBook Air have found their way onto the web. The notebook, which was rumored as early as October 2013, is expected to fill the gap between Apple’s current 11-inch and 13-inch models.
The pictures, published by Chinese website iFanr, show what it says is the display case portion of Apple’s upcoming MacBook. Depicted in the photos are several shots of the part’s display as well as its metal shell, which shares a similar aluminum design with Apple’s current lineup of notebooks.
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However, there are a couple differences. Absent from the MacBook’s case is the iconic white backlit Apple logo and in its place is polished metal version, much like the one found on Apple’s iPhones. And the display uses an all glass bezel, a departure from current MacBook Air designs.
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While a specific resolution for the 12-inch MacBook Air hasn’t been confirmed, it’s expected to sport a Retina display as well as contain Intel’s low power Broadwell Core M processor. Other changes are also anticipated for the MacBook, including a slimmer design for the bottom case which may require Apple to eliminate almost all ports for the notebook, replacing them with a single USB Type-C port, according to 9to5Mac.
Apple hasn’t officially announced the MacBook, but production is expected to ramp up in the first quarter in preparation for a Spring 2015 release.