Macbook color options
Apple's next MacBook Air could come with new color options. Apple

The next MacBook Air could be receiving a splash of color in the near future.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has reportedly been working for some time on a new “ultra-thin” 12-inch MacBook Air to fill the gap between its current 11-inch and 13-inch models. While the 12-inch MacBook Air is expected to contain a number of new features, including a Retina screen and Intel Corp.’s (NASDAQ:INTC) next-generation Broadwell chip, a new report indicates that it will also launch with new color options.

Citing an unnamed source, A Tech Website indicates that Apple is planning to introduce two more color options to the MacBook, including Gold and Space Gray, which would match options currently available on the iPhone.

While KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expected the 12-inch MacBook to be released in mid-2014, shortages of the Intel Broadwell chip are believed to have pushed its launch to mid-2015.

The new MacBook Air could prove to be a popular option as demand for MacBooks continues to increase, despite waning iPad sales. As of June 2014, Apple had reported sales of 13.38 million Mac desktops and notebooks, a 14 percent increase over the previous year.

The new Mac is expected to be among the many selling points for Apple’s desktop platform, complementing the upcoming release of OS X Yosemite, which features an overhauled interface and continuity features which allow users to seamlessly work between their iOS and Mac computers.