MacBook Air 2014 12-Inch Retina Release Date: Possible 2015 Launch Date for Apple’s Upcoming Notebook, Report Says

The 12-inch Retina MacBook Air could be launched any where from 2014 to 2015.

The news was reported by DigiTimes, a source that AppleInsider claims has an “unreliable track record” of predicting the launch of upcoming Apple devices.

Some components of the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air are currently being produced “in small volumes,” DigiTimes says, citing “Taiwan-based supply chain makers.”

DigiTimes are not the first to take a stab at predicting when the new MacBook Air is slated for launch.

KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable upcoming Apple product tipster, is predicting an early 2015 in light of news that 14-nm Intel Broadwell chips, which will be used in the manufacturing of the 12-inch MacBook Air, could be delayed until February 2015.

However, there is still hope yet that the 12-inch MacBook Air could launch in time holiday 2014, because Intel has since said that the “first systems based on the Intel Core M processor will be on shelves for the holiday selling season.”

Incorporating the new 14-nm Intel Broadwell chips will allow Apple to feature a fanless design in the 12-inch MacBook Air because that chip doesn’t require a cooling fan.

The 12-inch MacBook Air could also feature a redesigned, ultra-thin chassis and a new trackpad design without a mechanical button.