updated 09:22 am EDT, Wed March 26, 2014
Sources also maintain existence of 12-inch iPad
Apple is planning to launch a Retina MacBook Air in the second half of 2014, alongside other updated MacBooks, Taiwanese supply chain sources claim. Although the MacBook Pro has had Retina options for a couple of years, the Air has been stuck with resolutions topping out at 1366x768 or 1440x900, depending on screen size. A Retina upgrade may be possible due to easier and/or cheaper production of Retina panels, and the need for Apple to keep the Air attractive next to Windows laptops with Retina-equivalent graphics.
The sources also back the notion that Apple is working on a 12-inch iPad, saying it will be manufactured by Quanta. Rumors about such a tablet -- sometimes nicknamed the iPad Pro -- have largely died out in recent weeks. Apple may want one to compete with similarly-sized tablets from the likes of Samsung; also, the fact that the most recent 9.7-inch iPad became the "iPad Air" may indicate plans for a MacBook-like product lineup.