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Retina MacBook Air release date, specs & features rumours: Is Apple making a Retina MacBook Air?

Ashleigh Allsopp | March 26, 2015
We round-up all of the rumours about a new MacBook Air with Retina display.

In addition to the rumours of a Retina display for the next MacBook Air, there are also reports to suggest that it'll boast Touch ID within its Trackpad, which may also get the Force Touch upgrade that was given to the 13in MacBook Pro on 9 March, and will come with the new MacBook when it launches on 10 April.

Touch ID is the fingerprint sensor that's built-in to the Home button of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It's also used to make Apple Pay more secure.

The rumour started with Taiwanese blog AppleCorner, which cited sources in the supply chain. Apparently the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad may get a biometric update too, enabling users to make Apple Pay payments on the web. According to an Independent report, Touch ID for the Mac line would require a dedicated chip to be built in to the device.

Will the non-Retina MacBook Air remain?

If Apple launches a Retina MacBook Air, will it discontinue the existing models? It's possible, but it's also likely that at least one of the models will remain, and we think it would be the 11in MacBook Air, as it's the cheapest and most portable of the range.

When Apple introduced the Retina display to the MacBook Pro, it discontinued most of the older models. Now, just one non-Retina MacBook Pro remains — the 13in MacBook Pro priced at £899 — so we expect the same to be true for whichever non-Retina MacBook Air Apple decides to continue.

We'll be updating this article as more information about the rumoured Retina MacBook Air emerges so check back from time to time for the latest news.


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