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MacBook Air 2014 Release Date, Features & Update: Top 5 Specs the Laptop May Sport Next Year

First Posted: Dec 13, 2013 11:06 AM EST

Rumors have been circulating that the MacBook Air slated to release next year might come with a Retina display. Since Apple has remained dead silent about such rumor, here is a round-up of rumored specs and features for the much awaited device that ought to be heard.

MacBook Air is rumored to go fanless next year according to a post in MacRumors' Forum. The thread starter said that Apple might consider replacing the device's spinning fans.

Dual Piezoelectric Cooling Jets or DCJ are said to mostly likely replace the current MacBook Air's design. The technology has been formulated by General Electric.

Furthermore, DCJ is reportedly considered by Lenovo for their ThinkPad. Responses to the thread show mixed reactions. Some tech junkies are saying that the redesign is most unlikely - seeing that the current MacBook Air is already silent. One even commented that the redesign would hold no functional advantage.

Next year's MacBook Air is also rumored to support touch. According to Product Reviews, this is less likely due to a couple of reasons. MacBook Air runs with MAC OS X Mavericks which does not support touch features. MacBook Air users are also not that keen on the said feature.

Another variety in terms of screen size is seen as highly possible in with MacBook Air 2014. The current generation MacBook Air is only available with 11-inch and 13-inch screens. If rumors are to be true, users might just see a middle 12-inch MacBook Air for the very first time next year.

MacBook Air 2014 might also be inspired by Microsoft's Surface. That is, the next generation MacBook Air may be a detachable device. Apple has reportedly applied patent for a removable device early this year, according to Phone Arena. However, it remains unclear as to what type the device actually is. Rumor mills are spurting that it could very well be a mash-up like an iPadBook Air perhaps?

Apple's next generation A8 chip will possibly make its way to MacBook Air 2014 as well, says Product Reviews. The report goes on to say that although possible, the bold move is highly unlikely.

The maker of MacBook Air currently makes use of A7 chips for the iPhone 5s. A rumored "A7X" chip is reportedly set to arrive in the next generation iPad, says MacRumors.

Then finally, there's Retina display. After all, who wouldn't want one? 

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