Thinking About the Hypothetical 12-inch Retina MacBook Air

When it comes to rumors, this is probably the last site you should read. If I actually know something, I’ll never tell. If I don’t know something, I’d be wasting your time. I can, however, share my nerd-lust for particularly juicy rumors. It seems like there is a lot of momentum building lately behind the idea of a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air, including this recent bit from Arnold Kim at Mac Rumors.

I don’t know if this is true or not but it makes a lot of sense. In size, I bet it wouldn’t be much bigger than the current 11-inch MacBook Air (that actually has an 11.6 inch screen and a wide bezel with plenty of space it could give up to a bigger screen). Acknowledging that I know nothing about what Apple intends to actually ship, I think it would also make a lot of sense to sell a small retina Mac and dump the existing 11-inch MacBook Air while leaving the non-retina 13-inch model for an entry level machine. My one question is battery life. The 11-inch form already has the least amount of space for batteries and retina screens are power-hungry. Last year we got a MacBook Air refresh at WWDC. June isn’t that far away. If you are in the market for a MacBook Air, I think now would be a good time to wait and see.