Apple's next Macbook Air ditches full-sized USB ports, SD slots: Reports

By Silky Malhotra | Updated 7 Jan 2015
Apple's next Macbook Air ditches full-sized USB ports, SD slots: Reports
  • Apple next 12 inch MacBook Air will feature a new thinner, lighter design, smaller USB ports and a higher resolution display.

Apple's long rumored 12-inch Macbook Air has a "radically new" body that's much thinner and narrower than the 11-inch MacBook Air, a higher resolution display and features a Type C USB port.

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According to a report, the new MacBook Air has been completely redesigned and is approximately a quarter-of-an-inch narrower than the 11-inch version, but also a quarter-of-an-inch taller to accommodate the slightly larger display. The bezels on the display has been reduced on all sides in order to fit the larger screen in a smaller body like that of the 11 inch model. The laptop has a tapered, teardrop-like design, with four redesigned speaker grills above the keyboard that work as ventilation holes also.

The new keyboard sits edge to edge across the laptop and the keys are placed closer together, in order to make the laptop as narrow as possible. Apple has also changed the trackpad making it a little taller and it does not have the same clicking effect as found in earlier models.

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Apple is also leaving the standards MagSafe connectors, full-sized USB ports and SD card slots in favour of smaller Type C USB ports. According to the report, the new Type C USB ports are placed on the left side while the right side has dual-microphones for input and noise-canceling and a standard headphone jack.

The new USB Type-C connector is smaller and faster than the standard USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports and can also charge laptops. Similar to Apple lightening connector, it is reversible, making standard MagSafe plugs unnecessary.

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According to reports Apple is already nearly production for the MacBook Air and is expected to be launched in mid-2015. The new MacBook Air may come in the new space grey color seen its latest iOS devices and on some Macs.

Read: Apple reportedly working on 'iPhone 6S mini' with 4-inch display

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Read: iPad Air Plus with 12.2-inch display, A9 processor rumoured

Source: 9To5 Mac

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