Following a forum post from a Chinese website, Digitimes is reporting that Apple will indeed ship a brand new MacBook Air with Retina display in the second half of this year.

The Digitimes article offers no specifics on what the new MacBook Air will feature, aside from the Retina display. A forum poster (who has a track record of accuracy) from last week said that the new model of laptop would feature a fan-less design in an even thinner form factor than the current MacBook Airs’ enclosure.

The person also claimed that the trackpad will also lose the mechanical tactility of a physical button, presumably to allow the laptop to be made even thinner.

9to5Mac previously covered a KGI report from October that predicted similar specifications — KGI said a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air was in the works. Like Digitimes, KGI stated a mid-to-late 2014 release window.

With multiple sources saying pretty much the same thing, all the signs indicate that a new Retina display Air is coming in the pipeline.

The Digitimes report also mentions that Quanta Computer is ramping production of a 12 inch iPad in the second-half of this year but the likelihood of this product is much less certain. The report today directly contradicts what Digitimes said earlier this month: “Apple has also been said to shelved its large-size tablet project”.

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