Recent news out of Asia suggests that Apple may be preparing to launch a larger version of its ultra-light MacBook Air. The MacBook Air currently comes in 11-inch and 13-inch models. The new model would be 14 inches. It is unclear whether the 14-inch model would be a replacement for the 13-inch model, or a third option.
The MacBook Air is currently available in Citing sources in the industry supply chain, DigiTimes says that Apple could begin mass production of the new model “in the near future.” A 14-inch MacBook Air would be intended to appeal to the Asian PC market, where 14-inch laptops are apparently the norm.
As always, rumors like this should be taken with a grain of salt. If true, though, this would not be the first time in recent memory that Apple has taken steps to increase its presence in Asian markets. A recent deal with China Telecom brought Apple’s iPhone to the carrier. Previously only one of China’s three main mobile carriers - China Unicom - offered the iPhone. Apple has had some trouble getting the iPhone to catch on in China, the world’s largest mobile phone market. A recent report showed that Apple actually lost market share in China last year, falling to fifth place behind Samsung, Nokia, Huawei Technologies, and ZTE Corporation.
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