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12-inch Retina MacBook Air to ship in Q2, says WSJ

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Manufacturers are gearing up to ship Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display in Q2, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. Mass production has already started but it won’t be available to ship in "large quantities" until sometime between April and June. The question is, will it be unveiled during Monday’s Apple Watch event as many hope.

Inputs are said to be limited

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac first reported on the 12-inch Macbook Air with a "radically new design" in January. Notably, the "MacBook Stealth" (as it’s called internally) eschews the full-sized USB ports, MagSafe connector, and SD Card slot we’ve grown accustomed to seeing on Apple’s MacBook Air range. Instead, inputs are said to be limited to a reversible USB Type-C port, headphone jack, and dual-microphones. The changes allow for a thinner and lighter body, according to Gurman.

Apple launched the MacBook Air in 2008 and currently sells it in 11.6- or 13.3-inch configurations.