Apple's MacBook Pro notebooks come with a retina display with the 13-inch version sporting a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels and 15.4-inch model featuring a resolution of 2880x1800 pixels. Shrinking a high resolution display and reducing the notebook's weight while keeping costs in control, would possibly be the challenges that Apple would face while working on a Retina display equipped MacBook Air. The rumour comes shortly after a report that suggested that Apple is planning to launch an all new 12-inch MacBook Air with a radical redesign. The new version of MacBook will reportedly come without the cooling fan, which indicates that it will be ultra-thin and light in weight.
The Digitimes report also quotes some other unnamed Taiwan-based suppliers as saying that MacBook shipments in 2014 are likely to drop by about 15% from 12 million units in 2013 to 10 million units or even 9.9 million units. It adds that shipments in January-February 2014 were as expected; however, Apple has significantly decreased shipments in March.
It also mentions that Apple will launch the long rumoured 12-inch iPad in the second half of 2014, with Quanta Computer manufacturing the device for the Cupertino giant. Previously, a number of analysts and publications have suggested that Apple is testing a 12-inch+ iPad.