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2014 MacBook Air vs 2014 MacBook Pro: Which is Which and Top Killer Features to Expect

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By Precious Silva | March 29, 2014 1:19 PM EST

Apple has been on a roll recently with news about upcoming releases. The company is set to release its major product lines at the second half of 2014. These include the iPhone 6, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

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Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retnia display during an Apple event in San Francisco, California October 22, 2013.

According to recent information, the tech giant plans on releasing a new version of the MacBook Air with Retina Display and an improved variant of the MacBook Pro. What can people expect? Which is the better deal: a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro?

12-inch MacBook Air

According to a report by Cult of Mac, Apple will be releasing a 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina Display. Analysts believe this is Apple's answer to the constant concern from consumers whether the Air will receive a Retina treatment. Likewise, reports also noted that the 2014 MacBook Air with Retina could come with a 2K display plus eye-tracking technology. 

2014 MacBook Pro

According to analysts, they believe the refreshed version of the MacBook Pro line will not happen until September. Reports noted that along with the 12-inch MacBook, the new MacBook Pro line may feature a trackpad that does not feature a mechanical button. Apple recently received a patent grant describing the use of a button-less trackpad. It appears the company has not abandoned its venture into expanding touch surface of its products.

Another report from iPhonehacks suggested that the upcoming MacBook series may ship without a fan. It appears Apple has been working on fan-less models. Other reported features include a two-sided display that can allow solar charging. Apple Insider previously reported about a patent describing a MacBook display that functions both as an input and output device. The back side of the display will have embedded solar panels allowing users to control solar charging. 

It is not clear whether Apple will push through with these patents. Nonetheless, analysts believe that the company will not push for patent grants if they do not intend to transform the product line even more. The company will have to make an official announcement about these products. The reported September release will also possibly feature the iWatch.

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Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retnia display during an Apple event in San Francisco, California October 22, 2013.
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