2014 MacBook Air/Pro Release With Buttonless Trackpad: Top Features

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By Precious Silva | March 31, 2014 4:03 PM EST

Apple has been gearing up for a series of product launches this coming September. Much attention is on iPhone 6, the upcoming MacBook series has also been gradually coming into the spotlight.

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Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook speaks on stage during an Apple event in San Francisco, California October 22, 2013.

According to recent data, the 2014 MacBook Air will feature a fanless design along with a buttonless trackpad. What can people expect from Apple's next line of ultrathin laptops? 

MacRumors reported a post on Weiphone.com offered some details regarding what Apple has in store for its upcoming notebook series. There are also details provided about the iWatch. The author of the post released a series of leaks and photos showing a potential unreleased MacBook hardware. 

The author noted the next MacBook Pro or Air may be around 12 inches. Also, the new models may lack fan assembly and an all new trackpad. A reader from MacRumors translated and summarized the post.

According to the reader, MacBook Air updates are coming soon. MacBook Pro updates won't occur until September. He discussed a new 12-inch notebook without fan assembly. It comes with a new trackpad design that doesn't include the mechanical button, as we do on current MacBooks.

"An Apple watch device does exist but still in prototype stage, so its announcement won't come anytime soon." 

There are no further data provided on why Apple chose to release a 12-inch MacBook. Back in October 2013, KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested Apple may release a 12-inch thin MacBook with Retina display.

"We expect the unprecedented 12" model will boast both the portability of the 11" model, and productivity of the 13" model. The high resolution display will also offer the outstanding visual experience of the Retina MacBook Pro. The offering will likely be lighter and slimmer than the existing MacBook Air to further highlight ease of portability in the cloud computing era,"  the analyst said.

The buttonless trackpad appears truer each day as a patent sighting noted the similarities between the rumored feature and the grant. The patent grant discussed the use of a range of sensors, including an actuator to copy the ability and tactile feedback of the existing trackpad.

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Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook speaks on stage during an Apple event in San Francisco, California October 22, 2013.
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